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Do You Consider Yourself a Night Owl?

Is it that, no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t get up in the morning? Or, you somehow manage to make it out of bed, but feel awful, groggy, and tired all throughout the day?

Imagine waking up naturally at whatever time you choose — be it 5:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. — feeling happy and wide awake, without an alarm clock. No more hitting the snooze button six times, making yourself late because you fell back asleep, or drinking three cups of coffee before you can even open your eyes.

You have the opportunity to make this dream a reality!

By utilizing the following three techniques you can enable yourself to become an “early riser”.

Step #1 — Early to Bed, Early to Rise

This may seem obvious, but going to bed early will help you wake up early. And it’s an amazing feeling. You get as much sleep as required, and wake up early, naturally.

A lot of people can’t wake up early because they consider themselves a “night owl,” meaning they feel that they’re better suited to being awake and alert late at night, thus sleep late into the morning. Unfortunately, this is difficult to do in the real world, unless you work in a job where you can set your own hours.

All that ends up happening is that you stay up late, and then begrudgingly force yourself awake every morning because you feel so tired.

But don’t worry.

Even if you consider yourself a night owl, your routine can be changed. Try going to bed a little earlier each night and see how you feel. Perhaps adjust the time earlier by 15-30 minutes a day. It may be difficult at first to fall asleep. To remedy this, try reading in bed or experimenting with herbal supplements, like Valerian, to help you naturally drift off.

Once your body gets used to this routine, you’ll naturally start to feel tired earlier in the evening, thus getting the sleep necessary to be able to wake up early in the morning.

Step #2 — Program Your Mind and Body to Wake Up

Yes, it’s true. You can program your mind like a computer to respond to certain things in a certain way. In this case, you desire to wake up early and on time without so much effort and difficulty.

There is a very effective technique introduced by Steve Vavlina on his website.

He suggests getting your body used to responding to the alarm clock instantly, by setting the alarm clock during the day, then getting into bed as if you’re sleeping. Set it for a few minutes later, get under the covers, and shut your eyes. As soon as the alarm goes off, instantly sit up, and get out of bed. Steve suggests doing this 3-10 times, twice a day, until this method becomes effective.

The repetition programs the response into the brain, and it eventually becomes autonomous, or second nature. If you keep practicing this, then eventually this same response will happen in the morning, for the real alarm.

You’ll just jump out of bed automatically without thinking!

Step #3 — Alarm Clock Antics

This last step offers a couple tips to make sure your alarm actually wakes you up.

The first thing to do is put the alarm clock out of reach. If you can reach it, you can snooze it. If you can snooze it, you’re probably not going to get out of that warm bed.

Set it across the room from you or at least out of reach of your fingertips. Make sure you actually have to get out from under the covers to turn it off. You’ll find that once you’re out of bed, you’re unlikely to jump back under the covers.

It’s easier to just keep on walking and go and grab a cup of coffee!

Another thing to do is vary the alarm clock sound. After a while, you get used to the same old sound at the same old time every morning. Vary the volume, change the actual sound of the alarm, or maybe use the radio instead of the alarm. Alternatively, if you use the alarm on your cell phone, simply change the ring tone. Do this every few days, so the sound of the alarm is a surprise, and actually wakes you up.

The last thing you could do is make the assault come from all directions.

Put up more than one alarm. You’ll be amazed how many devices have an alarm function. Tablet computers, laptops, and even cookers all have alarms.

And if they don’t, there’s a marvelous little timer device you can buy that you can plug into the electrical socket of each appliance. The timer can be set to turn on the device at whatever time. You’ll give yourself little choice in the morning to get up if you hear the vacuum cleaner, the CD player, the alarm, and the lights come on!

Here’s to pleasant dreams… and even more pleasant mornings!