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7 tips to Waking up Early

August 18, 2021

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As a SAHM or a WAHM, there is so much we’re responsible for on a daily basis. Right from the moment I wake up, it’s go go go. Having 3 kids and no help from anyone other than my husband can be tough at times. Oftentimes, I’m left with the thought, I wish there were more hours in the day. As a mom, the only thing to do was to find out “how to wake up early in the morning”? And that’s what I did.

One of the best habits I’ve developed as a mom is waking up early, or I should say, waking up before my kids. I can do the things that need to be done before my kids wake up, and it feels so good. For me, it is super important to have my own morning routine before they’re awake. As much as I use the time to prepare things for the family, this morning routine is important too because I need time for myself. Because we all know that once your kids wake up, you really don’t have any time for yourself for the rest of the day until bedtime. Since my kids wake up around 7 am, I choose to wake up at 5:30 am to give myself some time to do my morning routine, pending tasks, and chores before taking care of my little monsters. If this is something that you want to do too, today I’m going to share some tips on how to wake up early in the morning, including how this has helped me become a better mom and has also helped me maintain my sanity.

1. Make sure sleep the recommended hours

Getting a good night’s sleep (I know this one might be an obvious one but for some reason, it’s probably a pretty hard one to do.) Since Doug owns a restaurant, he comes home a bit late, so I always try to stay up to wait for him. But since I have to wake up early in the morning, I can stay awake till 11 pm max. So usually I try to go to bed by 10:30 pm so I can wake up at 5:30 am and get a solid 6-7 hours of sleep.

2. A big No to GADGETS

If you’re asking, how to wake up early in the morning, my answer is “No phones before and after bed.” Trust me, I know this is hard, especially because part of my job is social media so, it’s definitely tough not to check my phone. But I’ve learned to set boundaries and not let that take over my life. So before I go to sleep, I’ll either watch a little tv with Doug or read a book (this will put me to bed real fast). Also, not using my phone at night won’t trigger my brain to start thinking about things I need to do…then I’ll stay awake.

3. Temperature

Make sure your room temperature is around 65-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Believe it or not, it absolutely affects the quality of your sleep. So, keeping your room cool is pretty important.

4. Sleep in the DARK

black out curtains

This one is pretty important because, believe it or not, having just a little light in your room from your phone or even a street light can affect your sleep. So we always set our phone to “sleep mode” and do not disturb” “setting. Also, black-out curtains will help if you have really bright street lights.

5. Scale back time

Start by scaling back your sleeping time 15 mins a day. If you usually go to sleep at 12 am and your goal is to sleep at 10:30 pm, make sure you scale back 15 mins at a time so you wake up earlier and earlier.

6. Soothing alarm

sunrise alarm

Set your alarm but use a soothing noise instead of a loud beeping noise. This will aid in your transition if you are thinking about how to wake up early without an alarm. I no longer need my alarm to wake up since I’ve been waking up at the same time for so long every day.

7. Reward yourself with an amazing morning routine

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One thing that really helps me in my quest of how to wake yourself up in the morning. especially as a mom, is to find something that makes me feel good. It can be exercising, yoga, walking, running (I take Opie on a run every other day because since having kids, I’ve neglected him a little bit so this is how I get my me and Opie time), meditate, gardening, etc. For me, it is exercising, meditating, and then going to my garden. It makes my morning peaceful, and I don’t get a feeling of being rushed…Plus I love my quiet time. I don’t like the feeling of being rushed. Because you know as soon as your kids wake up your time is theirs.

I hope you enjoyed this post on how to wake up early in the morning, Comment below if you’ve started waking up early!

love,

Tiffany

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