If you want to wake up early and study in the morning, make sure you read this article until the end. Today, I’m going to share some practical tips and guides that will definitely help you become an early riser if you follow them.
Back in the day, I used to struggle a lot to wake up early. Every night, I would sleep with the intention of waking up early and studying, but in the morning, I would snooze my alarm. However, I eventually learned how to wake up early, and I want to share my tips with you.
If you have a similar story to mine, then I believe you need the same cure. So, without further ado, let’s dive straight into these tips.
1. Take enough sleep at night:
If you want to wake up early to study, it’s essential to get enough sleep at night. To do this, you should aim to sleep early.
For instance, if you want to wake up at 4 am, you should aim to sleep at 10 PM because I believe that six hours of sleep is sufficient for a student. However, if you can’t complete your sleep in six hours, then you should try to sleep before 10 PM.
The earlier you sleep, the easier it will be to wake up early, and when you get enough sleep, you will not only be energetic but also enjoy your study without feeling sleepy or tired.
If you’re a night owl and want to become a morning person, make it a habit to sleep early. However, during exam time or when you need to study more, and you have to sleep late and wake up early, try to follow the next tips.
2. Leave your phone before bed:
Many youngsters and students struggle with using their phones before sleep. They tend to spend 1-2 hours on their phones before finally going to bed. However, this habit can have negative effects on your sleep quality and your eyes.
To optimize your sleep routine, it’s best to avoid using your phone for at least half an hour before you go to sleep. Healthline.com has explained how blue light from phones can damage our eyes permanently, and I strongly recommend reading this article.
If you’re addicted to using your phone before sleep, then I suggest reading my guide on how to avoid phone addiction. By breaking this habit, you’ll be able to sleep earlier and wake up feeling more refreshed.
3. Repeat in your mind, “I have to wake up early”
If you’re struggling to wake up early, try this simple trick: repeat in your mind, “I have to wake up early.” This can be a powerful tool for training your subconscious mind to help you achieve your goal.
Your subconscious mind is responsible for many of your habitual behaviors, and by repeating this message to yourself, you can program it to wake you up earlier. This process is called hammering, and it can be a powerful way to achieve your goals.
Before you sleep, think about your goals for studying and tell your mind that you need to wake up early to achieve them. Say to yourself, “I have to wake up early for my studies, and I’ll make it happen.” With practice, you may find that you can wake up naturally before your alarm goes off.
However, it’s still important to set an alarm as a backup plan. In the next point, I’ll discuss how to optimize your alarm to make waking up easier.
4. Use a sunrise alarm
Most people rely on alarms to wake up, but often they end up either sleeping through the alarm or hitting snooze repeatedly. This is because they might use a pleasant alarm tone and keep the alarm close to their bed.
To avoid this, try using an alarm tone that is irritating and can force you to wake up to study. Additionally, place your alarm away from your bed so that you have to physically get up to turn it off.
Another option is to use a Sunrise Alarm, which wakes you up gradually with virtual sunlight. The one I have featured above helps you wake up more naturally and feel more refreshed. This alarm has 7 color features, natural sounds, FM radio, and special features such as sunrise and sunset simulations. Check out the above image.
If you use your phone as an alarm clock, I recommend downloading the Alarmy-Morning Alarm app (not sponsored).
It’s free and highly effective, with a loud tone and no snooze option. What sets this app apart is that it requires you to complete a mission (such as taking pictures or solving math problems) before you can turn off the alarm.
Regardless of which alarm you choose, make sure to keep it away from your bed. This will force you to get up and turn it off, which can help you avoid the temptation to snooze or turn it off and go back to sleep.
5. Think about your goal after waking up:
Even after applying all the tips, it can still be challenging to get out of bed once you’ve woken up. One way to combat this is to drink a glass of cold water instead of coffee or tea. While coffee can be great to wake you up, cold water can be even more effective at breaking your sleep and making you feel less sleepy.
If you wake up and still feel like going back to sleep, take five minutes to think about your goals, your performance in class, and your level of study. Reminding yourself of why you want to wake up early and study can give you the motivation you need to get up and start your day.
6. Don’t jump straight into studying after waking up
Although your goal is to study, it’s not recommended to immediately start studying as soon as you wake up. Instead, prepare yourself for studying by doing some exercises or stretches first. Engaging in physical activity before studying can help enhance your learning and create new neural connections.
You don’t need to go to the gym and exercise for an hour or two. Just a small workout or a brisk walk for 10-20 minutes at home is enough to get your blood flowing before starting your study session.
After exercising or meditating, you can start studying with renewed energy and focus.
7. Familiarize Yourself with the Benefits of Waking Up Early
Most successful people today have one thing in common – they wake up early. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” and it’s true. Many successful people are early birds.
If you want to learn more about successful people who wake up early, check out this article: “Success People Who Wake Up Incredibly Early.“
Now, let’s talk about some benefits of waking up early for students.
1. You’ll feel fresh and energetic:
Have you ever noticed that when you wake up early and start your day, you feel fresher and more energetic? This is because you’ve had a good night’s sleep and your body is ready to start the day.
On the other hand, if you wake up late, you’ll feel sluggish and out of sorts. Even if you’re a night owl, ask any early riser how they feel after waking up early.
2. You’ll have more time to study
If you ask your parents what time you should study, they’ll probably tell you to wake up early and study in the morning. And they’re right – studying in the morning is a great way to start your day.
Research from Texas University has shown that students who wake up early tend to score better grades than those who wake up late. This is because you have more uninterrupted time to study in the morning when the world is still quiet.
Additionally, your brain is refreshed after a good night’s sleep, which makes it easier to remember what you’re studying.
3. You can make time for exercise and meditation:
If you wake up early to study, it doesn’t mean you have to study all morning. You can also use this time to exercise and meditate.
Even just 30 minutes of exercise or meditation in the morning can make a big difference in your overall health and well-being. Plus, starting your day with exercise or meditation can help you stay focused and productive throughout the day.
How can I motivate myself to wake up early and study?
You may have watched many motivational videos or read articles to motivate yourself to wake up early, but when it comes to actually waking up, you might forget all the motivation you had before going to sleep.
Instead of relying on external motivation, you should find ways to motivate yourself that will guarantee you wake up on time. One way to do this is by reminding yourself of your dreams and goals. When you wake up in the morning and feel the urge to go back to sleep, ask yourself if your sleep is more valuable than your studies and goals.
If you are serious about achieving your goals and succeeding in your studies, you will be less likely to prioritize sleeping over studying.
What is the best time to wake up, and how long should you study after waking up?
In my opinion, the best time to wake up for studying is between 3 to 5 a.m. I personally find this time to be highly productive for my work and studies. However, it is important to follow a regular sleep and wake schedule that aligns with your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
As for how long you should study after waking up, I suggest starting with half to one hour for beginners. Once you become comfortable with studying in the morning, you can gradually increase your study time.
In this article, I have provided 7 practical tips that can help you wake up early and study effectively. I hope you found these tips helpful. By following these tips for at least 21 days, you can develop a habit of waking up early.
Now, I would like to hear from you:
What did you think of this article and the tips provided? Do you plan to implement these tips starting today?
Let me know in the comments below. I am curious to hear your thoughts.