I am a pro at oversleeping. I can’t remember the last time (until now) I consistently got up at a certain time. Being in school and then being a teacher, sleep schedules were thrown off by summers and vacations. Then I quit my job when I was 5 months pregnant. There were days I would sleep until noon. Horrible idea. Once Baby D was born, I went from getting 12+ hours of sleep each night to MAYBE 3! It was rough! Now, my baby is on a sleep schedule and I actually can get myself on one too! Here is how I’m doing it!
- Get Enough Sleep. I know we all want to be supermoms, but when we try to get up at 4:30 every morning when it’s not possible to get to bed until 11, we are setting ourselves up for failure! Figure out what amount of sleep you function best on. I need 7, prefer 8, and would LOVE 9! I shoot for 8 every night and envy those of you who can function on only 6.
- Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Easier said than done, I know, but do your best, especially on “school nights.”
- UNPLUG! How many times does John Tesh need to warn us of the effect the blue lights from our phones have on us before we change our ways? Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to unplug at least an hour before bed. Turn off the TV and read a book! It really helps you wind down.
- Try to get up at the same time every morning. Yup, even on the weekend. You’ll be amazed at how much longer the weekend feels when you start it earlier each morning!
- Put your phone/alarm clock in the bathroom! This has actually helped me the most in being successful in getting up early. For one, I have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. By the time I get there, I’m right by the bathroom, so I might as well use it. Then I might as well put my contacts in. Then I might as well get my workout clothes on…It’s a domino effect!
- DON’T GET BACK INTO BED! It’s so tempting, but I find I not only get horrible sleep if I try to give myself an extra 15-30 minutes, but I’m so groggy once I get up!
- Give yourself a break. Sometimes. Occasionally, it’s okay to sleep in a bit. There are nights you just don’t sleep. Babies get teeth, neighbors practice their 4th of July fireworks the entire month of June, and cats literally leap OVER your husband onto you, leaving you with a giant scratch near your butt. (Yup, it happened.) Do yourself a favor and reset your alarm right then, not when it goes off. You could use the extra DEEP sleep, not extra sleep 9 minutes at a time as you hit the snooze button over and over again.
- Regroup. If you try waking up at 5 every morning for a few weeks and are still feeling super groggy, this might not be working for you. Try getting up at 5:30 and see how you feel. It’s not worth getting up super early if you are a zombie all day. Figure out what works for you and do it!