How do I wake up early? by Lat Nayar
Answer by Lat Nayar:
It took me years to wake up early.
I tried all sorts of tips, tricks and hacks.
Adjusting the alarm clock, placing it further from me so I need to get up to switch it off, keeping coffee by my bedside etc etc.
None of them worked.
So, I turned to the basics :-
A. I needed to be rested well in order to wake up early.
B. I needed to be disciplined so I could wake up early.
C. I needed to be balanced to sustain the practice of waking up early.
To start the process of (A), I ensured I slept early.
When I went to bed at midnight, it was ridiculous to think that I could wake up at 5 am and feel good about it.
So, I started to go to bed at 9 pm.
But like the chicken-and-egg question, which comes first? Wake up early first or sleep early first?
Well, I tried to sleep early first.
The first night I tried it, I could not sleep till midnight.
Naturally then, I struggled to wake up at 5am.
That's when I called upon (B). The discipline.
I gritted my teeth and told myself "It's just for today. Tomorrow I will feel better".
I got up at 5am.
I went through my day as best I could. Exhausted by 9 pm, I slid gratefully into bed.
The next morning, it was easier to wake up at 5am. Still needed a little bit of discipline, though. It was delicious to stay in bed. Still, I got up.
It was tempting with my full night's rest to indulge in TV shows and stints on social media till midnight.
Here's where balance (C) came into the picture.
I switched off my laptop and phone by 8pm.
I did some reading. Then some meditation.
I eased into bedtime.
It became much easier to maintain my 9pm bedtime and 5am wakeup.
Over time, I added more "balancing" activities – exercise, healthy food etc.
I slept much better with all these changes.
And woke up energised and refreshed.
It all began with the basics!