10 Ways You Can Be A Successful Early Riser

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The average person sleeps about 8-9 hours a day. Now, just imagine for a second how much more exciting and successful your life could be if you would gain 3 additional hours of valuable time every single day.

Imagine, getting up at 5AM without being tired and buzzing with energy throughout the entire day.

In only one year, you would gain almost 1100 hours or 45 days.

What would you do with all that extra time?

You could take your business to the next level, you could learn a foreign language, you could spend more time with your family…

But, isn’t it terribly difficult to get up early every day?

Sure, forming a new habit is always somewhat challenging at the beginning. You may be struggling a bit the first few days. After one week it is already much easier and after 3-4 weeks you will have created a new habit and it surely won’t be a big deal any longer.

So, yes, you probably will be tired for about a week. But, your body gets used to the new rhythm and to having less sleep very quickly – much quicker than you may think.

And you know, it is not so much the quantity of sleep you get, but much more the quality of your sleep that really counts.

Several years ago, I was sleeping almost 9 hours a day. And still, several times during the day I felt very tired. Now, I’m sleeping only 6 hours a day and I’m feeling much fresher and much more energized.

Here is the simple formula to greatly improve the quality of your sleep and to make getting up at 5AM really easy:

 

1: Change your beliefs about getting up early

Most people believe that they need 8 or 9 hours of sleep a day to “function” properly. I know from my experience and from the experience of many other people, that 6 hours is absolutely enough.

Re-condition your mind and tell yourself that after a short period of adaptation you will be feeling absolutely great with only 6 hours of sleep a day and that it is NOT a big deal at all to get up at 5AM.

 

2: Don’t eat several hours before going to sleep

I recommend, you don’t eat anything after 7PM. Also, avoid drinking coffee, black tea or alcohol 6-7 hours before going to sleep.

If you eat before going to sleep, additional energy will be required by your digestive system, the quality of your sleep will suffer and you will wake up tired in the morning.

 

3. You need a good reason to get up early

Think about why you would like to have more time in your life. What drives and motivates you? This will help you to get up early.

I also recommend you write a task list for the following day and you define what task(s) you will tackle first thing in the morning. If you get up early and then you don’t know what to do, there is a “risk” that you just go back to bed.

 

4: Calm your mind before going to bed

Make it a habit to meditate or relax 20-30 minutes before going to bed. Don’t work or watch TV just before going to bed. If you do that, your mind keeps on running, it will take you longer to fall asleep, your sleep won’t be as deep and relaxed as it should be and you will be tired the next day.

 

5: Make a firm decision to get up at 5AM and turn it into an exciting challenge

Before falling asleep, tell yourself to get up at 5AM – no matter what! Visualize yourself having a deep, relaxing and energizing good night’s sleep and getting out of bed at 5AM feeling refreshed and excited to start the day.

That way, you condition your subconscious mind and getting up early will be much easier.

Make “getting up at 5AM” an exciting challenge. Most people won’t even try their entire life, many of those who try give up after only a few days… Yes, getting up early is a habit mostly used by highly successful people.

Will you succeed? Of course you will!

 

6: Don’t Snooze

I know, it’s tempting to snooze when the alarm clock rings, but it only makes your challenge of getting up early more difficult. You snooze once, the next day maybe twice, then you stay half an hour longer…

Don’t think, don’t negotiate, don’t try to find any reasons why it would not be a problem to stay a few minutes longer… just get up, just do it!

You can even practice this behavior during the day: Lie down, set your alarm clock to ring in 5 minutes, relax and pretend you are sleeping… and as soon as the alarm goes off, tell yourself: “Time to get up, I’m looking forward to another exciting day…” – and just get out of bed.

 

7: Put your alarm clock out of reach

If the temptation to snooze is too strong, put the alarm clock further away from your bed so that you have no other choice than getting out of bed to switch off the alarm.

 

8: Time to fully wake up

Ok, you just got out of your bed, but probably you are not fully awake yet. Open the window and take 5-10 deep breaths of fresh air. I also recommend some light physical exercises for at least 10-15 minutes to fully oxygenate your body and to get ready for the day.

 

9: Be proud of your achievement

Less than 1% of the population gets up at 5AM and typically it’s only the high achievers and the super successful people. So, take a minute, enjoy your achievement and be proud of yourself.

This may sound a bit childish, but it’s really important. Having this feeling of accomplishment will provide you with additional motivation and it will make getting up early easier for you the following days.

 

10: Make sure your nutrition is healthy and balanced

The quality of your nutrition has a huge influence on your energy level. The higher the quality of your nutrition, the more energy you will have and the less sleep you will need.

I recommend you buy a good book on healthy nutrition. Here are some basic tips to give you some ideas: Eat more fruits and vegetables (ideally organic), drink enough water. Avoid alcohol, fast food, junk food, too much coffee or black tea… Reduce your consumption of sugar, unsaturated fatty acids, meat… as much as possible

Trust me, it’s not as difficult as you may think and it gets easier every day

 

The Conclusion:

Once again, getting up early will probably be somewhat challenging at the beginning, but it gets easier every day. You just have to push through the first 7-10 days. This takes some discipline and will power, but it is well worth it.

Yes, you will be tired at the beginning, but after a week or so you will realize having more and more energy during the day and feeling less and less tired.

Our goal here is to be buzzing with energy throughout the entire day while sleeping less. There is no point in getting up at 5AM if afterwards you are tired for the rest of the day.

Some people recommend to make getting up early a slow and incremental process, where you get up 15 minutes earlier every 1-2 weeks.

When I decided to get up earlier, I immediately went from about 8AM to 6AM and about a year later I decided to give 5AM a try and it worked quite well for me.

But, you can experiment with both approaches.

 

Are you an early riser? What was the most difficult part for you in developing the habit of getting up early?

Do you know about any other great tips to make getting up early easier?

Robert Spadinger is the founder of EverythingIsWithin.com where he teaches people how to create a life that's filled with love, abundance, happiness and success. If you enjoyed this article, you will also love his book: "How to Create The Life of Your Dreams", which you can download for free from his website.

44 Comments

  1. Superhero Company

    July 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I totally agree with this article. Getting up early is the habit of successful people and great achievers. Even from last 5-6 days I started this habit to get up early in the morning at 5, I try to sleep at ax. 11 pm and this 6 hrs of sleep is enough. I have seen the difference, I feel more energetic and refreshed. While waking up, you’ll definitely feel a bit tired and will feel like going back to bed again, but you need to have a self control over this initially and should have a great reason to wake up early. My reason is to study for my law exams and to work out, earlier I was not able to take out time for this thing but now I am so happy to develop this habit and feel myself more balanced. One advice is to avoid going back to bed is that when u wake up at 5, go straight away breathe in and breathe out and then immediately drink 2-3 glasses of water, it will activate your body…will boost you and will help you in getting over with the early morning lazyness.

  2. Jason Cipparone

    May 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Great article. I started getting up at 5AM about 4 months ago and get about 5-6 hours of sleep. I go to the gym which sets my day, gets the blood flowing, and actually gives me much more energy than when I used to wake up at 8AM. An awesome quote the owner of the corporation I work for told me when I first began and live by it now is “If you do things in life that are easy, then life will be hard; but if you do the things in life that are hard, life will be easier Yes scientific studies say that you need 8 hours of sleep but that’s nonsense. Since walking up at 5AM I have never felt better, healthier and had more energy than I do today all day long. I have accomplished things that I never thought could be done. I went from the 22nd highest producing person out of over 300 individuals in my corporation to blowing by the top dog who was #1 for 7 straight years.

    Don’t COMPE, DOMINATE!!!! A great quote I heard was “Sleep is for those that are BROKE”. I don’t buy into scientific studies about needing 8 hours of sleep to use your brain to its fullest potential. That’s just an excuse. You can do 2 things in life: 1.) Make money or 2.) Make excuses. I choose #1 all day. Already in the short 4 months of getting up at 5AM I have reached higher highs, accomplished more goals that I have set for myself, and am on pace to bring home over 2 million dollars this year. Trust me on this if you just step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to get out of your your comfort zone Successful people do what unsuccessful people dont do. If being successful was easy then everyone would be successful. But, it’s not and when I have a 3 hour head start on the majority of the population I love it bc I accomplish more in those 3 hours than most do in a day. If your truly addicted to success then you will do everything in your power no matter what to become successfu and allow you the ability gl create financial freedom for yoursekd as well your cfriendsl. Our society just has so many individuals who are complacent and are happy living pay check to pay check. To me that’s CRAZY. If your the type of person that says money can’t buy happiness then that’s because you don’t have any. I get up everyday with the mindset as if this was the last day I had to live and give it everything you have. Or else you can play the “victim” role think the worlds against you do. I can’t wait to blow past 2 million dollars and pushing myself to make 10 million at the age of 28. I’m hungry and I stay hungry EVERYDAY bc once you become complacent there’s gonna be someone else that will jump u. Don’t ever give up on your passion because if its truly your passion then lets get you started

  3. indira

    April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Yes , Waking up early gives you lot of time to think and plan for the day. it allows you to enjoy each and every activity you do for the day. you will feel energized. You will find it easy to get up early if you hit the bed early. Try once and you will never get up late.

  4. Ann Holm

    April 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    There are many advantages to waking up early. At the same time, sleep researchers who examine the data including both sleep quantity and quality would absolutely disagree with the assertion that 6 hours is enough sleep for the vast majority of individuals. Sleep performs vital functions including consolidation of new learning and memory, among other essential brain functions. It’s very important to know what the prevailing studies are showing before giving motivational advice around something as important as sleep.

  5. thenookster

    April 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

    What a lie, most Western people don’t sleep the recommended 8 hours a night as it is. We’re all exhausted. If you want to get up early, you’ve got to get to bed early.

  6. Rauf Saeed

    April 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    motivational inspiring and exellant article

  7. Frank Fimbo

    March 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    it might be applicable but needs time to think of it

  8. Pweeny

    February 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting. I have for many years woken up about 4.55 am. which is way before my alarm is set for. he disillusion comes when I tell you I am not, never have been, a high achiever in any way shape or form!! But I do get things done – specially my daily exercises and reading!

  9. Shunmuga

    February 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

    well said chetan

  10. Amanda R. C.

    January 30, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I have always had difficulties with early mornings, and you have listed some great points that I am going to consider and put into practice. Peace.
    Amanda

  11. Mr.SetOnSuccess

    January 30, 2014 at 12:31 am

    #1 , #3, #9 are the best. When I wake up early it gives me time to get out ahead of my day. I normally challenge myself to get up early and get a good workout in. It helps me to keep my mind fresh for the day. It wasn’t just something easy to start doing right off the bat though. I had to wake up a few minutes earlier than normal and i gradually started getting up earlier and earlier. It’s pretty rewarding to have a workout done and get some reading in before 8am.

  12. nnadi thomas

    January 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Waking up early is good,but in some society it doesn’t work out that way. To me,being successful is not the hour u spent sleeping,but the little hour you’re awake giving out positive production. NNADI THOMAS. PORTHARCOURT, Nigeria

  13. Wayne

    January 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Read this article and started right away…energetic and motivated with 2 awesome workouts.

  14. joel mielle

    December 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    the body needs 7 to 8 hours sleep to repair itself and function correctly. cheating on sleep even if feeling energised has repurcussions that will present themselves as you get older. Not medically advised for long term. Health comes before business.

  15. Kemmie

    December 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This all sounds strange to me! In Lagos, Nigeria where I an from, waking up at 4/5am IS the norm, even for children as young as 2! Everyone here is out of their house by 5am and in bed by 9pm at the latest. And not everyone is successful!

    • chetan

      December 19, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Dear Kemmie

      Having knowledge of car driving isn’t enough, If you haven’t drive the car, &
      If you have knowledge & you are driving the car, then it’s not enough to do the race.
      For that you have to learn, practice.
      same way
      Rising early only isn’t the formula for success , if u dint have a plan & goal.. But , yeah. rising early is the first step .

  16. James Hussher

    December 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. Sleep when you’re dead. I love getting up early, I am hours ahead of everyone else by 8 a.m. when they begin their day.

  17. Saurabh

    December 5, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I want to sleep for 10 hours,that’s y I want to become an entrpeneur,my job force me to wake up at %5 AM from last 1 year,and I hate waking up early,Sleeping and dreaming is what I love to do,and after earning so much money I can sleep well :)

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