If you're not what they call a "morning person", you may feel like you'll just never be able to wake up early. The fact is, practically anyone can train themselves to become an early bird, you just have to force the habit until it becomes routine. If you're finally ready to do what it takes to start waking up early regularly, follow these tips and they may help you get there faster!

1. Go To Sleep Earlier

We figured we would start you off with one of our more obvious tips. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep, but some people need more and some people less. Once you discover how many hours you need to feel rejuvenated and fresh in the morning, make sure you start going to sleep at least that many hours prior to when you want to wake up. It seems simple, but it's very important.

2. Gradually Wake Up Earlier Each Day

Making big adjustments to your sleeping schedule makes it hard for your body to adapt. If you normally wake up at noon everyday, waking up at 6:00 in the morning literally won't happen overnight. Instead, gradually try and wake up a few minutes earlier each day. You can  start by setting your alarm clock for one minute earlier each day, or you can try larger intervals such as fifteen minutes. The gradual nature of your changes should allow your body to adapt permanently and not reject the change. 

3. Reward Yourself In the Morning With Something to Get You Out of Bed Routinely

Find something that you can reward yourself every morning that makes you want to get out of bed. Whether it's your favorite breakfast or a daily Starbucks run, incentivizing your mornings is a great way to help convince your sleepy self that its worth getting out of bed.

4. Drink Water Before Bed

Some people purposefully drink a glass of water or two before bed so that they will be forced to wake up early to go to the bathroom in the morning. This is the kind of tip that you would want to check with your doctor before trying, especially if you are known to have any bladder or other urinary related health issues. We personally think there are much better ways to wake up than sprinting to the bathroom!

5. Adjust to Daylight Savings Time Gradually

Just because all of a sudden the clocks change by an hour doesn't mean you have to adjust your sleep schedule so dramatically. When it's time to change the clocks, start trying to gradually adjust your body so that when the full hour change comes your body is already in the process of updating to the new time.

6. Try A Sleep Related Smartphone App

There are some cool apps on the market that monitor your movements while you sleep and attempt to analyze your REM cycles. The point of the app is to learn your sleeping habits and wake you up in between REM cycles so that you have a better chance of feeling awake when the alarm sounds. A quick Google search for sleeping cycle apps supplies plenty of hits. Read online app reviews to find the perfect one for you.

7. Manipulate Your Surroundings to Cater to Quality Sleep

You'll never learn to wake up early in the morning if you haven't had a good night's sleep. There are a number of things you can do to make your sleeping environment more comfortable, from adding pillows to light-blocking curtains. You can even buy automatic curtain openers that you can program to open at a specific time, allowing sunlight into your bedroom on your schedule.

8. Time For a New Mattress?

Like we mentioned in #7, if you haven't had a good night's sleep it's going to be hard to wake up no matter what time it is. If it's been a while since you replaced your mattress, it may be time to try the Aviya Mattress. Our mattress boasts an industry leading warranty, protecting you from the dreaded mattress sag that makes mattresses uncomfortable and tough on your back and neck. 

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