How To Wake Up Early: Why Fitness And Food Are You’re Secret Weapons
It would be really nice to wake up early and have the energy to get right into action. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t get out of bed excited, bounding into the kitchen to cook a healthy breakfast.
You want to be there, but your body just won’t let you.
But the thing is, you can be there. And it can be a natural side affect of a few things. One affects the other which has a chain reaction so you wake up feeling great.
Here is the chain reaction in big terms which you can start to implement today.
Stage 1 – Begin to Workout Consistently
Exercise helps you sleep in many ways. It will help you fall asleep faster and it will help you sleep deeper as well. This happens because exercise puts your body in the state of repair and sleep is when your body is more efficient at it. So your brain will put your body to bed to repair things.
Obviously, you have to do this consistently to really see the affects. It’s not as tough to make fitness a part of your life. I have a whole course on this in Fit Women’s Weekly.
A couple things to think about though. Don’t workout too close to bed. Fitness boosts your energy levels and if you workout too close to bed, then you’ll probably have a hard time falling asleep. It’s a balance game, but the benefits of doing it are huge.
Stage 2 – Working Out Leads To Better Food
For most women, exercising consistently will typically lead to wanting to eat healthier. This is great because if you slowly work on the food and drinks that you put in your body, you’ll sleep better and you’ll wake up much better as well.
A great example of this is our cultures obsession with caffeine and sugar. Caffeine is not bad but you do have to use it properly. The main issue is most people drink it too close to bed and that will ruin sleep.
Sugar is the same and this can be sugar in food, wine, or sodas. Sugar produces jolts of energy followed by hard crashes and that is a result of inconsistent blood sugar levels and the metabolization of pure sugar. So if you consume sugary foods before bed like most people do then you’ll have a hard time sleeping. If you consume sugary foods for breakfast then you’ll get that spike of energy but you’ll crash harder than ever.
You need to eat nutrient dense foods that are as natural as possible. This will allow for sustained energy release and a more consistent blood sugar level.
One more thing, alcohol. Lots of people drink a glass of wine too close to bed. Alcohol really messes with your sleep. Try not to drink it during the week at least, when you need to be on the top of your game.
Stage 3 – Better Sleep Environments
Now that you’re exercising which is helping more than ever, you are also eating better. It’s pretty incredible the results so far and all of this has lead to some other habits as long as you don’t fight them.
First, you are going to bed earlier. This is a huge key in how to wake up early and fully of energy. If you go to bed really late, there is not a prayer that you’ll actually wake up early and if you do you’ll feel terrible. Setting a bed time and keeping it will change your life.
Second, you probably have thought about your sleep environment. Are you using the right pillow and pillowcase or bed sheets. Luxury bedding from the specialty stores can really help you sleep better. The better you sleep, the better you’ll wake up. These bed sheets, pillows, and comforters will help you regulate temperature and more.
There are other things you can do that will help you sleep, but that will have to be the topic for another article.
All Of This Comes Down To Starting The Right Habits
When you create the right habits in your life, it will impact the next thing in line.
The ability to wake up early is not really something you can independently do. You have to make sure you have the right habits in place that make waking up early nearly automatic.
If you try to force it to happen, your body, mind, and life will begin to fall apart.
Remember it’s about balance.