do my best work in the morning. In addition, starting the day off with a healthy and productive morning carries over into the rest of my day — increasing my energy and focus throughout. That’s why I’ve worked for over three years to find a morning routine that works for me and make it a habit.
However, on the nights that I do not get a sufficient duration, or quality, of sleep, my morning routine is basically useless.
I’ve had almost every sleep problem you can image.
- Not being able to fall asleep
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Not being able to get out of bed in the morning
And I’ve tried almost everything to solve it.
- Eating before bed
- Not eating before bed
- Maintaining a consistent schedule
- Setting my alarm clock to play funky jams
- Journaling before bed
- Over the counter medications
- …many more!
Most solutions were almost completely useless. Some actually hurt my sleep or had negative side effects.
However I did find four strategies that have become staples of my night. With the four hacks I share below, I’ve increased the quantity and quality of my sleep. Each morning I’ve maintained a routine that’s helped me write 2–3 blog posts per week, maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and stay focused and energized throughout the day.
Here are four ways to ensure you wake up early feeling motivated every morning (no doctor visits, prescription drugs, or expensive equipment required!):