In March I shared my intention to create a better morning routine. On Saturday I woke up at 6am without an alarm.
Now before you think that I’ve perfectly transitioned from staying up too late to rising early, I have no problem saying that’s not true. However, the change I’ve experienced is rather remarkable.
My first step was use the Sleep Cycle app to get up within a time window synced with my natural rhythms. However, I found myself being anxious about moving too much and even getting up to use the restroom. (Side note: I did feel more rested on days when the app told me I slept well.)
Next I set my alarm (with a very pleasant ring tone) to go off at 6:15 every single morning. I gave myself permission to turn it off – and I did on many mornings. But over time, I didn’t want to turn it off as much. I was actually awake and ready to get up more often than I was groggy.
One weekend night we stayed up late watching a movie so I turned off the alarm – and then forgot to turn it back on. Much to my own surprise, I kept waking up around 6:15 every morning! I’ve even added little habits, like better skincare, to my routine as well.
Then I astounded myself and my husband by waking up at 6:15 on a Saturday morning – and it felt really good. I was able to get a head start on the day so that we could have more time to enjoy it as a family.
It was then that I realized one simple reason why I’ve been able to start waking up earlier.
Between December 21 and June 21 of each year, the days get longer. Each morning, the light coming in the window at 6:15 gets brighter and brighter. When I wrote my first post sunrise was at 6:48 am. Now it’s 5:23.
This means it’s even easier to change your wake-up time in the spring and early summer, when the sunshine can naturally assist the process!
My journey is still at the beginning, but I feel good that I’ve shown how possible it is to take one step at a time towards a morning routine. I feel good that I’m enjoying more of the sunshine and am more ready for all the adventures to come.
Have you ever changed your sleep cycle? What helped make it easier for you to get up earlier?