The 3 Key Ingredients to Wake Up Early (Without Feeling Tired)

Waking up early is good for your health, but you need to make sure you don’t feel too tired to make your first train or bus or bus, or taxi. If you wake up early and feel tired, you probably won’t get out of bed. So, how do you wake up without feeling tired?

At what time do you wake up each day? It’s likely that you tend to wake up after a long stretch of sleep during the early morning hours, but waking up early also leads to problems. Many people like to wake up early to go to the gym or start their day, but others find this can make them feel tired after they wake up.

This is a problem that has plagued many people. Many have tried to wake up early at some point in life, but have failed to do so. They have tried to wake up early, but have continued to be tired during the day. This is a problem that has plagued many people. Many have tried to wake up early at some point in life, but have failed to do so. They have tried to wake up early, but have continued to be tired during the day.

Get up early. It seems to be the Holy Grail of productivity consulting. Just get up at 5am, do your morning ritual, and success is guaranteed.

Reality, of course, is a little more complicated. Besides the fact that getting up early is no guarantee of success (see next point), it can also be extremely difficult.

You know you wish you’d woken up earlier. But when the alarm goes off, you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck. Determined to get rid of this feeling, you hit the snooze button and roll over onto your back.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get up early and start the day full of energy. Below we look at three methods of getting rid of morning sleepiness, as well as an underrated (but effective) trick for waking up motivated.

But first, some thoughts on the link between getting up early and productivity.

You don’t have to get up early to be productive

Before we go into detail about getting up early, let’s get one thing straight: Getting up early doesn’t automatically mean you’re productive.

Some people even find that they are more productive when they get up early. If that describes you, great! This article will help you to wake up at the desired time.

But if you want to get up early because you should, or because you saw a YouTube video telling you that’s the only way to be productive, think again.

Every person naturally has different times when they feel most awake and productive. For some people, this time is the beginning of the morning. But with others, it can happen later in the day or even late in the evening.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. Aside from certain work and family obligations, there is no one best time to get up. The great creative minds of history have followed different timetables, and these timetables have little to do with their overall creative output.

Check out this infographic from Brain Pickings, which shows the wake-up times of famous writers throughout history. Some were awake before dawn. But many also woke up later in the morning, which didn’t dampen their creativity.

So don’t feel like you have to get up early to succeed. If you are more productive at night and can stick to that schedule, you should!

But if you find that you’re more productive in the morning and have trouble getting up early, read on for tips on how to make it easier.

Three ingredients to wake up early (without feeling tired)

So you want to get up early (whatever you mean by early). How do you do that?

First of all, we assume that you go to bed at a normal time and get enough sleep. If you can’t control these aspects of the equation, you’ll have a hard time getting up early no matter what you do in the morning.

But if your bedtimes and sleep patterns are reliable, but you still suffer from severe morning fatigue, here are three things that can help:

Through our personal experiences and research, we have concluded that these three ingredients are the key to overcoming the intense fatigue you may feel upon waking. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these helps you feel empowered.


If you stay in bed after the alarm goes off, you will almost certainly fall back asleep. Even the most stubborn among us find it hard to resist the warmth and comfort of a blanket.

Our first advice is to get up early: Get out of bed and move. Often getting out of bed and going to another room is enough to dispel the thought of going back to sleep. But if you want to go running or do more intense exercises, that’s your choice!

To be more effective, I recommend that the first thing you do is make the bed. That way you’ll be much less tempted to go back to sleep. It may sound crazy, but a made bed is a clear indication that it’s a good time to be awake.

But once you get moving, you’re not done yet. To really stay awake, you should also have an important drink (hint: it’s not coffee).


While we couldn’t find much scientific research on this, we learned firsthand that drinking a glass of water before bed helps us feel much more alert.

The fact that many of our team members live in Denver, where the dry climate and high altitude require more hydration than at sea level, is likely a factor. But even if you live at a lower altitude, I recommend adding a glass of water to your morning routine.

After all, spending time in the water is good for your health. And most of us don’t drink enough water anyway.

But water is important, but don’t forget the last (and probably most important) element to revitalizing mornings: Sunlight.


In a way, sunlight is the first alarm clock, a natural way for our bodies to know it’s time to wake up.

When sunlight hits the photoreceptors in your eyes, it sends a signal to your brain that says: Hey, it’s time to wake up! That’s why getting out in the sun in the morning is one of the best things you can do to feel refreshed and energized.

But it’s even better. Sunlight not only helps you feel more alert in the moment, it also regulates your body’s circadian rhythm. These natural sleep/wake cycles make you feel tired at night and awake in the morning. When your circadian rhythm is in order, you can fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Better together

Although I have covered them separately so far, you do not need to follow each of these steps separately. Ideally, you should find a way to combine exercise, water and sun in one activity.

My favorite thing to do is walk around the neighborhood with a bottle of water in my hand. Not only does it help me wake up, but it also gives me time to organize my thoughts before I start my work day.

The best alarm clock: Being excited

I mentioned in the introduction that most of us find it easy to get up early when we need to. I always got up at 6am to get to school on time, and I never had a problem getting up early to fly. If the consequences of rejection are severe enough, you can wake up at any time.

But what if your main reason for getting up early is to take the time to do your morning routine? In this case, there is no particular obligation to get up early. Adding such a commitment will reduce the effectiveness of your morning retreat.

To solve this problem, we like the advice of Tiago Forte:

You can’t compete with someone who’s having fun.

In other words: The best advice for getting up early is to be ready to get up. Do something every morning that excites you enough to get you out of bed (or at least resist the temptation to go back to sleep).

Most of us are not used to thinking about getting up early in this way. So it may take some thought and experimentation to find an activity that encourages you to get up.

Here are some fun things that have motivated me to get up early in the past:

And these are just some of the things that worry me. Do anything that encourages you to get up (within reason, of course).

Getting up early becomes easier with time

Getting up early is very difficult, especially if it is not your body’s natural inclination. But the tips in this article will make getting up early easier.

If you’re looking for more in-depth tips on how to make getting up early (or any other habit) easier, check out our course on the basics of habit formation.

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Photo credits: The AwakeningYou don’t have to be a morning person to get up early and have a productive day. In fact, there are people who wake up at the crack of dawn every day and are productive. But if you aren’t a morning person, you may have a hard time motivating yourself to get up in the morning. Here are the 3 ingredients to wake up early without feeling tired.. Read more about how to wake up early tomorrow and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I wake up early without getting tired?

You can wake up early without getting tired. There’s a lot of things you can do to make this possible, but this is something that is often forgotten. This is because the most important thing is simply to get used to waking up earlier. There are only a few things that will get you up and out of bed in the morning. A lack of sleep will.

Some days, you will just want to stay in bed and sleep through the morning. Others, you’ll want to get up early but you’ll be too tired to do so. You’ll need to figure out a way to keep the motivation to get up early.

How do I make myself wake up early?

When I was ten, my mom would wake me up at seven in the morning. I was used to that. As the years rolled by, however, I was starting to feel less prepared for school. I’d get fully dressed and brush my teeth before going to bed, so when I woke up at 7am, I’d be ready to go. This was fantastic while I was in high school. A few years after, I moved to a different state, and this routine was harder to maintain.

The worst part was, I’d wake up at 7am, and go to my computer to get ready for a busy day. I’d be so busy, I’d miss my chance to sit down and enjoy my cup of coffee. By the Do you ‘wake up early’? If you do, you know the rush that comes from waking up at the break of dawn and getting to work. In fact, many people refer to this feeling of waking up early as ‘the early bird gets the worm.’ But what if you don’t have this wake-up feeling? And what if you don’t feel like getting up early?

How can I wake up at 5am naturally?

Wake up early enough to get a good start on the day and get your work done or goals accomplished. There are exercise routines to wake up early, and there are ways to push yourself to stay up later. But, if you’re really eager to get an early start, the key is to get your sleep into a routine.

That means going to bed at the same time, every night. Now, when I was a kid, I used to wake up at 6am every morning. I did it, because I had a very narrow bed, and 5am was before the sun rose. Even after my legs were long enough to touch the floor, I was still able to sleep till 9am. I can’t do that anymore.


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