Consider this; you have been searching for a job for several months, you got used to staying up too late hours at night and wake up late in the morning. Despite the fact that some of us are night owls while others are an early riser, some jobs require you to get up early, so live with it. Humans differ in sleep patterns, between needing to get full 8 hours of sleep to sleeping just a few hours a day, yet feeling energized. You are the only person who can assess your need to sleep.
In JobsInGTA, we have noticed that many job seekers and candidates find it difficult to learn to wake up early for morning jobs or morning shifts. In this article, we have summarized few tips to help you become a morning star and wake up early feeling energetic and ready to conquer the day.
1) Have A Compelling WHY
Is your job important to you? Can you afford to lose your job? Can you live without earning what you earn? Ask yourself these questions to make a point to yourself how important your job is to you. No matter how much you love or hate your job, many reasons make your job essential and deserve adjusting your sleep pattern for. Once you have it in your subconscious that it is imperative to learn how to wake up early, your body, brain and vital organs will support you in your mission.
2) Understand Your Sleep Cycle
Scientists found that we sleep in repeated 90-minutes cycles throughout the night. According to Psychology Today[i], we go through a cycle of five stages of sleep that take 90 minutes. So, when you go to bed and find it difficult to fall asleep so quickly, do not get up. Just give your brain some time to adjust to the new sleep pattern that you want to enforce upon it. In case you walk up at night, try to go back to sleep as soon as possible. By the time, your body will adjust to the new pattern.
3) Skip The Heavy And Black-Out Curtains
Sunlight plays a vital role in our lives, and believe it or not; we have an internal biological clock that responds to the sunlight. To allow your body to retain its sensitivity to sunlight, avoid the heavy curtains and blackout shatters that prevent the light from entering your room. The same goes for any sleep masks that you may use.
4) Say No To Stimulants
Our brains respond to many stimulants from our external environment. Mainly two types of stimulants you need to avid to train your brain to relax and get ready to sleep: blue light and caffeine. The blue light of your smartphone or your laptop screen stimulate your brain and make it active. It is recommended to stop using your smartphone or laptop one to two hours before your sleeping time. Switch to old-school rituals such as reading a book. Also, caffeine may stimulate your brain and sugar as well. So, avoid black tea and coffee and sugary foods and drinks three to four hours before going to bed.
5) Put Your Alarm Away Of Your Reach
Do you hit the snooze button over and over? We all do. Put your alarm away from your reach. This way, you will force yourself to get up and move to get your alarm or smartphone. By leaving the warmth of your bed and walking, you will put your brain and body in the awake mode.
6) Prepare The Night Before
Your morning starts the night before. Create a night routine with simple tasks to prepare your brain to get into the sleeping mode. Your night routine might include: set your outfit aside; drink some relaxing herbal tea like chamomile; switch off all lights, your laptop and put your smartphone on aeroplane mode; or listen to sleep music or white noise.
7) Have a morning routine
As silly as it may sound, our brains like routines and hate sudden changes. When your subconscious know what is expected, it will put you on an autopilot mode. Right down a simple morning routine and stick it in the same order every day.
8) Eat Right
Avoid heavy foods at night as it requires your body to redirect all the blood to your stomach to finish the digestion process. In the morning, power up with a healthy nutritional breakfast.