I am no good at waking up. In fact, I am awful at it. I have great intentions and each day I set my cell phone alarm early (say 5:30 or 6:00)...then dutifully hit the snooze button for an hour. Bill hates this habit and cannot for the life of him understand why I don't just set my alarm for 6:45 or 7:00am. But here is the thing, I really want to get up early - I just cannot get my mind and body to cooperate.
A while back - for a few weeks - I was getting up each morning to fit in a 20 minute yoga practice. And I loved it. I loved how it felt to be up early and moving. Once I started attending Revelation regularly, I stopped the getting up. And I miss it...but I am just so tired in the morning. I usually get around 7 hours of sleep which I think is pretty good. I get to bed between 10:00 and 11:00pm which may seem late but given that I get home around 8:00pm most nights, I think it is reasonable.
Now, it is not that I never get up early - I would say once every two weeks or so something will go haywire at work and I will have to be at the office at the crack of dawn. I hate those days and they exhaust me. Part of me thinks that if I were getting up early everyday, these early work mornings would not be so painful, which is another really good incentive to start dragging my butt out of bed regularly.
So I need a plan - I really like having a plan. I recently read this article in Yoga Journal online about how to wake up earlier and I plan to try and follow it...loosely. Here is the plan:
1) I should be waking up at 5:30 and not 6:30. The article suggest waking up 20 minutes before the sun...I'm not sure that that is reasonable given my schedule but I do know that my body actually responds better to waking up at 5:30 than at 6:30am, for whatever reason.
2) Splash cool water on my face first thing. I actually did this when I was doing morning yoga and it really helps.
3) Drink warm water with lemon or lime. Now, I am a coffee drinker. A serious coffee drinker. But if I want to practice yoga in the mornings, coffee will be way too harsh on my stomach. This water and citrus option seems doable.
4) Scrape my tongue. I already scrape my tongue. I'm not sure how this relates to waking up early, but I already do it and its in the article, so yay me.
And thats kind of where I stop. I do not see myself rubbing sesame oil on my ears or giving myself a massage, per the article. If I did all these things I would never make it to work on time!
Does anyone have any early morning tips?
** Please note, I set my alarm this morning for 5:30am...hit the Snooze button till 6:00am...moved to the couch till 6:45am and then finally got up. So day 1 of this plan was a big FAIL ***