I am good at waking up early.
I am one of those obnoxious people who is always in the office earlier than you. One of those type A-personalities who yells an emphasised “GOOD MORNING!” at a higher frequency sound than what should be allowed before 8AM. If you love to hate these kind of people, but secretly wanna be like them – this blog post is for you.
The No-Snooze-Rules For the past 10 years, I remember hitting the snooze button twice; once when I was getting up at 04.15 AM for a flight from Bangkok back to Europe symbolising the end of my 2-week holiday. The second one was getting up at 06.00 AM to prepare for a mandatory product pitch entailing product features that I did not believe would benefit the client. Both of these examples include unwillingness and lack of motivation; two major barriers that need to be broken down before going snooze–free. I have split my “no-snooze-rules” into two sections – the short term list and the long-term list. You can easily implement the “short-term” rules for some fast results, but the most remarkable changes will happen when you focus on the “long-term” rules as complementary guidelines.
My 5 “no-snooze-rules”:
- I sleep with ear-plugs designed for construction work (my favourites are “3M”). No birds, screaming babies or traffic wake me up and disturb my sleep. This makes me incredibly well-rested and ready to jump out of bed in the morning.
- I plan what I am having for breakfast before I go to bed so I have a delicious meal to wake up to. This one really works – think overnight oats, blueberry-coconut porridge or homemade bread with peanut butter.
- Before I fall asleep I think through the upcoming day and highlight 3 things that I am excited about. Be very concrete about the activities! Usually, I end up with something like: “1. I am going to do salsa in Kreuzberg with Nico (my boyfriend), 2. I am going for a walk by myself around Mauerpark while I can listen to the newest podcast from Marie Forleo, 3. I am recording the next video for our plant-based YouTube channel about “how to save money on a vegan diet“
- IKIGAI – the Japanese word for “purpose”. Here, you have to ask yourself if there are things (besides from exercise, food, your pay-check) that make you wanna wake up in the morning. Are you doing meaningful things with your life? Are you doing something good for other people? Are the people closest to you people that you look up to? And are you building something with your life that you are proud of? If you answered no to 2+ of these questions, you need to revisit your priorities and change the way you spend your time and who you spend it with. Do not start a list of excuses. Do not waste your life in front of the TV or feeling paralysed. Instead, start doing – it will bring you so much joy. You are the only one responsible for your own happiness, and NO ONE else can create that life for you. If you do not know where to start, the “Bluezones” books were an amazing kick of inspiration for me.
- Clean up your diet and drinking habits. Studies show that a whole foods plant-based diet will help a more seamless and more qualitative sleep (Nutritionfacts.org). Essentially, eating a diet of less processed and less animal based foods will help you reach a healthy weight and assist your bodily functions to perform their best (and sleep well). If you are not sure about where to start, you can check out this amazing blog post from Forks over knives. I would also encourage you to watch the documentaries “Forks over Knives”: 2011 (can be found on Netflix) and “H.O.P.E. what you eat matters”: 2018 (can be found online for free.
If you are trying out the no-snooze-rules, please leave a comment below. I am wishing you joyful and qualitative sleep!