I really hate getting up early.
I do it, I teach at 7 am three days a week and then start work early the other two days. Even on a Saturday I have a class at 9 am so don’t get a massive lie in. But I hate it. Sunday is the only day I can get up when I want and on that day I tend to lie in until around 9, 10 even 11am.
This really isn’t what sleep people advise as a good sleep habit.
Sleeping in longer on Sunday as a way of ‘catching up’ on sleep means that I find it harder to switch off at a decent time on Sunday night which then makes me groggy on Monday morning. Getting up at the time needed for my day’s diary rather than at a set time each day means I don’t find getting up a habit and it pains me (it really does).
I actually know that I’d be better off getting up at 5 am even on days I don’t need to and letting my body clock settle at this, I could after all always nap at some point in the day if needed (at the weekend at least!) and I would probably find going to sleep at the same time each night easier if I did this too.
This is one of the things I’m working on – having a set morning and evening routine. It’s tough when you work long hours as you need to find things in of an evening and the urge to snooze the alarm is strong of a morning! I’ve got a list of strategies to help me get into the habit and am getting it right more often than I used to, albeit with a lot of slip ups. That’s to be expected though – I know changing and creating habits doesn’t happen overnight. I know that as you create habits progress isn’t often linear and you often have set backs along the way.
First, try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. This will help the quality of your sleep long term and make getting up and getting to sleep easier.
Second, knowing what you need to do doesn’t make it easy. Knowledge is all well and good but it is the application of that knowledge that makes the difference. If you know what you need to do but are still struggling find someone to help you apply that knowledge- coaching and support doesn’t have to only be for those who aren’t sure where to start.
Three, don’t be put off if you don’t manage to hit your new goals straight away. It might take several attempts to get something right or you may make progress and then hit a road block and need to get moving again. That’s a normal part of change and not letting that make you feel like you’ve failed is the key to getting past it and creating that change.