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Playful people always seem so full of life and energy. Have you ever wondered how they do it? Getting up early has been really helpful for giving me that extra energy boost. In this post I share my top tips for getting out of bed.

At the moment my alarm goes off at 6am. I usually manage to be out of bed by 7.15am. This is much better than I used to be. My alarm used to go off at 8am, and I’d struggle to get up before 9.

However, I want to get even better at waking up. This week, my Kaizen Challenge is to get up every morning when my alarm goes off at 6am.

I will use fifteen minutes of my extra time gained to engage in a spiritual practice. At the moment I am reading through a book called The Sacred Art of Listening by Kay Lindahl, and I would like to take the time to meditate slowly on one of the short chapters every day.

Top Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Here are some tips I have found for getting up early – they have all helped me to get up way earlier than I used to.

1. Know how much sleep you need, and have a set bed time. At the moment I start struggling after a few days if I’m not getting 8 hours every night, so 10pm is the time that I need to be in bed. Remember that everyone is different!

2. Have a bed time ritual. This gets you in the right frame of body and mind to sleep. I often find it difficult to sleep if I go to bed straight after watching television. My one indulgence this week will be waching the Apprentice – it is unmissable!

3. Don’t use your bed as a reading chair. Reading in bed means your brain starts associating mental activity with your bed. This doesn’t bode well when you’re trying to sleep. I have a comfy chair, and a bean bag, so I’m going to start using these instead of my bed.

4. No caffeine or sugar after 5pm. Because I don’t have a regular caffeine intake, I often struggle to sleep at night if I’ve had a coffee or a cola any time after 12pm. I got the sugar tip from Peter at TheChangeBlog , and having started watching the patterns of my body, I wake up far more refreshed if I’ve not had sugar in the evenings.

5. Have something to wake up for. This can be a spiritual practice, morning exercises, time with your children or a slow, relaxing breakfast. I began getting up early because I wanted the extra time to kick-start my writing.

6. My extra special secret is a sunrise alarm clock. I have a Lumie clock – it was very expensive, but it is brilliant for a slow, relaxing wake up call. Noisy alarms would wake me up with a jump, and put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

Happy sleeping!

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