Mine is a different, Embarrassingly different, way! But it works.
Its a “natural alarm”!
I drink about 800 to 1200 ml of water before I go to bed. The normal capacity of the bladder is 400 to 600 ml. So I drink twice as much as I can hold.
It typically takes 8-10 hours before you ‘have to’ pee. I drink more water than my bladder’s capacity. I ‘have to’ pee in about 5-6 hours (once my bladder is full).
It takes about 1/2 an hour to an hour for you to ‘digest’ water.
I am lazy. I hold it in for an easy hour, just so that I sleep more!
Collectively, I can’t hold it anymore in 6 to 8 hours. I have to get up.
Coincidentally, this time is exactly equal to the hours of sleep an adult needs!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I have been doing this since I was in 10th grade. It works. But – if you end up in an ‘accident’, I am not responsible :D
Step 1: Set several alarms for earlier than you intend to wake up (i.e. if you need to be up by 7 AM, set an alarm for 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7).
Step 2: Let alarms go off and hit snooze as they go off progressively.
Step 3: By the third or fourth alarm, you should be sufficiently annoyed to get up.
Alright, due to many questions about my routine and in order to help people I decided to edit my answer to be more clear.
I wake up at 5am every morning, consistently, for 6 months now and I’m so used to it that I’m able to get out of bed even before the alarm starts ringing. Here’s my 2 simple steps on how I managed to do it:
1. I decided I would be a morning person: You may want to be, but you have to decide to be a morning person. And for that, you must plan how to do it. By “decide” I mean having the desire to become a morning person.
Stop dreaming about it, start taking action.
2. I have a well planned routine (that works fine for me): Again, that’s a routine I designed that works really fine for me. You’re free to try it yourself and I hope you can find new ways to improve it and reach your goal. However, my routine is like this:
• 5am the alarm rings (it’s out of my reach): before I turn it off, I turn on the lights so I’m not inclined to snooze it (which I never do).
• I get a 1-3 minute cold shower: the cold shower helps me to wake up and put dizziness and sleepiness away.
• I get dressed for workout.
• I make a nice breakfast for me and for my family.
• I meditate for 10 to 15 minutes using Calm app.
• I pack everything I need for my day (clothes, food, etc.).
• I choose 3 things each day to be thankful for.
• I go to the gym and start working out at 6:30am until 7:30am.
• I get a another 1-3 minute cold shower after working out: yes, again. You have to be clean to work, and cold shower increases testosterone, helps muscle recovery and to strengthen resilience.
• I get to work at 8am.
I understand that we’re in different places/countries/cities. But I live near the gym where I work out and the gym is ~ 15 minutes from work. Because I spend so little time commuting, I have more time to accomplish other tasks.
To become a morning person, you have to have things to do. Otherwise it won’t work.
Don’t start your day without a plan, without a challenge. It’s boring and won’t push you over your limits.