The Case for Waking Up an Hour Earlier

Not Getting Enough Beauty Sleep?

Women LOVE our beauty sleep and I am the queen of snooze. That being said, I don’t feel any more rested and I definitely don’t look it either. I feel frazzled and anxious, and I get all over-heated as I try on the third top of the morning in a full blown wardrobe crisis (and trust me, you don’t want to see me hot, it’s like the She-Hulk is unleashed). I HATE mornings. Not only do I not feel rested, I don’t eat breakfast or have coffee until I’m on my way to work or at work which also adds more pain to my wallet.

My best friend, living in Hawaii, who has been seriously sipping that island Koo-laid, kept urging me to wake up an hour earlier. Her routine? If she had work at 8am, she’d wake up at 5am, give herself some time to make some coffee then lounge around in bed watching her favorite show on Netflix. I kept telling her that sounds great, but I just can’t do it. I NEEDED that extra 45 minutes of sleep that I’d interrupt every 9 minutes with my alarm, I was convinced it was helping.

What’s the definition of insanity?

Oh yeah… doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

I’m really good at insanity (just look at my laundry list of ex-boyfriends).

I finally decided to drink the 5am Koo-laid, but not by choice. My boyfriend had just gotten a new job which required him to wake up at 5:15. Here, I thought, is my chance.

So, here’s what happened…

I started waking up at 5:15. I’d start out choosing a relaxed song for my phone’s alarm. I wouldn’t blast on lights, I’d turn on my salt lamp (if you don’t have one of those, you’re seriously missing out). My peachy lit room and warm bed was a perfect beginning. I’d slowly slink out of bed and into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee or tea. Sorry Starbucks, but this girl no longer needs your $10 Venti Diabetes in a cup (my stomach and my wallet thank me). I’d slink back into bed, put on a 30 minute to an hour show and relax. It was AWESOME.

I am no longer stressed during the day and cramped for time in the mornings. My wardrobe crises have become few and far between and I feel more refreshed for the workday.

But seriously, don’t just take mine or my hippie best friend’s word for it. A Harvard biologist even did a study into this and found people to be more proactive in the workday! Experts are also saying if you wake up earlier, you actually get better sleep because you’re going to bed earlier (and I can attest to this). Sure, waking up early or trying to create a habit is hard work, but try it for a week, see what happens.

You can thank me later.

Julia Blake, a Los Angeles Native replanted in Lexington, KY. Follow her on Instagram @theredheadedgypsy.

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