Cited in Rewire Me – How To Wake Up Early

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.47.30 PMBack to school can mean waking up earlier, and with it the familiar fatigue of struggling to get it right. Who doesn’t want to wake up a bit earlier  to get a jump on those things that often elude us during the day – or simply because we now have to? For RewireMe, I was asked how to go about waking up earlier, understanding that sometimes the alarm rings and we are simply just too tired. How to manage sleep is hugely important, and there are many strategies that can help. I was pleased to weigh in how to make waking up feel more like a reward than a punishment.

  1. Reward yourself: Try some positive feedback tricks. Washington, D.C.-based licensed psychologist Alicia Clark suggests giving yourself a reward when you do get up early. “Have your coffee pot ready to go, or mentally envision that great feeling of meeting your goal for waking up early – getting to the office before anyone else, getting your workout finished in enough time, or simply watching the sunrise,” she says.
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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD