It is easy to set the alarm for the morning with the best of intentions. You have big plans, and an early wake-up call will help to get things moving.

Then the alarm clock sounds in the morning. You don’t want to get out of bet at all. Maybe you decide to hit the snooze button a few times.

It doesn’t take long for good intentions to turn into “I’m almost late for work.”

If you struggle to wake up in the morning, or if you want to start your day earlier than you are right now, then here are some ways to help you rise when the alarm sounds.

#1. Streamline Your Routine

It is helpful to trim down your morning routine if you’re trying to wake up earlier. People stay in bed because they don’t want to confront the tasks that are waiting for them if they throw back the covers. Try getting the coffeemaker ready before you go to bed the night before. Set out your clothes for the next day. Stop waiting in line to get some breakfast.

Look for ways to save some time, and you might discover that you don’t need to get up earlier than you are.

#2. Take Melatonin

A melatonin supplement can help to stimulate sleep. It will also start the process of re-orientating your circadian rhythm. Take the lowest possible dose at first, which is usually about 1mg, about 2-3 hours before bedtime. An earlier sleep onset may develop, making it easier to wake up in the morning.

Melatonin does make some people feel sleepy throughout the next morning. A small percentage of individuals also experience dream pattern changes with this supplement.

#3. Find Gratefulness

Today’s society conditions us to believe that gratefulness occurs only when we do more, work faster, or improve our efficiencies in some way. If you don’t feel like being productive, then getting up in the morning can be a challenge. Schedule something in the early morning that gives you joy. Go for a walk in the park, grab some coffee, or spend some extra quality time with your family.

#4. Plan Your Weekend

One way to combat high levels of stress is to plan a vacation. Even though the time might be several months away, the act of planning can relieve your tension. The same process occurs if you expect a fun weekend at the start of a hectic week. Think about something you could do with your leisure time for your next day off, and you will find that it is easier to get up in the morning.

#5. Stop the Electronics Habit

If you struggle to wake up in the morning, then it could be your mobile device, television, or computer that is causing the issue. Turning them off at night is a good first step, but it might not be enough to establish the routine you require. Consider getting rid of everything for a while to reset your internal clock. Tackle an outdoor activity. Do something extraordinary.

Getting up earlier is never easy, but it is possible when you have suggestions like these helping to ease the transition. 

What steps do you follow to get up early every day?