How to Wake Up On Time Without Feeling Groggy

As you know, I’ve been on the quest to get more done each day. This means waking up earlier, which consequently means going to sleep earlier if I truly want to be productive. But what time is the best time to go to sleep? Today I share a new resource with you. Join me in finding my best sleep-wake schedule for my most productive and healthy self.

Eight hours seems to be the standard amount of sleep that most people think they should be getting each night.

Turns out, adults do well with 7-9 hours of sleep, but waking up at the wrong time in your sleep cycle can still cause you to feel groggy, even if you got enough sleep.

So how can a person get the right amount of sleep and wake up during the correct time in their sleep cycle?


I’m still experimenting with this myself, but here are two methods to help you get the correct amount of sleep so that you will wake up ready to take on the day:

  1. SleepCycle Alarm Clock– This app claims to analyze your sleep and wake you up during your lightest sleep cycle (within a set time frame) so you can wake up feeling rested. I tried this for some time, and found it helpful. For me though, setting my alarm in another room and having to physically get up is one of the few ways to get me out of bed consistently. This app is definitely worth a try, though, because it has worked wonderfully for many people.
  2. Bedtime Calculator– This is a nifty website that simply calculates the best time to fall asleep in order to be in the lightest sleep cycle upon your desired wakeup time. It’s simple enough. I plugged in my wakeup time and I’m excited to see if intentionally going to sleep at this recommended time will actually make a difference. I’ll keep you posted. (Note: I heard about this site through this YouTube video about getting to bed on time, which I recommend for some additional tips)


Finding my sleep-wake groove has been a theme for me lately. I know that I’m productive in the morning, so finding a healthy way to wake up early and get stuff done before work is extremely enticing. I hope these resources will be helpful for you, too.

Now I’d love to hear from you: What works best for you to wake up on time and feel rested? Share in the comments below!


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  1. It took me over a month to get myself in a routine of getting up at 5:30 am. This gives me plenty of time to get all my chores done before work at 9:00 am. My evenings are also rountine, so I can be in bed by 10:00 PM. I found that if I don’t stick with my routines, then my day is all off track. My sleep schedule was adapted to the time I needed to get things accomplished. The motivation to get out of bed is being able to come home to a fairly relaxing evening because the daily chores are done. There are many days that I want to sleep in because I have a hard time sleeping through the night. I wake many times throughout the night. I know if I sleep in though, the whole day will be a struggle.


    1. You are a getting-things-done-in-the-morning superstar! My biggest struggle at this point is getting to bed early enough to wake up early. When I do it, though, I feel great! After reading your method, I’m even more motivated to get into those routines!


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