Some people are naturally morning people, while others prefer to sleep in or insist they just can’t get up early. We all know the early bird catches the worm, but many people struggle to get up and on their feet early in the day. It’s better for you to get up early, so give these 10 simple tips a try and become a morning person.
1. Get more sleep
Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is proven to help with cognition, so go to sleep early, and you’ll feel rested when the alarm goes off. Once you get the hang of it, you probably won’t need an alarm to wake you, as your body will know when it’s time to get out of bed.
2. Don’t use screens in your bedroom
Keep your TV, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets out of your bedroom. A dark room helps facilitate sleep, even if you are going to bed before it’s fully dark outside. You can find light-blocking blinds to help keep the light from intruding, giving yourself the best preparation for sleep.
Electronic screens also keep it light when it should be dark, and most often excite rather than calm us down because often we’re watching things that entertain rather than relax us. If you must have a sleep aid, try listening to some quiet music to help you fall asleep, or read a book.
3. Go to bed when you are tired
Trying to sleep when you aren’t tired is a big mistake. You’ll toss and turn, which is frustrating and can cause you to get anxious and irritated. If you get up early every day, you’ll be tired earlier and get into the right sleeping patterns. It might take a little while, but it’s worth it.
4. Get into a routine for sleep
Making a routine for sleeping helps the body prepare. Our circadian rhythm wants us to sleep when it’s dark and get up with the dawn. People who live and work outside know the value of a good night’s sleep and how it helps you to perform all day. We can’t all work outside or exhaust ourselves physically, but exercise, regular sleep times and consistency help.
5. Don’t press the snooze button
Delaying getting out of bed when you are awake will make you more tired. You are already awake, so just get up and start your day at the first ring of the alarm. Your body will thank you. You’d probably get up very early to go on vacation, so give it a try for a week as your regular routine.
6. Once you are up, get moving
As soon as you get up, wash your face and grab a glass of water. That will help you to feel awake, and you can start exercising, eating, or preparing for your day.
7. Get up at the same time very day
If you go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, your body will adjust and create a pattern that it will naturally want to follow, making you a morning person. Breaking your sleeping pattern on weekends will set your hard work back, so keep your routine going every day. You’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and that will help you feel more relaxed and less rushed.
8. Work out in the morning
You might feel tired at first, but after a workout in the morning, you will be refreshed and ready for your day. Working out at night can make you over excited, and you might eat too much after exercising, causing you to feel full and preventing you from sleeping.
9. Find some natural light
Take a walk. Go find the sun. Get outside each day for at least 15 minutes to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy fresh air. We all need vitamin D, and in winter it’s hardest to come by, so you must do it more often when it’s cold and least appealing. Even if you just walk around outside your office at lunch, you’ll get the benefits and feel energized for your afternoon.
10. Look forward to something each day
We all need something to look forward to each day. Whether it’s your job, your family, your pet, or your early morning meditation, if you have something that makes you happy, you will have the energy to feel good and get moving. Use the time you gain each day to spend on yourself, on others, or on a hobby. If you’re sleeping more than seven hours per day, you’re missing out on time you could have used to do things you love.
Become a morning person.
Getting up early regularly will help you to become a morning person. Try these tips for at least seven days to break your bad habit of sleeping in. You’ll feel more refreshed, energized and ready to go!