If you’re a natural night owl, jumping out of bed in the early morning and dancing around the room like Rihanna might never happen. But there are ways that you can learn how to become a morning person – at least a little bit more.
Unless you’re a DJ or a security agent on the graveyard shift, the modern world isn’t designed for night owls. Work starts early, and you need to be on your toes well before noontime rolls around. And if you have children? Well, that's a crash-course in early waking if ever there was one!
If you feel like you are slogging through your mornings half-asleep, follow these top tips to wake up on the right side of the bed and get going.
How to Become a Morning Person
1. Ditch the snooze button. In the moment, that extra few minutes of sleep feels so good and so right. It’s all you want in the entire world. But in reality, you’re only getting very fragmented sleep – not the deep sleep that your body really needs. You’re much better off just setting your alarm 10 to 15 minutes later. Instead of crappy snooze sleep, you’ll get real sleep.
2. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. When your alarm clock is on your nightstand within arm’s length, you can turn it off while you’re still mostly asleep. Instead, give it a home on the other side of the room – and turn it up loud. You’ll be forced to get out of bed to shut off the alarm.
3. Cold when you wake up? Set out clothes beside your alarm clock, on the other side of the room. Chilly temperatures make a warm bed even more inviting. Lay out the clothes you want to wear beside your alarm clock, so that you can put them on quickly right after you wake up and get warm.
While you’re pulling on your outfit for the day, you’ll wake up even more – and you won’t want to get back in bed with your jeans or work clothes on. Bonus: you’re already dressed! You’re almost ready for the day!
4. Your first order of business in the morning should be something fun or nourishing for your body. Do you grab your phone and check your email first thing in the morning? No wonder you don’t want to get up! Making your mornings more enjoyable is an important step when learning how to become a morning person.
Reframe the morning in your mind as a time for you to get centered, instead of the first step of a day full of to-dos. Do some stretching, meditate for a few minutes, walk the dogs, or listen to your favorite song. Visualize what you are thankful for, or what you’re looking forward to about the day. Start the day by focusing on your priorities.
#5. Go outside in the sunshine. If you wake up at 4 am or live in Seattle, this might be a problem. But if the sun is shining, step outside and soak in the rays on your face. Sunlight wakes up the brain, and suppresses melatonin – the sleep hormone. It’s a natural
#6. Coffee. Helping people discover how to become a morning person since the 9th century. Enough said.
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