How To Become A Morning Person
Ugh, morning people. They’re bright, chipper and always ready to tackle the day, making those of us who air on the side of press-snooze-10-times-and-rush-out-the-door pale in comparison.
Annoying? Yes! But do those of us in the camp of not being a morning person envy them? Of course. They’re just so darn on the ball, and for good reason. There’s nothing like starting the morning right with time, energy and a productive mind frame. Even things like being a better driver and having an overall happier mind frame are cited as side effects of morning people.
For those of you determined to become morning people, but who have failed time after time for countless reasons, we empathize with your pain. It’s hard to change habits, and particularly when those habits involve listening to the alarm at first ring, it can be a fruitless pursuit. That is, until now.
We came across an article from Huffington Post that laid out strategies for becoming a morning person. They’re practical and attainable, making them approaches that we’d bet actually work.
Ready to tackle the day early? Here’s how.
- Decide a standard time you want to get up every day and start making yourself get up then. Set your alarm for that time, and don’t hit the snooze button. Even on weekends don’t sleep in too much.
- Have a target bedtime as well. After a few days of getting up early, going to bed earlier will begin to feel more natural because your body will be tired. Tune into your body. (Incidentally, research suggests that going to bed by 10 p.m. is optimal because some of the best sleep happens between 10 and midnight.)
- Turn off all electronic screens at least an hour before bedtime
- Design a relaxing evening routine that gets you in the sleep mode. This might include dimming the lights and reading a print book in bed for half an hour. You might also drink a calming tea or take a warm bath.
- Make your bedroom a tranquil place. Keep it clutter free, and get shades or curtains that effectively block the light at night.
- Get out of bed quickly in the morning and start moving. A workout such as stretching, walking, or yoga will help wake and energize you.
- Create a morning routine you enjoy and that sets you up for a good day. This could be a few minutes of meditation, keeping a gratitude journal, or even just drinking a cup of coffee while staring at a pleasant view.
- In general, all the things that support you to feel better during the day — exercise, a healthy diet, a positive attitude — help you to sleep better as well.
While it may take a while, incorporating these strategies into your routines can help to take you from a night owl to a morning person. Do you have other things that have worked for you? Please share them in the comments below!
Strategies originally from the Huffington Post article “Being A Morning Person Can Help Keep You Healthy” by Kellyann Petrucci.