How to Become a Morning Person | 10 Tricks
You know the old saying “The early bird gets the worm” – I believe that this saying is somewhat true if you’re up and awake before the rest of the city. I’m lucky because I’ve always been a morning person but I can appreciate that not everybody enjoys getting up at 5am. Waking up early has always been natural for me and has never been a struggle but this isn’t the case for a lot of people. So, this read is dedicated to you…Find out what my tips and tricks are to become a morning person – I’m not saying that it will be an easy adjustment but it will be worth it in the long run (just remember…baby steps. This isn’t a race!).
#1: Make a schedule
Make a ‘To-Do’ list for the next day the night before. This way, when you wake up, you’re excited for the day ahead because you know what needs to get done. Everybody needs a purpose and this is your purpose and reason for waking up early.
#2: Have a routine to look forward to
This routine could be as simple as looking forward to that morning coffee you usually pick up from your favourite coffee store down the road. Or, it could be walking your dog on the beach or around the lake. Whatever it may be, have something to look forward to in the morning. This will help get you out of bed.
#3: Ditch the snooze button
Studies have shown that hitting the snooze button results to your body falling in and out of sleep. Though you may think that you need the extra 10, 20 or 30 minutes to get yourself ready to wake up, you’re actually doing your body a dis-service. Not only will you be waking up feeling even more tired than when you first went to bed, but groggy as well. Set a time that won’t allow you to hit the snooze button – For example, if you’d like to be out of bed by 6:00am, set your alarm for 5:58am. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to sleep in when you have a goal of being out of bed by 6am.
#4: Move your alarm (aka your phone) across the room
Another tip to discourage you from hitting the snooze button is to move your alarm (aka your phone) across the room. This will force you to get out bed to turn the alarm off because lets face it, getting out of bed is the hardest part.
#5: Work out first thing in the morning
Not only will you have more energy to go for a run first thing in the morning but you will feel more accomplished and energised before you get to work. Studies have also shown that you will have more energy for the day ahead if you exercised first thing in the morning compared to if you skipped your morning workout. It doesn’t even necessarily need to be a run, but a simple 10-minute mat workout in your living room is enough to get your body moving.
#6: Go to bed at a reasonable hour (aim for at least 7 hours sleep)
It’s no surprise that if you had a good night’s sleep that you will feel more energised and ready for the day ahead. Aim for at least 7 hours’ worth of sleep. Studies have shown that for young adults aged between 18-25 years old and for adults aged between 26-64 years old, the minimum required hours of sleep is 6 hours but they do advice for 7-9 hours sleep a night.
#7: Invite some natural sunlight into your room
Natural sunlight has been proven to increase optimism when invited in. So why not invite some natural sunlight into your room? Not only will that help you wake up and start your day, but it will help boost your mood as well.
#8: Drink a full glass of water when you first wake up
Having been asleep for 7-8 hours overnight, you will naturally wake up a little dehydrated. Drinking a full glass of water when you first wake up (i.e. before eating anything) is a good way to purify your internal system and is also a great way to kick start your day.
#9: Power down
Any kind of light can shift your circadian rhythms, making it harder for you to fall asleep at night. If you’re constantly plugged in throughout the day and night, you’re even less likely to hit the sack right away. Research has shown that the blue light emitted by electronics such as laptops and mobile phones disturbs your sleep even more than natural light. Try turning off those electronic screens at least an hour before bed to make it easier to fall asleep.
#10: Prep for the day ahead before bed
Not really sure about what to do during that electronic-free hour of yours before hitting the sack? Try using that time to get everything together for the A.M. It could be packing your lunch, prepping your breakfast, coordinating your outfit and organising your day bag. Shortening your morning to-do list will make it easier for you to get out of bed and to feel more organised for when you start your day as well.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful. It has become a part of my daily routine now that I don’t even realise I’m doing it. A sleep in for me is 8am but most days, it’s 6am! The early bird really does get the worm and there’s nothing more rewarding to me than getting more done in the day with the hours given to me.