We aren’t all born early birds… I certainly wasn’t!
In my teen years, I got myself into the all too well known bad habit of falling asleep at 3 am and waking up at 1 pm the next day. When I started to work, I was always on different shifts so only had to force myself out of bed pre-9am maybe twice a week? Now, I work 3 jobs, all from home. I barely have enough hours in the day to get everything I need to do, done! This is why I became a morning person.
Ditch the Technology!
Uh-Oh! We’re all a little guilty of it aren’t we? Scrolling aimlessly through social media till stupid o’clock in the AM. Research shows putting the phone away an hour before you want to go to bed could improve your sleeping habit. It will enable you to drift off a lot quicker! Replace it with an alternative like reading or even meditation & mindfulness, these are great habits to pick up before bedtime. I’ve been reading this: Motivation in 7 Simple Steps: Get Excited, Stay Motivated, Achieve Any Goal and Create an Incredible Lifestyle: Volume 3 (Motivation, Success, Motivational Books, Lifestyle Design) before bed and I’m really enjoying it!
Plan a Night Time Routine
Getting into a habit before you settle down will help you drift off around the same time most evenings. Plan out your ideal evening routine and stick to it. It could just be planning what time you’re going to wash your face, brush your teeth and hop into bed every night. You can make it as detailed as you like, include a skin care, shower and hair routine… Whatever makes you feel most relaxed! Make sure you have set times for everything, the more you practise the more natural it gets.
Out With the Black-Out Blinds, in with the Light
Let that light in! It’s the perfect natural alarm clock. Given – in winter this may not be much help but in summer it’s great. If you have a blackout blind you’re holding the natural light out of your room, meaning your body can’t always tell what time it is. Get yourself some light, flowy curtains to allow the sunlight in… It’s a lovely feeling waking up naturally to sunlight.
Schedule your Mornings
It’s just as important to have a routine in the morning as it is in the evening. Make sure you are prepared for the next day, write a to-do list, fill in your calendar and be sure of your plans. Having everything organised the day before will make your mornings less stressful and more pleasant. I write a to-do list every evening before bed so I know exactly what I’m starting with the next day. If you’re super organised you can even plan what you’re having for breakfast!
Yes, exercise to become a morning person. It’s a well-known fact and working out can dramatically improve your sleeping habits. I’m not telling you to wake up at 5 am and go for an hour run 7 days a week… no, thank you! Start with a little light exercise, maybe go for a walk 4-5 times a week either early morning or in the evening. As you get fitter, add in a few HIIT workouts 2-3 times a week. Exercising can really help boost your energy in the mornings and help you sleep better.
Be Tactical with your Alarm
Set your alarm for a time that suits you and put it in a sensible place! If you’re anything like me, you’re a snoozer… Do not even think about pressing that snooze button! Place your alarm or phone away from your bed. This way you’ll actually have to get up to turn it off. The first few times may be a little painful but you’ll get used to it!
Practice makes Perfect
It isn’t going to happen in one day. Give it time and stick with your new habits. Everyone adapts at different rates but I’d say you should start to feel more like a morning person after 2 weeks. Find what works for you, it’s a little like trial and error. Start small if that’s better for you, take 30 minutes off your alarm every few days until you’re where you want to be. Eventually, your body clock will adjust and you’ll become a morning person in no time.