Getting out of bed in the morning can be hard. The thought of leaving the warm embrace of your duvet is less than exciting. But the morning doesn’t have to be something you sleep through. And that doesn’t mean waking up to watch the sun rise either. To be a morning person, you must find the right balance that works for you and your life. Here are some simple tips that will help you actually be a morning person… and even enjoy it!
Tidy Your Room/Home The Night Before
There’s nothing worse than waking up to a messy and chaotic home. A disorganised space will only lead to a disorganised mind, and that’s no way to start the day! Before you go to bed, tidy up your room/home so that you can wake up and not dread having to tidy up when you’d rather spend the time getting ready for the day. This will also save you time in the morning to do other, more productive things such as make a nutritional breakfast to get you through until lunch!
People tend to think that in order to become a morning person, you must be asleep by 9 and be up before the sun! But that’s just not the case.
An incredibly important, intrinsic and yet often overlooked aspect of being a morning person is sleep. If you’re getting less than 7 or more than 9 hours of sleep, you will not feel energised at any time in the morning…regardless of how many green smoothies you drink! Not getting enough sleep will leave you feeling fatigued. The day ahead will be marred by a tired and slow morning. On the other side of things, sleeping for too long is considered disordered sleeping. This could be a sign of underlying factors such as mental health issues that you may need to speak to your GP about.
Working out the amount of sleep you’ll need as an individual, as someone with a specific day-to-day life that may be full of things that mean you require more sleep than someone whose days are less jam-packed, is the first step to becoming a morning person. This will take a bit of trial and error but once you unlock the pattern that works for you, you’ll find yourself waking up at the same time, feeling ready to start the day!
It may seem that to be a morning person means you never have to set an alarm to wake up. Of course, it is possible to get your body clock to follow a routine that means you’re able to wake up without the sweet hum of a persistent, ever-deafening alarm. But this just isn’t realistic when we’ve got to be at work at 9am. If our body clocks let us down, an alarm will be our savior.
By setting your alarm to go off five minutes earlier every other day or week, you’ll be training your body clock to get used to these changes little by little. This will make your end goal of waking up earlier and embracing the opportunities of the morning a lot easier.
These simple tips will aid you on the journey to becoming a morning person and though it may take time to get into the rhythm of things, once you do, the morning will be yours to conquer. The days of heavy eyelids and tired minds and bodies will be a fuzzy memory of the past!