I have always envied those who are able to be up and running by the crack of dawn- alive, awake and ready to take on the day. Basically my whole life I’ve been a creature of the night. I would stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. finishing projects and have to rush in the morning to make my appointment at noon.
With a huge amount of effort and dedication, I am slowly getting closer to becoming a morning person- that productive and enthusiastic individual who wakes up at 6 a.m. and is asleep by midnight. I love the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment from getting out of bed without hitting snooze and squeezing in that morning workout, study session, or home cooked breakfast.
Employing these nine small changes to your daily routine will help you get up and at em’ earlier than ever before.
Go to Bed earlier.
This might seem cliché, but it is impossible to comfortably wake up early if you go to bed late. Figure out what time you need to be under the covers to get at least seven hours of sleep and plan your day accordingly. I use the Sleepytime Calculator to decide what time I need to go to bed to avoid waking myself up in the middle of a deep sleep.
Plan out your day the night before.
Getting out of bed is much easier when you wake up to obligations. If there is nothing on my itinerary, I tend to hit the snooze button without much thought. In order to be more productive the following day, decide at what exact time you want to be at the gym, in the shower, or done with your errands the night before. It is so much easier to follow a set schedule when you actually have one!
The best advice I can give to someone who wants to wake up early every day is to just keep making yourself get up. If you have a work or class schedule that starts at a different time each day, try to always wake up at the same time every day even if you start later. If you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day your body will get used to the routine and waking up will start to feel natural. Getting up will be so much easier and you will thank yourself for the extra time you have in the morning!
Put your phone and alarm clock out of reach.
Keeping your phone somewhere other than your bedside table is so much more difficult than it sounds! When your alarm starts chirping in the morning you will be forced to get up and it will be much easier to get your day started. It is also extremely tempting to do some late night scrolling through Twitter and Instagram when a smartphone is in reach.
Work out when you wake up.
Getting in a morning workout will help wake up your brain and body and keep you energized throughout the day. It will be much easier to focus on other tasks if your daily exercise is out of the way. It will also help you feel more ready for bed by the end of the day. Working out in the evening requires serious motivation and can keep you up at night.
Eat healthier during the day.
Eating healthy will give you significantly more energy to take on your day. It is surprising how much better a healthy diet can make you feel when you wake up. If becoming a morning person is not worth altering your diet, invest in a daily vitamin for emergy. Vitamins like B12 will help your body convert food to energy and help you feel awake throughout your day. It is also important to not eat right before bed because it may have a negative effect on your sleep.
Read before you go to sleep.
If trouble falling asleep is part of your problem, read while you’re under the covers to wind down and relax your mind. Since I can get anxious when trying to sleep, I always read right before I go to sleep to get my mind off of all the things I have to do the following day. I’ve noticed that if I read just a little bit the night before, I feel so much more rested in the morning.
Develop a morning routine.
If mornings are a part of the day where you are constantly rushed to get out of the door on time and feeling groggy, there is no way you will ever become a morning person! Those first few hours of your day should be spent treating yourself with a delicious breakfast or taking your time to get ready and get on with your day. A bad morning can really ruin your whole day, so take the extra time necessary to have a relaxing morning and to develop a routine that can be a pleasant start to your day!
Just get out of bed!
If you keep hitting the snooze button and sleeping through your classes you can never expect to change your bad habits. You are the only person who can truly motivate yourself to make the change towards a more productive morning. If you continue to be consistent in getting up on time, living a healthy lifestyle, and going to bed at a reasonable hour the transition from night owl to early bird will be super easy and will eventually feel natural. Changing your habits is never a simple task, but with a little dedication to getting your ass out of bed anyone can become a morning person!
I hope these tips motivate you to do more with your mornings and make getting out of bed a little brighter and more bearable. Tweet or pin this post if you have friends or family who could benefit from this advice and subscribe if you would like to read more tips that make your life a little easier! 🙂