For many people, getting up early is hard no matter how early they go to bed. At night, an early morning workout, making a well-balanced breakfast, or a pre-work call sounds great, but once the morning comes the snooze button rules.
It’s scientifically proven that an early wake up has benefits. Promptly waking up allows for more productivity, and also makes the morning (and the rest of the day) less stressful.
Becoming a morning person isn’t a quick process; it’s gradual and takes some patience. Follow below for seven tips to becoming a morning person.
Picking an earlier wakeup time is easy in theory, but it’s better done in a gradual process. If your typical wakeup time is 7, but you’re aiming for 6, begin by setting your alarm for 6:50. Each day move down in 10-minute increments until you reach your goal time. This process allows your mind and body to get used to the new time healthily.
Have a Consistent Bed Time Routine
To become a morning person, it’s essential to establish a bedtime routine. Have a set time you’re in bed, get off all electronic devices, and stop eating an hour before you plan on going to bed. Make a bedtime routine unique to you, but the biggest take away is that electronic devices need to be away, and timing is everything.
Most people think an abrupt buzzing or alarm is the best sound to wake up to, but that’s not true. It’s proven that a soothing alarm or a favorite song is the most efficient wakeup sounds. Most phones or alarm clocks have different alarm sounds, so choose the one that best suits you.
Natural light is one way to let your body clock know that it’s time to wake up. Simple ways to establish natural light into your morning routine are leave the blinds open when going to sleep, walk outside first thing in the morning, or drink your morning coffee by the window.
I plead guilty to this, but snoozing the alarm an hour before waking up disturbs your REM cycle. That is a huge no, and is why you’re waking up tired after pressing snooze so many times. Set two alarms in the morning. The second one acts as a safety net in case you turn off your first alarm.
Plan Something Early In The Morning
Chances are if you have something planned early in the morning, i.e., morning workout, pre-work coffee meetup, or anything that has a time restraint, you will get out of bed faster than usual. Morning plans give you some motivation other than work to get out of bed.
Get Out of Bed the Minute You Wakeup
The minute that you wake up, you need to drag yourself out of bed. It’s easy to lay in bed and fall into the social media rabbit hole, but that screws up any morning routine. Right when you wake up get out of bed: grab a glass of water from the kitchen, go to the bathroom and wash your face, or take a walk around the apartment.
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