This is a blog post on how to be a morning person. This post will help the night owl or non-morning person trick their body and mind in order to be a morning person. You will learn how to wake up early even if you are not a morning person, improve your health, and take charge of the day.
How to be a Morning Person (Or, at Least Trick Yourself into being a Morning Person)
I am really, really not a morning person. I know some people might argue that there are not morning people vs. night people. It’s just a matter of motivation, determination, smarts, etc., but I disagree.
I consider myself a night owl since I am the most productive at night. Often, I feel like I get a second wind around 10 pm or so.
So, what’s the problem, you ask? I am a mom, a member of society, an adult that now needs to get up at a certain time of day. I can no longer sleep until noon.
It was time for me to figure out how to be a morning person, or at least trick my body and mind into being a morning person.
So, here are some tips on how to be a morning person, or at least trick yourself into being a morning person.
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1. Make a Schedule
Whether you like it or not, to be a morning person you need to make a schedule. Write it down, say it aloud, and tell others about your schedule. This will help hold you accountable. After time, perhaps lots of time, it will become a habit.
The best way to wake up early is to go to bed early. Look at what your nighttime routine and behaviors are. Then, see if you can adjust those so that you can go to bed earlier.
In Order to Wake up Early Look at Your Schedule the Night Before
If you want to know how to wake up early in order to take charge of the day, then you need to focus on your schedule from the night before. Have a set time where you stop working and turn off your screens. If you need to, set an alert as a reminder. Usually, a good rule is to turn off your devices at least one hour before bedtime time. If you absolutely must be on a device or screen right before bed, dim the brightness if possible.
If you are not getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night, then look at your daily habits to see if there is any way you can go to bed earlier. Pay attention to the food and drinks you consume. Are you having caffeine late in the day or eating foods high in sugar?
If you have carefully considered all of your daily habits, and you still don’t know why you’re having trouble falling asleep early, a licensed professional can help. Research shows that speaking with licensed therapists (such as the ones at BetterHelp) can reduce insomnia and improve sleeping patterns.
2. Eat Foods to Help You Sleep
Alternatively, there are certain foods and supplements that help you sleep. Here are 17 Foods That Make You Sleepy. For supplements to help with sleeping, look into melatonin, magnesium, lavender, and valerian root. But remember to consult a physician before making any changes to your diet or adding supplements.
3. Pay Attention to Your Room’s Ambiance
In order to get a good night’s sleep, which in turn will help you be in a better mood in the morning, pay attention to your room’s ambiance. Your room should be relaxing and stress-free. Pay attention to the temperature, light, and comfort. Do you prefer a firm or soft mattress, and which kind is best?
Lighting is very important to your Most articles that teach night owls how to be a morning person stress how important it is to have natural sunlight in the morning. At the same time, you want to make sure your room is dark when it is time to sleep. Therefore, consider purchasing some room darkening curtains or a sleep mask. In the morning, open your blinds or curtains to let in the natural light. If you cannot get enough light, there are natural light alarm clocks such as this Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock.
4. Don’t snooze.
You Snooze You Lose When it Comes to How to be a Morning Person
If you want to wake up early and feel ready for the day, do not use your snooze button! Snoozing interrupts your body’s natural sleep cycles. In fact, hitting the snooze button can mess up your whole day! Huff Post has an article about why snoozing is bad for you. If you need a little extra TLC when waking up, consider a pleasant ring tone or music to wake you from your sleep.
5. Move your body.
To trick your body into becoming a morning person, try moving your body when you first wake up. It would be wonderful if you can do a full workout, but if not, any type of movement works. You could try some light stretching or yoga. To get your blood flowing, try dancing to your favorite song. For some inspiration, look at these 8 Wake-Up-Your-Body Moves Anyone Can Do In the Morning. There are also so many options for home workout equipment and free or inexpensive online workouts.
6. Treat yourself.
In order to be a morning person, make the morning something to look forward to. Find a way to treat yourself in the morning. For some, it could be a workout, but for others consider meditation, or writing in a gratitude journal. As another way to treat yourself in the morning, choose to read or listen to something uplifting. A treat could also be something a simple as a good cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast.
7. Just Do It!
If you’ve tried all of the above or are stubborn (like I can be), just suck it up and do it. You are an adult now. You have responsibilities. Bite the bullet (or whatever other clichés you like to use) and get the F out of bed!
How to Be a Morning Person
MAKE A SCHEDULE
EAT FOODS TO HELP YOU SLEEP
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ROOM’S AMBIANCE
MOVE YOUR BODY.
JUST DO IT!
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Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.