Mornings can be tough. There have been days in my life where the hardest thing I have done was get out of bed when my alarm went off. However, mornings can be one of the most productive times of anyone’s day–you can wake up early to plan your day, to work out, to have alone time, to be able to sit and enjoy a good breakfast, etc.
I used to be a night owl, and at the right times I still can be, but I have found a way to become a morning person and it’s drastically changing my life–I now have an early-morning workout routine, I always eat a healthy breakfast, and I have MORE energy throughout the day (can you believe it?)
So here’s how to become a morning person:
1. Disconnect from technology an hour before bed
Technology can stimulate your brain in ways that give you fake energy, and this is not what you need if trying to go to bed at a decent hour. Even the light emitted from screens has been found to make it hard for people to sleep. This is why you should take just an hour to decompress before bedtime. Here’s what you should do instead of using technology:
2. Plan your day right before you go to sleep
Take this time to relax, sip on tea, and plan out your day before going to sleep. If the rest of your schedule is dependent on your ability to wake up early, then you will have extra motivation to get out of bed on time. Write down specific times for your wake-up, your workout, your breakfast, and whatever else you need to do to be productive.
3. Do not hit snooze
This may sound impossible, but something that helps is to only set ONE alarm. You heard me. ONE. Set the time that your alarm goes off the ONLY time you could wake up and get everything done that you have on your schedule. Hitting snooze gets you in the habit of trying to extend sleep, which is counterintuitive if you are trying to become a morning person.
4. Don’t think, just do
When your alarm goes off, immediately your brain starts to go through all of the possible options: if I sleep in for another hour I’ll have to skip my workout and shower but I’ll still get to work/school/life on time so I could totally sleep in right now. AVOID this entire thought process, and as soon as your alarm goes off, turn off your alarm and your thoughts, get up like a zombie, put on your clothes, and get moving.
5. Find something you like to wake up for
What can get you excited to wake up? Is it working out? Is it meditation, yoga, coffee, alone time, running errands? What motivates you to want to start your day? Thinking about this can get you excited to get up and out of bed.
6. Wake up earlier and earlier
Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you usually wake up. After about 4 days set it back another 15 minutes. If you have to make this transition in slow increments, that works perfectly, and will help you create a routine that you can maintain in the long run.
7. Wear yourself out during the day so you’re extra tired
If you find yourself staying up late because you have boundless energy, try to wear yourself out during the day. Do more physical activity, play with your kids, workout, run errands, be productive, do anything so that when it starts getting late, you’re ready to —-zonk out and wake up early the next day.
I hope these tips were helpful, these are what I do to wake up early and I love it so much. Comment and let me know if you have any tips, or what your biggest struggle is when waking up in the morning!