I used to dislike mornings. I was much more of a night owl and would rather stay up late and work through the night while watching 90s Nickelodeon. Nowadays I struggle to motivate myself to work late at night and instead favor working first thing in the morning.
If you want to become a morning person here are six tips to help:
1. Wake up at the right time.
What I mean by this is that you want to wake up during the beginning stages of a REM cycle because that’s when we are in the lightest sleep. Of course, you can’t just do this on your own, but there are apps that can help. There are a variety of apps that can detect movement to determine when you are most likely to be in the beginning stages of REM. Or you can opt for an alarm that plays a softer “pre-alarm” a half-hour before you want to wake. How it works is that you’ll only hear this quieter alarm if you’re in light sleep.
It’ll be much easier to become a morning person when you’re woken up at the right time! It may seem like you’re missing out on sleep and that you’ll feel even more tired if you wake up earlier than you anticipated, but you’ll actually experience the opposite. When you’re woken up during deep sleep, you’ll feel groggy and tired, but waking up during light sleep will leave you feeling more refreshed because your sleep hasn’t been disturbed.
2. Create a morning routine you’ll love.
When you have a morning routine you enjoy, you’ll be much more likely to jump out of bed and look forward to starting your day. So, ask yourself what your ideal morning looks like. What would you do? Become a morning person by creating a routine and sticking to it each and every day. It may be hard at first, but once you get used to it, you won’t want to miss a day!
Related: Why You Need a Morning Routine
I recently read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which is a morning routine inspired by what many successful people say they do every day when they wake up. And how could anyone resist that?
3. Let in the natural light.
Unfortunately, the light from your lamp just doesn’t have the same feeling as the natural light from a sunrise. When you wake up in the morning, open up the curtains and let the sunshine in. It may seem simple, but it’s an easy trick to help wake you up!
4. Drink a glass of water.
Did you know that your body gets dehydrated after hours of sleep? It’s important to rehydrate when you wake up, otherwise you’ll still feel tired and fatigued. If you want to become a morning person and feel energized when you wake up, get into the habit of drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. The water will refresh your body and give you the energy boost you need.
5. Make time for exercise.
Exercising in the morning is great because it helps to increase your endorphins, which puts you in a good mood, but it can also help you burn off more calories and fat. Instead of saving your workouts until the end of the day, try exercising in the morning before you even eat breakfast!
6. Eat a healthy breakfast.
You know the saying… Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it really is if you want to start your day off right. Skipping breakfast is never a good idea because it won’t refuel you or give you the energy your body needs to start the day.
Make time each morning to sit down and have a good breakfast. Your breakfast should include protein, fruit or veggie, and some whole grains. Now doesn’t that sound good? You’ll never become a morning person on an empty stomach!