Have you ever tried setting up an alarm very determined to wake up early in the morning? Do you always end up hitting the snooze button no matter how good your intentions are and how hard you try? Do all your resolutions of waking up early slip away to "tomorrows"? At some point in your life, you must have been lectured about the benefits of waking up early but then, what can match the sleep that you get after snoozing the alarm? It is that bonus sleep that you always cherish until you run late for work and wish waking up early was a little fun.
Everyone knows what waking up early can do for them. Waking up early makes you calm, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day! The extra minutes you have, allow you to accomplish more tasks. Hence, you become more productive, you have time to spare for leisure, and your days become less stressful. It is so easy to sink into the comforts of your bed. But as the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.
Waking up early may not be your thing, but being a morning person is not just good for your health; studies reveal that those who wake up early feel more optimistic and proactive than those who don’t. These qualities make the early risers often work harder and function better than the night owls. While you are snoozing the alarm every morning, there are people who are already up and about - happy and full of energy! They are making the most of their time and lives!
We understand that the transition from being a night owl to becoming an early riser is no easy task. Don’t worry; we are here to help you in that process. You simply have to carry out the following simple changes in your lifestyle to train yourself to wake up early. Below we have 15 tips that will tell you how to be a morning person in fun ways.
- 1. Do what you like the most - get a good night’s sleep
- 2. Believe in the benefits that waking up early can bring you
- 3. Wake up with some happy sounds
- 4. Start your day by breathing in the good scents
- 5. Let the sunlight greet you
- 6. Go slow and let your mind wake up
- 7. Let water be your drug
- 8. Hit the gym and have a bull session with a friend
- 9. Rouse your taste buds and have a healthy breakfast
- 10. Plan your day to end it with enough time to chill
- 11. Mind what you eat or drink before sleeping
- 12. Prepare for the day a night before
- 13. Turn everything off before turning yourself off at bedtime
- 14. Develop a night routine
- 15. Forgive yourself
1. Do what you like the most - get a good night’s sleep
Your body needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep in order to rest and recharge for the next day fully. Plus, having enough rest can give you the energy you need to make it easier for you to change other habits.
2. Believe in the benefits that waking up early can bring you
It is easy to do something when you believe in it. For whatever reason, you are trying to be an early riser, believe in all the benefits it can bring you and the tasks that you can accomplish when you develop this habit. Also, believe that you can do it, and set a time to wake up every day. This will motivate you to get up and not hit the snooze button.
3. Wake up with some happy sounds
While setting the alarm to wake you up, avoid startling ringtones with beeps and blares. Choose a ringtone that is pleasant and soothing to ease you in the morning. You can even wake up to the sound of someone you love; simply ask them to give you a morning call or record a sound clip that you can set as your alarm ringtone.
4. Start your day by breathing in the good scents
Using a diffuser and essential oils can calm your mind and help you sleep, but did you know that they can also help you wake up into a delightful morning? Taking in certain aromas upon waking up will refresh your mind and help you be alert. Citrus, rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus are scents that are known to energize you and stimulate the brain; they can help you focus as well. Choose the ones that you like.
5. Let the sunlight greet you
When you prepare to sleep, do not cover the windows completely. Allow some opening for sunlight to enter your room. The sunlight will help your biological clock by sending a signal to your body that it’s time for you to wake up and be alert. Exposure to sunlight is very important. Sunlight activates the production of vitamin D, which can boost your mood and make you alert. As soon as you wake up, put on a robe and get out in the sunlight. Just sit under the sun for a while or do something that interests you, such as meditating, listening to good music, writing or reading a book, or enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
6. Go slow and let your mind wake up
Don’t get out of the bed as soon as you wake up. When the alarm goes off, switch it off, lay in bed for a while, and let your mind get out of sleep. Let the morning light open your eyes and mind. Deeply breathe in and out. This will help you awaken your senses.
7. Let water be your drug
You already know that water is important to stay hydrated, but did you know that water can also help you in getting out of the bed? Drink a glass of cold water immediately when you get up. It will switch your body on into full-on awake mode. Splashing some cold water on your face will also freshen you up.
8. Hit the gym and have a bull session with a friend
Indulging in any form of exercise in the morning is important. Meditation, yoga, dancing, and stretching - all are great activities that you can add to your morning routine. Exercising increases blood flow, which in turn increases your concentration and sharpens your senses throughout the day. Tag a friend along. A friend or a gym partner can motivate you to exercise harder, and it can be fun exercising while telling stories and gossiping.
9. Rouse your taste buds and have a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Avoid sugary cereals and heavily processed foods. There are good breakfast foods that wake you up and stimulate your mind and body for hours to come. Oatmeal, eggs, apples, Greek yogurt, honey, and grapefruit are excellent options. Keep in mind that sleepiness doesn’t just go away with drinking a cup of tea or coffee. Having enough carbohydrates and proteins will help provide you with the energy and brainpower that you need to face the day.
10. Plan your day to end it with enough time to chill
Plan your day ahead in order to be productive but stress-free. This will help you figure out what important tasks are at hand, what can be put on hold, and what is unnecessary. Schedule a task that excites you in the middle of the day; this will keep you from having a long and boring day.
11. Mind what you eat or drink before sleeping
Do not go to bed too full or too hungry. You will not be able to sleep well either way. Consuming coffee or alcohol or a lot of liquids will leave you with intermittent and restless sleep.
12. Prepare for the day a night before
Preparing for the day a night before will help you cut down on the list of things to do in the morning. Before bedtime, pick out what to wear already. Spend some time on how you look to excite you to get ready the next morning. Other planning like, half cooking your breakfast, or preparing your lunch and prepare the things that you need to carry to work the next day, This will also prevent you from racing around in the morning.
13. Turn everything off before turning yourself off at bedtime
Light can disrupt your natural circadian rhythm, making it hard for you to sleep at night. Electronics, like laptops and cell phones, emit blue light which disturbs your sleep even more than natural light. Turn off your gadgets at least an hour before bed to make dozing easier. Even after you wake up, avoid using your phone first thing in the morning.
14. Develop a night routine
Let your mind wind down before sleeping. Listen to soothing music, take a warm bath, moisturize your body, drink a cup of decaffeinated herbal tea, or read a few pages of a book to relax your body and mind. This will help you signal your body that it is the time to sleep. Temperature, noise, light, and comfort all have an impact on how you lull into sleep and the quality of sleep you get. Create a cozy atmosphere. Make sure your room is quiet and cool. Make your bed comfortable. This will help you slip away into a sound sleep.
15. Forgive yourself
No one is perfect. If you had a bad day because of a shortcoming or a wrong decision, do not carry it to bed. Avoid trying to sleep with too many racing thoughts in your mind. Let it go. Forgive yourself for today’s mistakes and try not to worry or think about tomorrow. There’s always another day to be better. Relax and sleep in peace to wake up to a new bright day.