Are you someone who is definitely not a morning person? Do you want to throw shoes at your alarm to get it to shut up? Do you envy those that spring out of bed the moment their alarm goes off? Well, maybe envy isn’t the right word. But if you’d like to be more of a morning person, or at least get out of bed a bit easier than you do now – then keep reading.
Just Get Up
The moment your alarm goes off, just get up. Don’t question it – just do it. If you immediately rise out of bed when your alarm goes off, you don’t have time to think about how sleepy you are. You don’t have time to roll over and wrap yourself in your blanket to cuddle back up. The more you start to just get up, the more it will feel more natural to wake up with the sound of your alarm instead of trying to fight it.
Positive Pep Talk
Tell yourself you are a morning person. It literally can be that easy. The power of the mind and its ability to change how you feel is pretty amazing. This won’t change overnight. Chatting with yourself with positive thoughts will provide more benefits for you than just changing you into a morning person.
According to BurnDaily – ‘Any kind of light can shift circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep at night. And if you’re constantly plugged in, you’re even less likely to hit the hay right away. Research has shown that the blue light emitted by electronics like laptops and cell phones disturbs sleep even more than natural light. Turn off those electronic screens at least an hour before bed to make dozing easier.’
Say ‘No’ More Than ‘Yes’
Are you not a morning person because you simply aren’t getting enough sleep? If so, prepare the night before. You may be a social butterfly, but your sleep is important to keep your flapping your wings. Saying ‘no’ to some evening activities (instead of yes to all of them) with the intent to get you to bed early will be more beneficial to your mind, body, and soul than a few extra cocktails pushing you into the wee hours of the night.
Shorten Your Mornings
How early do you wake up before you leave the house in the morning? How about making that time shorter so you can sleep a bit longer? Whatever you do in the morning, figure out if you can do any of it the night before. Can you set a timer on the coffee pot? Can you make your lunch the night before? Could you shower the night before? How about packing your gym bag or the kid’s backpacks the night before? Any little shift of morning duties you can bring to the night before will allow you to sleep just a bit longer.
Question What You Eat and Drink in the Evenings
You’ve probably heard more times than you can count, don’t eat too close to bed. But on the other hand, some say not to go to bed starving. Finding what works for you will keep you more rested throughout the night. Work the balance between not being too full, as that can keep you up and not starving – to where you wake up and eat something in the middle of the night. Additionally, pay attention to what you drink before bed. Sipping too much before bed can cause mid-slumber trips to the bathroom.
Because let’s face it, when someone complains about lack of sleep they usually mention how early they woke up, not necessarily what time they went to bed. If you can push your wake-up time to a tad bit later I bet you would feel less inclined to complain about being sleepy or sluggin’ away in the morning.