Rise & shine to a new, energetic you!
In a perfect world, we’d all be morning people. Everyone would wake up refreshed, energized and ready to own the day. Obviously, this isn’t the case. Between hectic morning routines, long work hours and chores galore – many of us just want the morning to disappear.
We go to bed with the best intentions: to wake up with enough time to enjoy breakfast, catch up on a show or go for a run. But those intentions slip away when 6 am rings and we crawl under the pillow for just a few more minutes of zzzs.
We know this is going to sound shocking but mornings can be the best part of your day. Seriously. You crave coffee but your mornings can be a haven of productivity, solitude and enjoyment. How, you ask? With our 8 steps to leaving your night owl ways behind and becoming a morning person.
Step 1 – Get more snooze time
Easier said than done. Not only do we wish for more sleep – our minds and bodies need 7 to 9 hours each night. You may think you’re too busy to fit in time between the sheets but consider the health consequences of sleep deprivation. This isn’t pretty, folks.
Instead of sacrificing sleep, create a sleep routine that’s realistic and doable – every night. Your future self will thank you.
Step 2 – Set up a soothing nighttime environment
Before jumping into bed, create a relaxing bedroom environment so shutting your eyes is simpler and more enjoyable. Sip some tea or read a book (with actual pages) to declutter your mind for sleep. Whatever you do, make sure it’s calming and something that can be repeated every night.
Over time, your body will adjust to your nighttime routine and it’ll be second nature to you
Step 3 – Goodbye gadgets
This comes up oftenwhen it comes to sleeping better – the bedroom is no place for electronic devices. If this sounds too drastic, eliminate the ones you can live without and set turn-off times for the rest. Don’t let the screen be the last thing you see before falling asleep. That blue light is a sleep killer.
Although you might want to catch up on Orange is the New Black in bed, it’ll be hard for your brain to transition to sleep afterward. Trust us on this one. Restrict your screen contact.
Step 4 – Tired? Go to bed
Most of us are creatures of habit and wander off to bed at the same time each night. When we have an exhausting day and are physically drained, we ignore our brains signaling sleep because it’s not our scheduled bedtime. Don’t ignore your body – if you feel tired, get some shut-eye.
Step 5 – Avoid the snooze
If you wake up feeling groggy, even after plenty of sleep, it’s because a REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle has been disrupted. Our deepest sleep usually lasts between 70 and 90 minutes, and this is the point in the sleep cycle where we dream. When REM sleep is disrupted, grogginess and disorientation can occur. When your alarm rings, try to allow yourself to wake slowly instead of drifting back to sleep.
Step 6 – Get moving
When it’s time to wake up, leave your tranquil bed ASAP. Even if it’s just walking around your bedroom or brushing your teeth, it’s important to get moving. When you lay in bed, even just checking emails, you’re allowing yourself to let the grogginess to take over, which can lead to a grumpy start to the day.
Step 7 – Work out
Don’t roll your eyes at this one – we’re serious! Doing a quick workout, such as yoga or a short jog will release toxins from your body and get you going for the day. Doing it first thing in the morning will energize you for a productive day and prepare you for a good night’s sleep when it’s time to go back to bed.
Step 8 – Look forward
All work and no play, makes for a blah week. Plan for productivity but schedule fun things into your week so it’s not all work. Give yourself a reason to get out of bed each morning, focusing on what you love about the day ahead, not the must-dos.
The morning is the new YOU
If you’re a night owl, waking up early and enjoying mornings is an acquired taste. The good news is that small changes over time can create a new you that’s happy, energetic and positive, from the moment you open your eyes at first light.