You might think being a morning person is something you’re born with or you’re not. To an extent, I agree. Yet, when it comes to routines, kids and/or work schedules, even if you’re a purebred night owl, you may have to get up early. Studies show that getting up earlier is good for your health because you get more sunlight which helps your health and your mood. Getting up earlier can also help you have a more productive day. So even if you’re like me and you love sleeping in, here are some easy ways to turn yourself into a morning person:
- Move your alarm clock out of reach. It can be way too easy to hit snooze a million times until you’re late for work or have lost another hour out of your day. If you are forced to get out of bed and walk across the room to turn your alarm off, chances are you won’t crawl back into bed. When you turn it off, use this time to stretch gently or meditate for a few minutes to set your intentions for the day.
- Ditch the blackout shades. The sun coming into your window can be a gentle way to wake up and reset your natural sleep cycle. If you live in a basement or somewhere without natural light, try getting an alarm clock that mimics the rising of the sun to help you wake up naturally.
- Hydrate as soon as you wake up. After sleeping for many hours, you’re basically dehydrated every day when you wake up and being dehydrated can make it hard to get up. Start by drinking a large glass of water. Lemon water is a great way to help you wake up and stimulate your digestive system too. Green tea is another great way to hydrate in the morning that can give you a gentle caffeine boost.
- Start a morning ritual. Give yourself something to look forward to getting out of bed for instead of lying there for several minutes not wanting to get up. Think an amazing cup of coffee, a favorite breakfast, a yoga routine, a walk around the neighborhood or even leaving your phone in another room so you have to get up fully to check Facebook and Instagram.
- Remember that feeling of being productive. It feels amazing to get all of your emails out of the way or your workout completed before 10 am and it can set a positive tone for the rest of your day. When it is difficult to get out of bed, remember that positive feeling you’ll get when you get your to-do list done early in the morning and have more time to play in the afternoon.
- Make it a habit. Don’t just get up early a few times a week and sleep in the rest of your days. Sleeping in too late on the weekend can disrupt your sleep cycle and make you feel more tired and cranky.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? How do you help yourself get up early in the mornings? Share with us your tips!