Wednesday, January 13, 2016

7 Ways To Become a Morning Person

Does Monday role around and are you still hitting the snooze button endlessly? Do you tell yourself you'll get a morning workout in, only to forget about it once morning comes? Are you constantly running out of hours in the day? 

If you are, you might consider trying to become a morning person. Science has proven that the most successful people are early risers, so here are seven ways to become a morning person. 

1) Go to sleep earlier
The fastest and easiest way to fail at being a morning person is to continue to go to sleep at the same time you would when you'd sleep in. Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep and it's important to continue to get them as you shift your wake up time back. 

2) Make it a routine
Mondays will continue to be hard and miserable if you stay up late on the weekends and throw your early rising out the door. Nobody's suggesting you go to bed at 8pm on a Friday or Saturday night, but if you don't stick to your routine on weekends, that's almost 1/4 of the month wasted (even more if you consider the Mondays spent readjusting). 

3) Technology off
Turn off technology for a bit before going to sleep because the bright lights make it harder for you to fall asleep. Plus you really shouldn't be watching the Real Housewives of who-knows-where in bed. 

4) Exercise early
Getting in some early morning exercise can help kick start your day. Try to get up and get moving! Even just five minutes of yoga or jumping jacks can help awaken and invigorate you. 

5) Stop the snooze
Snoozing an alarm almost never makes you feel better. Once your alarm goes off lie in bed. Don't let yourself fall asleep, but stay in that peaceful, meditative state for a couple minutes. Think only positive things. Think of what you need to do for the day, then get up and get at it! Snoozing an alarm is pointless because you never get back to that rem sleep and can only make you feel more tired. 

6) Eat right
Diet plays such a huge role in feeling awake. Try cutting down on the processed foods, fats, and animal products and see if you begin to feel better. Sometimes you're not physically tired and don't need sleep, but only feel lethargic because of what you're eating badly. 

7) Stay motivated
All of this is pointless if you're not motivated to keep it up. Being a morning person is a choice and a lesson in self discipline. Remember how productive you are and how good you feel waking up early! 


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips! I have tried going to sleep earlier but the heat in SA (currently summer) is unreal!

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