OK, I am in desperate need of advice on how to become a morning person, therefor I started doing a little research, to see if there was anything on this planet that would be effective enough to get me out of bed at a decent time in the mornings. I honestly hate not being a “Morning Person” and whenever I go into periods of getting myself into a rhythm, I feel uber proud of myself and above all, productive!. Lately though, I am finding it harder and harder to get up in the mornings and if it wasn’t for my boyfriend who gets up quite early and tries his hardest to get me out of bed, I would probably sleep until 11am, no joke.
I also think that one of the big factors for me having such a weird sleeping pattern, is that I travel quite a bit. I sometimes feel as if I was in a perpetual state of jet lag and it makes it a bit hard to get into a normal routine. I have even been slacking on my normal workout routines because I just cant find the time, because I wake up too late!
I have been doing some research and in the past couple of days, I found countless of articles trying to tackle this problem, so here are a few of the solutions I found. I will try to test them but I figured that some of you might be having the same issues, therefor I wanted to share my findings!
Here are 10 suggestions I found on SHAPE.com:
1. Get enough sleep. It may seem obvious, but getting those recommended seven to nine hours will make getting up earlier easier. Pro tip? Keep the laptop and other work out of the bed to sleep soundly.
2. Stay consistent. Try to set the alarm clock for the same time every morning—including weekends. A constant wake-up call may make it progressively easier to jump out of bed.
3. Start slowly. Pick a new wake-up time and gradually work towards it. Want to rise at 7 a.m. but stuck at 8 a.m.? Start by setting the clock for 7:45, and move down in 15-minute increments until that new time goal is reached.
4. Skip the snooze. Disrupting sleep an hour or so before actually getting out of bed may disturb our REM cycle, which helps stimulate brain regions linked to cognition. You don’t want to mess with that (or bug a roommate with multiple alarms!). Set one alarm for when it’s time to rise—and maybe another a few minutes later in case you snooze through!
6. Let in the light. Research shows a little light may be all we need to reset the body block. A simple solution is to keep the blinds open during the night. Or greet the day and brush your teeth outside! (While waving to the neighbors…)
7. Eat breakfast. Sleepiness doesn’t disappear just from drinking a cup of coffee. Having enough time for some green eggs and ham (or maybe just a yogurt parfait) will also provide energy, not to mention it’ll boost that brainpower too.
8. Hit the gym. Those tired eyes may go away once a morning workout routine is in order. Exercise will definitely boost energy. *( I REALLY WANT TO START WORKING OUT IN THE MORNINGS!!!)
9. Treat yo’self. Have a reward waiting in the a.m. to motivate climbing out of the covers. Dive into some freshly baked fruit and nut bars, or slide into a warm bath instead of taking a quick shower.
10. J.F.D.I. Sometimes we need to bite the bullet and “just f*ing do it.” Researchers have found that creativity may flourish when we feel groggy, so don’t let a little drowsiness interrupt seizing the day!
I also found this cool post on BUZZFEED with illustrated examples. Honestly, I am willing to try anything at this point! HAHAHA.
I will keep you posted and PLEASE, if you are a morning person and you have any suggestions on how to become one, DO SHARE!