No one likes a person who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed! Well, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses…
Check out this post from Harper’s Bazaar:
By Isabel Edwards-Brown
There’s no shortage of research that show that those who rise early live happier, healthier and more successful lives because of it. But stopping your daily snooze habit is easier said than done, particularly when you’ve made a lifelong habit out of it. Below are six tips that will help get you on your way.
1. Get more sleep
It may be the most obvious tip, but it’s also the most important. If you’re not getting your necessary 7-8 hours sleep a night, you’re never going to be jumping out of bed wide awake and alert in the mornings. The earlier you hit the hay, the earlier you’ll wake up, and if you start clocking up your recommended hours, you’ll find it much easier to avoid hitting the snooze button.
2. Wake up at the same time everyday
… no matter how late you go to sleep. This is a very effective way of resetting your internal clock. While you might struggle on the first few days if you’re going to bed too late, your body will let you know when it’s ready for sleep and eventually, you will stabilise your circadian rhythm and be more in-tune with your body’s needs. When you’re waking up at the same time every morning, it helps you to form a consistent morning routine, too.
3. Stop snoozing
Although you might think you need that extra 10 minutes snooze time, in reality, it’s probably doing you more harm than good. That’s because after you hit snooze and go back to sleep, your brain starts its sleep cycle all over again – and you won’t have time to finish it before your second alarm goes off. This can result in grogginess and poor cognition throughout the day So, not only will skipping the snooze button lead to higher productivity and attention to detail, but you’ll be up earlier in the morning than you would have otherwise been!
4. Get on your feet
One of the easiest (and most hated!) tricks in the book is placing your alarm on the other side of the room. You’ll have to physically get out of bed to turn it off, which is half the struggle in the morning. Head straight to the bathroom to splash water on your face or to the kitchen to turn on your coffee machine – once you’re up and on your feet, you’ll be less inclined to head back to bed.
5. Give yourself something to look forward to
Remember jumping out of bed on Christmas morning? If you’re looking forward to something in the morning, it will give you the extra motivation to get out of bed. Create a routine you can look forward to, whether that’s making a hot cup of coffee, sitting down to a breakfast you love or stretching out your body with some simple yoga sequences – or all of the above! The more you enjoy your mornings, the easier you’ll find it is to wake up.
6. Let the light in
It’s important to keep any artificial light out at night, but waking up to natural light in the morning triggers your internal body clock, signalling to your body that it’s time to wake up. If you need to close your curtains while you sleep to stop street light pouring in, make sure to open up them up as soon as you wake up.
What are your thoughts?
What tips do you have to become a morning person?