If you are on intimate terms with the snooze button and you can’t form a coherent thought until you’ve had a pot of coffee, you might not be a morning person.
But you can be.
Believe it or not, you can go from a night owl to an early bird with a few simple adjustments.
When you’re ready to start your day without a coffee infusion, try these five steps. They’ll help you become a morning person in no time!
1. Change Your Alarm
In the past, the annoying sound of an alarm was a necessary evil for a productive day.
But waking up from a perfect dream to a blaring beep, beep, beep isn’t a requirement anymore.
With a smart alarm clock, you can easily become a morning person. The newest smart clocks are designed to help you wake up earlier by easing you into an awakened state.
Each one has different features, but you can shop around to find one that works for you.
Some common features include:
- Alarm clocks that actually move around the room so you can’t hit the snooze button
- Apps that play a different song from your playlist every day, keeping you from becoming desensitized to your morning wake-up call. (There’s nothing like AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blasting unexpectedly to get the juices pumping!)
- Apps on your phone that analyze your sleep patterns to wake you up at the optimal time
- Light-up alarms that simulate a sunrise and wake you gradually with light and sound
With all of these options, there’s no need to put up with the blaring annoyance of old-school alarm clocks. You can find an effective way to wake up in the morning without extreme irritation.
2. Get a Morning Routine
Think about how easy it is to wake up and get out of bed when you’re looking forward to something. Even if you have to get up before the crack of dawn, you do so with excitement.
The best way to become a morning person is to set a routine that gives you the same feeling.
Create a process that you enjoy doing. Try to start your day with things that make you feel good. That way, waking up won’t feel like a chore.
Go ahead and give it a try. Start by adding one small thing into your morning each week.
For instance, if you want to exercise or read more but can never find the time, start doing it in the morning. Get up fifteen minutes earlier than usual with the sole intent of doing that activity.
Then, start waking up earlier each week, adding a new activity into your routine every time. Before long, you’ll be a morning person who spends an abundance of time on things you enjoy!
3. Turn Your Phone Off Well Before Bedtime
A lot of people stare at their phones until the moment they fall asleep. This is a dangerous trend in today’s society. As common as this habit is, it’s unhealthy for your mind and body.
Scientific studies show that looking at a screen right before going to sleep prevents the brain from truly resting. It affects our sleep patterns, our eyesight, and our posture. But we do it anyway.
As a morning-person-in-training, it’s time to quit this habit cold turkey. Turn off all your screens, including TVs and laptops, and give your body a few minutes to relax before going to sleep.
At first, it might feel a bit uncomfortable. But if you commit to it, you’ll find that you missed those sheep you used to count!
4. Get Up and Out of Bed
Here’s the hard truth:
Whether you get up quickly or hit your snooze button three times, you’re still going to be dragging yourself out of bed.
Like a pool full of cold water, the best way to do it is to jump in headfirst (or in this case, out of bed feet-first).
Don’t hit snooze. Pop out of bed and get moving.
Go to the bathroom or the kitchen, but do not go back to bed. Keep the momentum going with your morning routine.
5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Oftentimes, people who rush through their mornings end up skipping breakfast. Although you do it to get to your day faster, it’s detrimental to your productivity.
A good breakfast can carry your mind and body through a long day. Skipping breakfast has the opposite effect. It makes you hungry, sleepy, and irritable long before bedtime is on the horizon.
As a morning person, you will have time to enjoy a somewhat leisurely breakfast as you peruse your reading material.
Contrary to popular belief, most morning people aren’t born that way. It’s a skill they have cultivated and honed over the years, and it’s one that you can learn, too.
Don’t let the fear of leaving your cozy cocoon stop you from trying something new. By employing these tips, you’ll start to look forward to waking up each morning!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Business Manager at Elements 616. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in making Elements 616 a place that everyone loves to call home.