There are two types of people: the kinds that have to set themselves 10 different alarms in the morning and the ones that have no problem starting their morning routines at 6am. There are pros and cons to each, of course, but sometimes we don’t always have the luxury of sleeping in. Whether you’re starting a new job that starts a few hours earlier than your old one or you’d just like to delete a few of those alarms, here are some tips on making getting out of bed in the morning a little bit easier.
The truth is, everyone is just wired differently. Morning people can never truly become night owls and vice versa, but there are some tools you can use so you can reach your goal of waking up earlier (or on time).
Keep your alarm clock away from your bed
It’s too easy to keep on hitting snooze when your alarm clock is the phone you keep right beside your head. It’s ok to use your phone, just don’t keep it within arm’s distance of your bed. Put it on the other side of your room so you have to physically get up to turn it off. If you’re willing to spend a bit of money, consider buying an old school alarm clock that you can place at a far distance or one of those mats that you have to stand on for it to turn off.
Let there be light
Nothing gets you up like a bright burst of light, and alternately it’s much easier to stay asleep in a dark room. Keep your blinds/curtains open to let in brightness in the morning, especially in the summer. This is also a great way to naturally wake yourself up.
You don’t have to sign up for tham 6am gym class. You don’t even have to leave your house. Doing some light exercise in the morning will really help to get your blood flowing. It can be as simple as doing some stretches, or as complex as going for a run or doing a workout routine. Whatever is feasible for you, as long as it requires to you do do some movement.
Go to bed early
Easier said than done, especially since you’re probably a night owl if you’re not a morning person. But if you put your mind to it and stick to a schedule, it’s very much possible. Set a time that you want to start getting ready for bed and after that avoid electronics; the blue light from computer and phone screens is known to suppress melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleepiness). Try to relax yourself as much as possible: take a bath, read a book, give yourself a massage.
Choose a breakfast that’s high in protein rather than carbs, as protein will give you energy, increase dopamine levels and promote an overall feeling of being awake whereas carbs will weigh you down and make you feel sleepy. Choose meals with ingredients like eggs, beans, greek yogurt, nut butter, and/or steel cut oats. And of course, a cup of coffee always helps!