Rise and Shine! Here are 5 Tips on How to Become a Morning Person

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I admit it. I’m usually the person pressing the snooze button multiple times in the morning or have over 5+ alarms to ensure I wake up on time. Ideally, I would like to become a morning person but find myself more of a night owl. However, I find waking up stressed out and in a rush isn’t how I want to start my mornings so I began to develop a routine that allowed me to wake up earlier feeling more refreshed and calm to set the tone for the day. If you need motivation on how to become a morning person, here are my tips to help you.

Develop a Nighttime Routine

Having a nighttime routine is essential in making sure you get enough sleep to start the day. If your routine is watching Netflix until midnight and eating snacks at 2 am, that is going to greatly affect your morning schedule if you need to wake up at early hours. You won't get that energized feeling and will probably develop bad habits that are not good for you. Not having enough sleep or allowing your brain to wind down makes waking up early even harder. Try to sleep earlier whether it be 15 minutes to an hour to gradually allow your body to get used to the new time so you can get your full eight hours of recommended sleep.

Wake Up at the Same Time Each Morning

Once you start developing a morning routine, you have a general sense of what time you should wake up to ensure you get all your tasks done. I find setting an alarm at the same time each morning makes my body get used to knowing what time to wake up and will naturally wake up on its own without the alarm ringing anymore. Weekends tend to be a bit more difficult since I like to sleep in but since my body is already used to waking at a certain on the weekdays, I only sleep in for an additional hour before I am fully awake.

Set an Alarm 30 Minutes to an Hour Earlier

I get it. Waking up is already difficult if you're not a morning person and to set an alarm even earlier is dreadful. However, this will allow you to slowly wake up earlier and get your body up to speed. Eventually, you can set the alarms to 5-15 minutes earlier as you get into your routine. It takes time for your body to develop a routine so allow yourself to have that extra time to get ready and snooze until you're ready.

Put your Alarm in Another Location Besides Next to You

I find it so easy to just hit the snooze button and go to sleep for a few more minutes when it is right next to me and within arm's reach. Instead of putting your phone on the nightstand, try putting it on your desk across the room or in your closet so you can still hear it but you will have to get up in order to turn it off. This step really helps since it tricks your mind into thinking that since you are already up, might as well start your day and get going.

Plan Something to Look Forward to Each Day

The night before, I always plan out what is going to happen the next day and create lists to keep me organized. To practice mindfulness, I also add a section for something that I am looking forward to tomorrow. This gets me excited for the next day and gives me something to look forward to and jump out of bed sooner. There is always something exciting happening in a day so try using that method as your motivation.

It might be difficult to get started and get your body to adapt to waking up earlier but once you start getting into a routine, you find the perks of being a morning person is beneficial for your mental and physical health. Give these tips a try and see if it makes any changes to your lifestyle.

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