Have you ever had one of those days where you’ve decided to wake up at 6am and then when the time comes, you quickly turn your alarm off and head back to sleep? Us too. Studies show that being a morning person can increase your productivity levels and overall health. Successful people like Richard Branson, Michelle Obama and Mark Zuckerberg are known for being early risers.
When we think about waking up early, we think about how tired we’ll be, but waking up early doesn’t necessarily mean getting less hours of sleep in. Are you a morning person or a night owl? This can partially be because of your genetics but with a few little tweaks and adjustments to your lifestyle, becoming a morning person can be easy if you put your mind to it!
Read our tips below:
1. Turn off all electrical devices an hour before going to sleep
The brightness from the screens of your phone/laptop/TV can make it harder for us to get to sleep at night. The bright lights stop our brains from releasing melatonin – the hormone, which helps our sleep/wake cycles. Instead of checking apps/social media on your phone, try and read a book or do something that doesn’t involve looking at a screen.
2. Go to bed an hour earlier each night
If you’re new to this whole getting up early thing, start off with baby steps. Instead of going to bed past midnight, try to go to sleep at 11pm one night, and 10pm the next and etc. You’ll slowly get yourself into a routine and your body will adjust.
3. Get enough sleep and avoid hitting the snooze button
Adults should get around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. On those days where you feel like hitting the snooze button it might mean you’re not getting enough hours in. There are so many helpful apps that can track your sleeping patterns and the number of hours of sleep you get per night. Sleepcalculator.com is also a handy tool as it tells you what time you should be waking up based on the time you go to sleep.
4. Plan something fun in the morning
Be excited and look forward to jumping out of bed early! Try booking a new gym class, going out for a meal, catching up with friends, or making yourself a yummy breakfast at home.
5. Come up with a routine
Be organised and write up a schedule to get your body into the habit of sleeping and waking up early. We like to get everything ready for the next day the night before, then end the day with a nice hot shower and a cup of chamomile tea while reading a book.
6. Don't over-nap
If you take long naps during the day, it may make it harder to get to sleep at night. If you do need a little energy boost, have a 15minute power nap (no longer!) or keep on top of those water levels throughout the day!
7. Reward yourself
It’s important to reward yourself for accomplishing a new goal otherwise, let’s face it, there’s no point in doing it – Buy yourself a bunch of flowers or a bottle/glass of wine. Getting out of your warm, comfy bed requires a lot of effort.
Why not challenge yourself and try a week of waking up early? Let us know how you go!