The early bird definitely gets the worm! As a fellow snoozer in the past, becoming a morning person I can testify to the benefits of becoming a morning person. Rising earlier has been the single best thing I’ve done for myself over the years. There is something magical about watching the world wake up, getting a workout in before the coffee shops even open, and starting the day with natural light.
My mornings are scared me-time.
This article is packed with tips to help you become a morning person, and once you are able to start waking up earlier, the way you spend your time is yours. Maybe you want an extra hour every morning to start a personal side business you've been dreaming about. Maybe you want a peaceful time to enjoy a cup of coffee, completely alone. Life is hectic, and we are constantly being pulled in opposite directions. The morning is the perfect time to catch up with yourself.
Here's some practices to start implementing - do all of them or one at a time, either way, you'll find after a week or two, your body will adapt and you'll come to love waking up earlier!
The Night Before
Of course, it seems silly from the outset, but if you’ve ever met Mr Snooze Button, the odds are that you would not only love more sleep, but you need more sleep.
7-9 hours of sleep is imperative for our health and provides a starting line, both literally and figuratively, from which we operate from day to day.
Think of daily activities and habits as dominos and your day is a stack of dominos ready to be toppled. Sleep is, and always will be, your first domino, and it’s going to topple the others (everything else you do during the day) with either a positive or negative flow on affect. Each domino is affected by the one that precedes it, and right at the beginning is your sleep, thus everything you do, feel, and experience throughout the day will be directly impacted by your quality and length of sleep.
Harvard Health research has found that getting a healthy dose of sleep on a regular basis is linked to:
Put the iPad, TV, and cell phone to sleep before you hit the hay. The blue light can really mess up your circadian rhythms, so swap out the tech for a good book or hot bath.
It’s hard to sleep when you have a lot on your mind. If you have any thoughts before bed, write them down. Set up your outfit, pack your bag, and plan breakfast for the next day so that you don’t have to think about anything when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Decorate your room so that it is calm and relaxing. Lavender essential oils, comfy bedding, and dark lighting will help you get a great night’s sleep.
This is like a little brain trick. Bribe yourself with something to look forward to! What is your motivation for getting up earlier? Is it to get things done before the rest of the household wakes up? Getting to the gym before work? Identify your inspiration and then remind yourself of it every night before you go to bed.
Alcohol disrupts the amount of REM sleep we get in the night time. REM sleep is our deepest form of sleep.
In the Morning
Hyrdate your cells first thing with some good ol’ H2O. After sleep, proper hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your health. As well as hydration, water helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and helps your body function optimally. If you are not properly hydrated, body processes do not work as efficiently.
The morning is the perfect time to slip a workout in and jumpstart your day! A workout outside is ideal, but if you’re more of a gym rat then enjoy the quieter
Make your sleeping schedule a routine so that your body can get used to it. We’re creatures of habit and your body will appreciate the consistency of waking up at the same time each day.
I live by the motto, "win the morning, win the day!" Breaking up the day like this is more likely to increase your feeling of success and accomplishment in the long term, as you can just imagine what your week, month, year, DECADE, would look like if you focussed on just winning the morning!