Recently, I had a revelation. What’s the easiest way that I can fit as much as possible into my day? Wake up earlier. But I, like many, have never been a morning person. In an effort to become a more productive person, I made the decision to attempt to adjust my night owl lifestyle and wake up earlier every day.
If you’re a night owl looking to make a change, here are some helpful tips that will make getting up earlier easier to do.
Go to Bed Earlier.
For adults, 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended. If you’re not ready to give that up, you’re going to have to tuck in earlier. Obviously. And being able to fall into a deep sleep by 10 PM isn’t going to happen overnight.
But, if you try to stick to somewhat of a schedule each night, falling asleep earlier will get easier in time. Eventually, your body will adjust to its new schedule, and you’ll begin to feel ready for bed earlier in the evening. Once you’re accustomed to falling asleep earlier, waking up at your preferred time each morning will be a breeze.
Quit Hitting Snooze.
Getting up early won’t be any easier if you hit the snooze button on your alarm 45 times. Believe it or not, hitting snooze actually makes waking up more difficult. And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When it’s time to wake up, you’re nearly at the end of your sleep cycle. Because of this, you’re no longer in a state of deep sleep.
As much as you think that extra 8, 9, or 10 minutes will benefit you, it’s actually more likely to make you feel like a groggy pile of garbage. If you want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day, don’t hit snooze.
Get Your Endorphins in Early.
If you’re just barely pulling yourself out of bed in the morning, the thought of exercising when you wake up probably seems like an impossible feat. And sure, the first few days are going to totally blow. But once your body has adjusted to this new strategy, you’ll feel energized, alert, and ready to tackle morning tasks with ease.
Thanks to the endorphins, you’ll feel happier, too!
Find Something to Look Forward To.
Having something to look forward to each day makes mornings a whole lot easier to manage. Morning people are typically happier, right? If you want to become a morning person and have happier days, make sure that you have things to look forward to.
It can be as simple as a delicious cup of coffee at your favorite cafe. Whatever it is, if you have something you can look forward to, getting out of bed earlier (and maintaining a positive attitude whilst doing so) will be a whole lot easier.
Implement Changes Gradually.
Whether you’re trying to become a morning person or quit sugar, it’s important to implement these types of lifestyle changes gradually. Doing so will ensure that they stick and that you can reap the rewards of your improved lifestyle for an extended period of time.
Try These Tips to Become a Morning Person
Making the transformation from a night owl to a morning person doesn’t have to be a totally dreadful experience. Thanks to these simple steps, you’ll be waking up earlier (and with a better attitude!) in no time. All you need to do now is tackle that To-Do list!