Tips on how to become a morning person
Do you have a friend that boasts about how they’ve been to the gym, taken their dog for a walk, meditated, had a healthy breakfast and manages to somehow look fresh-faced, all before 8am?
Have you wondered how you can gather the energy to be like them, whilst yawning into your morning cappuccino and wondering how they manage it all?
If you’re the type to set several alarms and hit snooze quicker than you can say ‘morning person’, then our top tips will help you on your way to becoming a morning person.
Are you a night owl?
Some people love to rise early, whilst others tend to spend time late at night browsing their mobile or watching a film. We’re all active at different times of the day so it all depends on when you’re feeling most energised. The trick is to get 7-8 hours of consecutive sleep – no matter when this happens, you can shift the time you go to bed slightly earlier each week to be able to rise earlier.
Do you want to be more productive?
If you’re wanting to wake up earlier to be productive, then it’s still vital to get your full sleep so that you can function well for the rest of the day. Morning people get the same amount of sleep as late risers do usually, only they tend to sleep earlier so they feel wide awake as soon as daylight hits.
There is no instant cure to become a morning person, but you could start by following these tips:
Get ready for an early night
Sometimes this is easier said than done, but you need to relax and wind down ready for bed so that you can sleep soundly. Getting adequate rest the night before is important if you want to be productive, so give these simple practises a go:
- Dim the lights – this increases melatonin, the hormone which helps induce sleep
- Shut down devices at least one hour before bed time
- Cut down on caffeine, alcohol and nicotine three hours before bedtime
- Some studies state that milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps you produce serotonin and melatonin, hormones that help you to sleep.
Find a morning routine
Write a routine down on paper if it helps. First it will seem challenging but as time goes on, you’ll find yourself enjoying the feeling of accomplishment. The key is to find things that energise you and make you feel happy – so if this is exercise, then do an exercise routine in the morning. Prepare your gym clothes the night before to help you get out of the house quicker. Maybe you enjoy making a healthy breakfast, so you’ll want to plan and take time to prepare that. Plan your morning in a way that will entice you to get out of bed rather than feeling like it is a pain.
Keep a journal or planner
Organised morning people often have a to-do list and prefer to write down thoughts and feelings in a journal. Maybe you can start off by simply writing 3 things you are grateful for from your day. Writing your thoughts allows you to offload any stresses you are feeling onto paper and also is said to be a relaxing activity. Settle down on your natural Ely mattress and offload any troubles, wishes, dreams and hopes so that you can drift into sleep land a lot easier.
Download some sleep apps
You can find apps that remind you when to sleep and ones that monitor how well you sleep as well. Sleep apps can do everything from tracking your sleep patterns to helping you relax so you can fall asleep easily.
Our favourites include:
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock – The Sleep Cycle Alarm app records your sleep habits and using the sleep cycle theory; the alarm wakes you during light sleep.
- Relax Melodies – Relax Melodies allows you to combine sounds and melodies with guided meditation and brainwave beats to help you unwind and ease into sleep.
- Calm – Especially the sleep stories section which has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices.
Sleep on the right mattress
Getting the perfect sleep, one that makes you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new day is important to your health and well-being.
We have created the perfect natural mattress that contours to your body shape, allowing you to feel great each morning.
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