How to Become a Morning Person

How to Become a Morning Person

Now that you know it is to your advantage to become a morning person and that developing a morning ritual or routine is the best way to make the most out of your mornings – the question probably nagging at the back of your head is: How do I become a morning person?

As a night owl, it may seem difficult, to turn your body clock around and become a morning person. But if you are really serious about reaping the benefits of becoming a morning person, then with enough willpower and determination you can certainly become a morning person. All it takes is some practice and patience plus following the tips outlined below.

Tip #1: Get more sleep.

The trick to getting up early is getting enough sleep. Aim for 7 hours of sleep at the minimum. Go to bed early so that your body will be well rested by the time your alarm goes off. Pretty soon, you won't need an alarm as your body will be able to wake up on its own.

The best way to accomplish this is to plan your day such that you have adequate time to sleep at night. Make sure you are able to accomplish your tasks before bedtime so that when sleep comes calling in, you are prepared and no longer stressing out about some unfinished task for the day. Likewise, make sure you get enough rest at night without you feeling fatigued the next day. Factor in pre-bed routines in your schedule as well.

Tip #2: Make changes in increments.

Do not shock your system by aiming to wake up an hour earlier than usual. This is a surefire way to make you end up feeling tired and give up. It won't work in the long run. Instead, adjust your bedtime and wake time in gradual increments of 15 minutes. If your aim is to wake up an hour earlier, then for the next 4 days, adjust your sleep time and wake time by 15 minutes earlier.

Tip #3: Keep your bedroom dark and optimized for sleeping.

Night owls major dilemma is sleeping early or getting enough sleep. A dark room helps facilitate sleep. Even if it is fully dark outside, you may still want to invest in light-blocking blinds to keep the light from intruding in your bedroom. In today's modern world, it is never really dark outside – street lamps, your neighbor's outdoor lights, headlights of passing cars, etc. all contribute to artificial light that may filter through your windows and hinder you from having a restful sleep. If external light cannot really be minimized, you can also try using eye masks and in case of external noise, ear plugs might prove helpful.

Your bedroom should also be optimized for the proper temperature conducive to sleeping. This could be a cool temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Your bed must also be cozy and comfortable and your space must be clean and free from clutter.

Tip #4: Turn off your gadgets.

TV, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets emit an electronic blue light that excites rather than calm you. The exposure to light at night impairs natural melatonin production resulting in delayed drowsiness. Gadgets also often intrude into your sleep pattern and keeping them near your bed at night will certainly aid in waking you up rather than sending you to sleep. This is especially true for phones which receives notifications in the dead of the night. Try to keep your gadgets outside the bedroom and come bedtime be disciplined enough to sleep without them.

If you can, detach from your electronic gadgets 60 minutes before bed and instead try reading, listening to music or an audiobook, writing in a journal, having a warm bath or stretching to wind down your evening.

Tip #5: Go to bed when you are tired.

If you try to go to bed when you're still full of energy, then you will end up frustrated. You will toss and turn and end up anxious and irritated. When you start waking up earlier, you will get tired earlier and fall into the right sleeping patterns. It will take time but the effort will be worth it.

Tip #6: Sleep faster by using visualization.

Clearing your mind and relaxing can help you fall asleep faster. One good way to do this is by visualization which is found to be more effective than counting or simply lying down.

Imagine yourself in a relaxing and calming scene and try to experience as much detail as possible with all your senses. It can be a walk down the beach during sunset or a stroll across a calm forest. Soon, you'll find yourself snoozing off to dreamland.

Tip #7: Forget the snooze button.

Delaying getting out of bed when you are awake will actually make you more tired. Just get up and start the day already. Your body will thank you for it. Remember, conquer the inner voice that tells you to sleep for a few more minutes and you will feel elated over that small victory during the rest of the day.

If you have developed stealth alarm snooze skills, you may need to be more creative in avoiding the snooze button altogether. You can put your alarm clock away from your bed so you have to get up to turn it off and you can even place obstacles along the way so that by the time you get to your alarm clock, you are already wide awake. You can also download creative alarm apps that forces you to solve a problem or perform complex tasks before you can turn off your alarm. This will certainly wake up your brain and get you going in the morning.

Tip #8: Get moving as soon as you're up.

When you get up, wash your face and drink a glass of water. This will instantly help you feel awake. A big glass of cold water (and for some people warm water with lemon) can help you recover from nighttime dehydration. Start your morning routine. Start exercising, eating and preparing for your day. You're out of bed so get moving and resist the urge to lag through the day.

Tip #9: Work out in the mornings.

We are usually at our laziest during mornings when our bodies are just waking up. By working out, we are actually sending signals for our bodies to wake up. It might be tiring at first but after the workout, you will start feeling refreshed and excited. If you work out at night, you may end up overexcited to actually fall asleep.

Tip #10: Find natural light in the mornings.

Natural light energizes us. It keeps our body alive and incorporating some sunshine into your morning routine may prove beneficial in the long run. Besides, natural light is a good source of Vitamin D. Even if it's just 15 minutes to bask in the warm sunshine, it will come a long way to waking you up.

Tip #11: Use energy-boosting aromatherapy.

Scents have a good way of boosting our energies in the morning. If you are a coffee-drinker, you can put on a pot and enjoy the aroma. Other great wakeup scents are orange, lemon, mint and rosemary.

Tip #12: Make mornings stress-free and simple.

If your morning routine is so complicated and makes you want to remain under the covers, then you are doing it all wrong. Your morning routine should be something you want to look forward to.

Lay out your outfit at night so you don't have to do it in the morning. Have a quick and easy-to-prepare breakfast. Confine less enticing activities at night to make sure your mornings are smooth sailing.

Tip #13: Watch what you consume in the afternoon.

Since you are adjusting your bedtime to an earlier time, you need to watch what you intake during the afternoons. A late afternoon coffee fix might be detrimental to sleeping early since caffeine typically affects our bodies for several hours. Confine any caffeinated drink and stimulants to the morning hours. This includes coffee, caffeinated tea, dark chocolate, sugar, and diet/slimming supplements. Eating anything spicy, greasy or heavy close to bed can also affect your efforts to sleep earlier.

Tip #14: Get up at the same time every day.

You are establishing a pattern that you want your body to follow. By getting up at the same time each morning and sleeping at the same time each night you are telling your body that this is the pattern you want to naturally follow. Do not break your pattern during the weekends as it will set back your hard work. Even if you are not doing anything in particular over the weekends, wake up early and keep your morning routine. This will help you feel more relaxed, less rushed and you will discover you have time to do the things you ultimately want to do.

Tip #15: Motivate yourself – define your why.

Waking up early is not an easy task. You need to constantly motivate yourself by defining your reason why you are doing this. One way would be to have something to look forward to each day that excites us.

Remember when you have to go on a vacation and you feel so excited you don't need an alarm to wake you up early in the morning? Try to recreate the feeling every day and you will find that it's easier to wake up early every morning.

You can also put motivations in your smartphones or around your bed to affirm why you are getting out of bed early.

Anyone can become a morning person. There's just too much happening in our lives that we risk missing out if we spend more time sleeping than being awake. This list of tips is not exhaustive and you may find that there are other things that can work for you. Just be open to exploring what your body needs and what will ultimately work for you.

Remember that consistency is the key. Becoming a morning person is not an overnight sensation. It will take hard work and determination on your part to be able to turn around your morning habits. But the prize at the end is well worth all your hard work.