Are you an early bird or a night owl? Both have their advantages, but the advantages of being a morning person seem to have more than those of a night owl. People who wake up earlier are frequently more optimistic, proactive, healthier and less stressed.
If you’re a night person, you know you’re lucky if you have the energy to reach for a cup of coffee. Mornings may be rough for some of us, but hold off on sleeping in. There are perks to waking up with the sun. Here are some tips to make it easier to become a morning person:
- Sleep at the same time every night, wake up at the same time every morning.
The first step in becoming a morning person is having a set time for waking up and going to bed. If your sleep is standardized for seven to eight hours, catching up on sleep wouldn’t be necessary. Even on your days off, if you wake up at your designated time, get your morning errands out of the way, and go for a nap in the mid-early afternoon, you’ll still be productive while treating yourself for the weekend.
- Change your bedroom environment.
Keep your TV, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets out of your bedroom. A dark room helps smooth the progress of sleep, even if you are going to bed before it’s fully dark outside. As tempting as it can be to watch TV and fall asleep during your favorite show, it doesn’t make a restful sleep.
- Embrace the sun.
Natural sunlight is healthy for you and will wake your body up in a more enjoyable way. Go ahead and throw up open those curtains. A sunny day is bound to wake everyone up with a smile!
- Once you are up, get moving.
We usually make the mistake of getting up, and going back to bed. To be morning person, you have to start moving. Take a walk. Go find the sun. Get outside each day for at least 15 minutes to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy fresh air. As soon as you get up, wash your face and grab a glass of water. That will help you to feel awake, and you can start exercising, eating, or preparing for your day.
- Make the morning about you.
All in all, the key to becoming a morning person is to make the morning about you. When you eat a healthy breakfast, go to the gym, get eight hours of sleep every night, you are making an investment in yourself for a successful morning and a healthy life.
Remember, before making huge lifestyle changes, such as opting to become a morning person, it’s important to have a plan of action before you jump right in to your new lifestyle. It won’t be easy to make the change from night owl to early bird, but once you do the rewards will be worth it.