The ABC Of Becoming A Morning Person

Does the thought of getting up even five minutes earlier than absolutely necessary have you running for your duvet? You’re not alone. Becoming a morning person is something many of us believe is a pipe dream. A lofty aspiration that will always be trumped by our love of sleep.

While those crazy morning people go for runs, meditate and tick off to-do lists that for the rest of us can wait till our alarm bosses us out of bed, thank you very much.

That extra time in bed may feel scrummy, though getting up that little bit earlier could do wonders for your health, self-esteem and even your bank balance. And despite what you may think, becoming a morning person is not as hard as it seems. With these easy tips and a bit of effort you too could join the elite morning club. Pour a coffee and let’s get to it.

How to adjust your circadian rhythm

If you are a hand on your heart, not a natural morning person, don’t be too hard on yourself. Some of us have chronotypes that are simply not wired to wake up early. This is what causes the great ‘early bird’ and ‘night owl’ divide. The good news is that there are other factors that can influence your sleep/wake cycle and with a little effort you can naturally adjust your sleep habits to become a morning person. 

Your circadian rhythm plays a big role when you feel sleepy and tired. This can be affected by light exposure and a hormone called melatonin which the body naturally produces in cool, dark environments.

In order to make the adjustments you need to wake up earlier, it’s important to start taking a holistic look at your day and set up a consistent bedtime routine. This is far more relaxing than it sounds. Let’s look at some bedtime basics!

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What are the bedtime basics that make a morning  person

If you want to become a morning person, taking care of your bedtime routine is a top priority. We live in a world that encourages us to work later, scroll screens till we can’t keep our eyes open and not give ourselves the rest we need to thrive. Give yourself an ‘unwind’ time after which you only do restorative activities. Think cooking a nice meal, watching a movie, or chatting with a friend.

This will allow your mind to slow down. Avoiding blue light at least two hours before bed will signal to your brain it’s time to switch off. Enjoying a warm bath or hot shower will help your temperature drop, encouraging the production of melatonin that will make you sleepy.

Make sure your bedroom is nice and cool. Choosing naturally thermo-regulating bedding will prevent overheating that can cause you to toss and turn throughout the night.

A gentle eye mask can also be used to block out any sneaky light. Try to leave your phone, responsibilities and worries outside the door. The deeper you sleep the easier it will be to bounce out of bed before the alarm clock in the morning.

How to use your extra time to become a morning person

To become a morning person, it’s best to use the ‘carrot over stick’ approach. Instead of forcing yourself to do something tedious when you wake up like cleaning the oven (yawn!) Do something you will enjoy. It could be a morning workout, spending some time on that great novel idea or simply watching the sunrise with your dog! How you use that extra time in the morning can make a big difference in whether you stick to getting up earlier. Take some time to think about what would enrich your life by spending more time doing. We are all different when it comes to what brings us joy, make it something worth getting out of bed for.

Whatever you choose to do, cherish it. This is where the benefits for your health and wellbeing can really be felt. Giving yourself some quality ‘ you time ’ while the night owls sleep can set you up for a far more productive, happier day.

The Take-Away

Making changes to our lifestyles can be hard and can take time, try to be patient with yourself and don’t worry if you miss the alarm a few times. With these simple tips, you will soon be on your way to joining that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning club. And whether it’s a beautiful sunrise or morning run, every extra minute will be worth it!

Sweet Dreams!