All of my life I’ve never really been a morning person—and not for lack of trying. I’ve always wanted to be someone who could get up with the sun and tackle whatever challenges the morning might throw my way. But when it comes down to it, I just love my sleep. So as you can imagine, it was a pretty rude awakening (pun intended) when, after becoming a mama this past summer, I was suddenly thrust into a world of 5am wakeups. Luckily my alarm clock is pretty darn cute, but it’s still taken a while for my body to adjust to this new schedule.
Nevertheless,I succeed.As a resut,I wanted to share a few of the tricks I’ve learned for turning yourself into a morning person.
If you are forced to get out of bed to turn off your alarm, you’ll be less likely to crawl back under the covers. So I suggest setting your alarm clock or phone as far from your bed as possible. Once you turn it off, take a minute to stretch and ease your entire body into an active state.
Let the light shine in
I used to draw my blackout shades every night to allow myself to sleep in past the sunrise. But I realized that if the morning light is telling my body it’s time to get up, it makes sense to just go with it. Our brains are naturally very sensitive to light and temperature, which means you won’t sleep as well after a certain time of morning. Tricking your body into thinking it’s still nighttime may actually be disruptive to your natural sleep cycle.
After a full night’s sleep, you’ve gone several hours without hydrating, which can lead to fatigue. So starting your morning with a nice tall glass of water, lemon water, or herbal tea makes for more than just a pleasant morning ritual. Lauren swears by drinking a big water bottle before each meal (including breakfast) to make sure she is staying hydrated throughout the day.
Have a morning ritual
The best way to transform yourself into a morning person is to make mornings something you look forward to instead of dread. When I used to wake up late and have to rush to make it out the door on time, there was nothing to like about mornings. Now, I have enough time to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a proper breakfast before my workday begins. (Getting to see the sun come up is pretty magical too.) Taking a morning walk around your neighborhood or strolling to your local coffee shop is another great option.
Keep it up
Once you get into the habit of waking up early, try not to break the streak. Obviously it’s OK to give yourself a little bit of a break on the weekend, but if you end up sleeping in until noon it will be much harder to get back into your good habits come Monday. Motivate yourself by signing up for a Saturday morning workout class or making plans with a friend for an early-ish Sunday brunch.
Frankly speaking,I hope those tips help you!