Some people are able to jump out of bed feeling great and ready to greet the day. However, many others fall into the alarm-snoozing, morning-haters category who drag themselves to coffee pot most mornings. If you are wondering how to get up early in the morning, we are here to help. Try these easy tips to help you become a morning person.
Create a Routine to Get More Sleep
One of the easiest ways to become a morning person is to get more sleep, which is often easier said than done. Creating a routine you can stick to can help your body rest better and feel more awake when you wake up. Harvard Medical Center sleep experts recommend the following for creating a healthy sleep routine and getting a good night’s sleep:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Doing so will create a consistent sleep cycle.
- Have a routine for winding down at the end of the day before going to bed. This can help you relax and sleep more soundly. Need some ideas on what to do before bed? Consider trying some of these asanas for better sleep.)
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine will keep you awake, and while alcohol may initially help you sleep faster, it reduces REM sleep and contributes to a less-restful sleep.
- Have a comfortable sleep environment to help you stay asleep. Consider getting darker curtains to block light and a noise machine or other sound cancelling option if your room gets a lot of noise pollution. Investing in a quality mattress and comfortable pillow will also benefit your sleep for years to come!
- Exercise often. The rise and fall of your body temperature during and after exercise promotes falling asleep.
- Stay off your phone and other electronics because they suppress melatonin, keep your brain awake, and can wake you up in the middle of the night.
Get Creative With Alarm Clocks
If you are the type who sets ten alarms and snoozes each of them, you may need to change your alarm clock. Instead of keeping your phone or alarm right next to your bed, try moving it across the room so you need to get out of bed to turn it off. If you know that strategy will not work for you, try some of these creative alarm clock options:
- The Philips Wake-Up Light, which simulates the sun and brightens up your room in the morning, even during winter darkness
- The iLuv SmartShaker alarm, which not only makes noise but will also lightly shake your bed to wake you up
- The Dumbbell Alarm Clock Shape Lift Up, which will wake you up and help you build arm strength because it will not shut off until do have done 30 reps
Plan Something to Look Forward to
Another approach to getting up early in the morning is to plan something to look forward to early in the day: give yourself time to make a healthy breakfast, catch up with a friend before a workout, make time to grab a drink from your favorite coffee shop, or any other activity you look forward to. Additionally, planning early-morning activities with other people can keep you more accountable for waking up than if you were to plan solo-activities.
You may also approach becoming a morning person as a way to free up time in your afternoon: if you wake up earlier, can you do daily to-dos in the morning to free up time in your afternoon?
If you are not currently a morning person, it does not mean you cannot become one. To get better sleep in hopes of getting up earlier in the morning, give this Simple Yoga Routine to Sleep a try!