6 Steps to help you become the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed early morning riser you have always wanted to be
This blog was written with information from and inspired by Lissa Coffey (spokeswoman for the Better Sleep Council)
At the first inkling of morning, are you charged up and ready to jump out of bed? Or are you more likely to hit snooze and pull the covers back over your head? Even when we are getting enough sleep, and waking up before our alarm clock goes off, it can still sometimes be a struggle. Here are some tips to getting your day started with a little extra pep in your step:
Get Up Early:
- Light is a cue for us to awaken, so open the curtains and raise the blinds to help your body awaken naturally with the light. Some folks choose to use blinds with a remote control so they can let the morning sun in even before getting out of bed. Try not to fall prey to the temptation of hitting “snooze” and falling back asleep which can actually cause you to wake up groggy instead of more refreshed. If you use an alarm, place it across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Don’t start checking messages, emails, or the news first thing.
Have a morning ritual:
I have found this to be vital to becoming a morning person myself! Mornings are for mindfulness and routine. Make your bed right away, drink water, and start the routine that makes you feel energized and your best. If you eat breakfast, savor every bite. If you read in the morning, start with some inspiration or motivation to get your day off to a good note. I also take time to exercise, walk my dog, plan my day and think about the tasks I have to get accomplished, journal a bit, and listen to positive music or a podcast on my way into work to help get my off on the right foot.
Take care of yourself:
Take a walk in the morning sun and get yourself some Vitamin D at the same time. If you are like me and lucky enough to have a dog to walk, you will also get a boost of happy along with a good companion and entertainment. Use the morning to stretch, meditate, and set a good tone for your day ahead.
Anything you can do the night before to help make your morning easier and smoother helps you save time the next day and reduces stress and rushing. If I fail to plan my outfit, meals, and what I need to bring with me for the day the night prior, I inevitably end up standing in my closet staring at the abyss of confusing clothing and in general, trying to make too many decisions.
Mornings are for inspiration and getting things accomplished. If you refocus your morning to get things done and get yourself into gear, you may find yourself enjoying them! Sign up for morning classes at the gym, join a club that holds breakfast meetings, or schedule a coffee date with a friend.
Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary
The true key to waking up well is to sleep well. If you want to be an early bird, you have to have good habits in the evening to prepare for a good morning the next day. Stick with your sleep routine and implement good sleep habits. An investment in your sleep is an investment in your health! Make sure you have a good mattress, supportive yet comfortable pillows, and an inviting bedroom with cool temperatures, no light coming in, and a noise machine or fan if needed.
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise!”
Let us know if any of these tips worked for you!