Find yourself hitting snooze far too frequently, lacking in energy to even drag yourself out of bed, finding yourself hating everything and everyone first thing in the morning?
Some of us simply arenâ€™t morning people. Thatâ€™s ok, but when life dictates you must do this or that and be there at a certain time, being a night owl is a bit problematic. So, if youâ€™re finding your morning routine more and more difficult, there are ways you can mimic and even become a morning lark. We show you how.
Get up at the same time everyday
Weâ€™re creatures of habit and when we get into a routine, everything seems that little bit easier. And this is true of the time you get up. If the time you wake up and get up fluctuates, a simple way to be more of a morning person is to ensure that you get up at the same time everyday regardless of what you have planned.Â Itâ€™ll help to adjust your body clock and youâ€™ll find soon enough that youâ€™ll stir around the same time everyday with or without an alarm.
Sadly though, if youâ€™re truly transitioning into a morning person, this is something youâ€™re going to have to do every single day, even on weekends and holidays. Falling out of your routine, even for a single day, will have you straight back to square one.
Additionally, you may find it beneficial to go to bed at the same time everyday too. Better understanding the process of sleep, the optimum time to go to bed and how you can do that will all help you becoming more of a morning person.
Going to bed flustered, stressed or with an overactive brain it isnâ€™t going to be conducive to sleep. If you canâ€™t sleep or donâ€™t get enough sleep, you simply wonâ€™t want to or might not be able to get up in the morning.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get settled and rested before you want to go to sleep. Having a bath, reading a book, listening to relaxing music are just some of the effective techniques to help you relax before bed. If youâ€™ve got a lot on your mind, jot them down on a notepad with an aim to pick it up in the morning. The chances are you wonâ€™t be able to do any of it before sleep anyway. Itâ€™s a therapeutic exercise in extracting the information from your brain as youâ€™re effectively transferring the data.
If it takes you a while to get going in the morning, prepping the night before is an effective technique to help you be more of a morning person. As you can make a lot of decisions for the next day, the night before.
If you need to wash your hair, wash and dry it the night before so all youâ€™ll need to do is brush or style it the next day, saving you a significant amount of time.
Check the weather report for the following day and prepare an outfit appropriate for it, hung in the bathroom ready for when you get out the shower.
Make your lunch, prepare your snacks and bag the evening before so you can grab and go.
You can also prepare breakfast in advance too with our bircher muesli recipe.
Incorporate a workout into your morning routine, even if it is only 10 minutes long. A simple stretch routine can really help to energise you as it lengthens out the muscles, elevate your heart rate and get the blood pumping and moving around the body. Youâ€™re also sure to feel a lot better for it after a long rest.
If you find the alarm startling, there are different apps that can gently wake you by either raising the volume over a period of time or even allowing the alarm to go off around the time you need to get up when youâ€™re in your lightest sleeping phase. Additionally, there are alarm clocks that help mimic morning light to help wake you softly in this way.