How to Become a Morning Person
5 Steps To Waking Up Earlier
We’ve all heard the saying “the early bird gets the worm” countless times. Probably too many. We’ve also read Ben Franklin’s timeless advice of rising early to become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. Sure, it may have been easy for Ben to get up and get going (maybe beds were just less comfortable in the 18th century?), but most of us struggle to rise and shine, especially when attempting to establish a new routine.
While there are many benefits to getting up early, just hearing about the morning habits of one of our founding fathers (and those of numerous celebrities and CEOs) doesn’t make it any easier to actually kick off the blankets and get out of bed before the sun comes up.
Whether you’re wanting that extra time to make healthy breakfasts, are hoping to get in a quick meditation, or looking to work out before the sun rises (our personal recommendation to start the day!), here are 5 tips to help get you going and kick the day off right.
<h2> 5. Start Off Easy
Let’s say you’re used to getting up every morning at 7 a.m. If you suddenly try waking up two hours earlier, you’re setting yourself up for a rough day. Your mind and body aren’t going to be used to such a drastic change in your routine. Before long, you may end up convincing yourself that you’re just not a morning person and call it quits.
Instead, try starting off by getting up 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Even just 5 minutes if it helps. The idea is to build confidence at the outset. Sure, your workout might initially be shorter than what your ultimate goal is, but you’re going to be setting yourself up for a greater chance at lasting success. That’s what’s important.
Let your body slowly get adjusted to the the idea of getting up sooner. Then if you’d like to add on another 15 or 30 minutes to your new morning routine, there will be much less of a struggle to make it happen.
<h2> 4. Go to Bed Earlier
Okay, so this one likely sounds obvious, but it’s still important to keep in mind when establishing a new morning routine! When deciding to get up earlier, the goal shouldn’t be to sleep less. You’ll just end up cheating yourself out of some much needed relaxation and recovery. Instead, take a look at your nighttime habits to see what you can do differently to succeed in the a.m.
For example, maybe you enjoy winding down your night by binge-watching your favorite show. No judgment here! But try cutting back on one (to start!) and instead use that time to go to to bed earlier. You won’t be missing out on the time you’re actually awake, you’re merely shifting your priorities and focusing on how to best approach your goals.
In the long-term, what’s going to feel better, that sixth episode of Friends or an extra 30 minutes in the gym? Could you be anymore active? You sure can!
<h2> 3. Don’t Hit Snooze!
Ahhhh the snooze button, one of mankind’s greatest creations. Or is it?
While some may view the snooze button as a miracle of modern technology, it’s actually not a friend to getting a restful night’s sleep.
Instead of hitting snooze a few times during the morning, try waking up later than you normally would. If you usually hit snooze to gain an extra 20 minutes of sleep, just wake up 20 minutes later! Your body will thank you (so will anyone who is in the vicinity of your alarm repeatedly going off). This is because hitting snooze can actually increase grogginess, as your body is being tricked into thinking you’re going back to bed for an extended period of time.
Basically, shutting your eyes after hitting snooze means you’re restarting a brand new sleep cycle and immediately being taken right out of it. Don’t do that to yourself! While it may take a little more effort to get up when your alarm goes off the first time, it will be well worth it over the course of the entire day.
<h2> 2. Move Your Phone/Alarm Clock
The last thing many people look at before closing their eyes for the night is their cell phone. Not only is this prohibitive to getting a good night’s rest (studies have shown that blue light from electronic screens can disrupt the body’s internal clock), but having a phone or alarm so close to you means laying back down for more sleep is far too tempting. The struggle is real!
What you should try instead is placing your alarm clock or phone well beyond your arm’s length. If possible, set it outside of the room you’re sleeping in. That way when you get up and walk over to shut it off, the urge to go back to bed won’t be anywhere near as strong.
Yes, we’re all good friends with our phones, but the time apart will be best for everyone, especially your sleep cycle.
<h2> 1. Stick To Your New Time
Consistency is key when it comes to implementing any new routine. If you start waking up 30 minutes early and go back to your normal time two days later, you’re basically starting from scratch the following day.
The thing is, while everyone is different, establishing a new habit into our everyday routine takes about 66 days. Just over two months!
That number is important to know, because 21 days used to be the old benchmark for forming a habit. So when people got to the three week point, they would often give up on their goals, believing they were just too difficult to maintain. These things take time, but they’re absolutely worth it in the long run.
Getting up early is no different. It may not be easy at first, but if it’s a goal of yours, stick with it. You’ll get there. Don’t beat yourself up if it’s still difficult after a few weeks. Your new habit will eventually become a part of your daily routine, giving you the confidence to tackle other goals in your life.
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