Becoming a morning person is so much more than just waking up early.
Being a morning person allows you to take full advantage of the first few hours in the morning so that you can develop a healthy routine and start your day off with a positive attitude.
I'm a morning person for sure, so I am biased towards encouraging you to become a morning person too!
I love waking up early and listening to the birds welcoming in the new day.
I love the stillness of the morning before the world wakes.
And I love seeing the clouds change colour as the sun rises.
And on Saturday mornings when I do get to lie in, I love that first cup of tea that I didn't have to make myself!
Here are some ideas for becoming more of a morning person.
And the bonus -
This can also help you to develop a morning routine that helps to boost your metabolism!
Get Better Sleep
Of course you need to start with getting good sleep the night before.
If you go to sleep night with constant distractions, and never sleep through the night then you will have a very hard time getting up early and actually being productive in the morning.
Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Clean bed linen - i'm not suggesting changing it every day but regularly is a good idea. And maybe more often in warmer weather.
Have a fan or aircon for the warmer nights (but don't leave the aircon all night)
And of course aim for as little noise as possible - it doesn't have to be a tomb but you don't want noise that disrupts.
I like to use an app called SleepBug for those times when I am wired and need to go to sleep.
Stop Sleeping with Distractions
There are many things that can distract you at night and keep you from getting good sleep.
Firstly, turn your phone off or at the very least put it on vibrate. I set my phone to switch off automatically at 9.30pm every night.
Don’t fall asleep with your TV on.
It might seem like it is helping you fall asleep, but certain noises and the blue light from the TV could wake you, keeping you from getting the sleep you need in order to be a morning person.
Develop Morning and Nighttime Routines
To be a morning person, you need to have good routines and habits during the day and at night.
Your nighttime routine helps you get prepared for bed so you can sleep better.
Routines in the morning will help you to gradually become more of a morning person.
Find the Reasons You Want to Be a Morning Person
You need to have good, solid reasons for wanting to be a morning person.
Do you want to be more productive?
Are you trying to focus on a healthier morning routine?
Do you need a better start to your day?
Write down reasons why you want to be more of a morning person, and keep those in mind when your alarm goes off and you desperately want to hit the snooze button.
Energize Yourself in the Morning
In the beginning, you will need a little extra motivation.
Think of healthy habits for your morning that will help you to have more energy and a positive attitude.
This might include start off with yoga routine or stretching,
having some lemon in your water, and
writing in a journal or planner.
Maybe you want to listen to upbeat music to get you going, or go for a quick walk around the block.
These can all help you to become a morning person.
If you're a morning person - head over to our Facebook group - Being Healthy Made Simple - and share your morning and night-time routines.
And if you're not - then come and join us to learn how you can get better sleep and enjoy more energy during the day. :)