The greeting ‘good morning’ is dished out at different times of the day—for some, it’s at 5 AM and for some, it’s at 11 AM. A number of people swear that they could never don the tag of a morning person. However, while changing your sleeping habits is difficult, it’s not impossible.
Waking up early has the potential to completely transform your life. This is owing to the quiet and peace of the morning hours, a clear mind and an early start to the day!
So, if you’ve been a night owl all your life, is it possible for you to turn into a morning lark? Certainly. Here’s how you can get started…
Consistency is key
The human body likes routines. So, cut the spontaneity when it comes to sleep cycles. Try heading to bed at a similar time every day. Getting a consistent 8 hours of sleep through the week will also keep you from drifting back to older tendencies on the weekends—the need to ‘catch up on sleep’ won’t exist.
Chuck your screens before shut-eye
Most of us are guilty of climbing into bed with our beloved smartphones and laptops. Little do we know; this addiction is wreaking havoc on your sleep. The blue light emitted from these screens can suppress melatonin levels (a hormone that helps your body understand when it’s time to sleep/ wake up) and make you more alert when you should actually be winding down. So, chuck all your screens an hour before bedtime.
Give yourself a dose of hydration
Around 60% of the human body is water! This is one of the main reasons why we feel lethargic and tired on waking up. After having gone without water for 6-8 hours, the body is in dire need of some hydration and energising.
This explains why drinking water first thing in the morning can go a long way in waking you up. If you wish to go the extra mile, warm up a glass of water and squeeze in some lemon juice for some Vitamin C.
Do a light stretch
A light stretch in the morning is a great way to kickstart your day. After having been stationary for 6-8 hours, the body needs to be shaken up. Stretching can give you that ‘get up and go’ feeling and offer your body a much-needed energy boost. For best results, do this by a sun-filled window.
Let the light in
Exposure to light triggers chemical reactions in the body that stimulate wakefulness and alertness. So, to wake yourself up from hours of slumber, treat yourself to some natural light. If you sleep with the curtains drawn, open them up. You can also keep them open through the night if that doesn’t hamper your sleep.
Waking up early can be hard if your day lacks structure or motivation. A simple solution is to have a task list. This can include all the little tasks that you wish to accomplish throughout the day. For instance, making some calls, taking a shower, watering your plants, cleaning your room, etc.
In addition, mornings can be made exciting with little treats. This could be a breakfast meal you really dig or an outfit that you love to wear! The idea is to give yourself something to look forward to.
That’s pretty much it! Becoming a morning person is all about training yourself. You may soon find yourself waking up seconds or even minutes before your alarm buzzes every day. All it takes is some practice!