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The Snooze Button and I have a long and sordid history. It’s a relationship I’ve been trying to break off for many years but I just couldn’t seem to walk away. For me, having a young child in the house was the kick in the rear I needed to embrace the early morning hours (and I definitely still struggle!)
There are a lot of benefits to being a morning person. Here are some tips to help you get there.
- Start small – Don’t suddenly try to jolt yourself awake at 5 after years of snoozing till 745. Every few days, set the alarm for 15-20 minutes earlier. Not only does it give your body a chance to acclimate, it can help you psychologically get used to the idea.
- Avoid screens before bed – If you’re one of those who winds down watching TV or looking at a tablet, try turning them off an hour before you plan to hit the hay. “Blue” light is known to be particularly disruptive to sleep cycles. Not to mention the penchant that most of us have for losing track of time doing mindless web surfing…
- Limit caffeine and alcohol – I know I don’t need to tell you that caffeine can disrupt sleep, but a lot of people are surprised to know that throwing a few beers back makes for a restless night too. While alcohol might cause you to relax or fall asleep faster, it will be poor quality sleep.
- Just do it – Don’t lie in bed thinking of all the reasons why you should avoid getting up (had a long day, tossed and turned last night, you get to go in late this morning). The more time you give yourself to make excuses, the less likely you are to get your behind up and moving.
- Get up and moving – As nice as spending some leisurely time cruising Facebook with a cup of coffee sounds, lounging around will not motivate you to be productive. As soon as you rouse, get out of bed and begin your routine. Getting your blood flowing will help you wake up and ready get your mind ready for a day of productivity.
- Enjoy the outdoors – I am a self professed ‘indoorsman’, but once I started embracing the wonders of being outside first thing in the morning, I found it pretty magical. Now I get excited about seeing the dew on the grass and the quietude of the neighborhood.
- Prepare the night before – If you are one that has a hard time getting motivated to exercise, having your workout gear ready to go is a great start. Whether it’s laying them out on the dresser or sleeping in them, you’ll have one less excuse not to get going. Getting your coffee ready to brew (or even starting the kettle from your phone before your feet even hit the ground) can help give you an extra boost.
It sounds daunting, and you might think there’s no way you could ever become a morning person. But give it a try! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.