How often do you find yourself saying, “I can’t get out of bed!” or “I need to wake up earlier?” If this is how your mornings usually start, then this blog post will show you how to make it easier for yourself.
We’ll discuss the importance of getting enough sleep and how to set a consistent morning routine. Plus, we’ll give you 7 easy steps that will help put your best foot forward in the morning! That way you can wake up early, reset your body’s internal clock, and become the morning person after several hours of restful sleep.
Here are the simple steps:
Step 1. Set a consistent time you want to get out of bed.
This will help your body adjust and know when it’s time for sleep – not just in the morning, but throughout the day as well! It can be helpful to set an alarm (and we’ll give some tips on how to make it less annoying). But how about setting a morning routine so you have things to wake up for? Even if your work schedule changes, try to keep some sort of consistency with this. This will even work if you’re a night owl.
Step 2. Limit the amount of caffeine during the day.
If you can’t go entirely without caffeine (be reasonable), we recommend only having one cup in the morning and no more than that. This will help avoid sleep problems or difficulty falling asleep at night! Also – don’t drink too much liquid before bedtime as well.
Step 3. Set an easy goal like getting out of bed first thing when your alarm goes off.
Put away all distractions such as phones and TVs. Our brains love habit-forming activities like these, which is why they’re important even just on waking up! Once those habits are formed, you’ll start to notice how much easier it is to get up.
Step 4. Pick your outfit for the next day before bedtime!
Not only will this be helpful, but it will make sure nothing gets wrinkled or dirty (which isn’t good when trying to save time in the morning!).
Step 5. If possible, try waking up at the same time every weekday and then taking one weekend morning off.
This can help regulate your sleep schedule so that getting enough sleep becomes less of an issue – especially if you’re probably not sleeping as well throughout the week due to work commitments!
Step 6. Get some sunshine during lunch breaks or after work!
Our bodies love any light source they can get because sunlight regulates our circadian rhythm which helps us fall asleep at night and get up in the morning!
Step 7. Try to go to bed around the same time every day. This might seem difficult, but we can help with our last step…
Having a set wake-up time will help you go to bed earlier as well. You will notice that when you start waking up early, your body clock will reset and you will notice your energy levels go up and you will no longer feel tired. This will naturally create better habits, you will have more energy, and your body naturally finds good sleeping and eating habits.
Lastly, Turn all screens off an hour before you want your head on a pillow because these blue light sources interfere with how well we fall asleep (unless it’s something like a sleeping app).
We recommend using apps such as Flux or Twilight for this purpose if needed! There are also helpful features built into some of your devices that turn down how bright they are – check out Night Shift on iPhones & iPads for example (under settings). It may take some getting used to though since all those little habits towards sleep will quickly disappear overnight 🙁 But don’t worry – it’s totally worth the long-term effects!
You can’t win if you don’t play. And the only way to get up earlier is by getting out of bed! So, I challenge you – go ahead and make a commitment right now that starting this morning, every day for at least one week, you will wake up an hour earlier than usual. Even though it’ll be hard in the beginning (and maybe even frustrating), see how your body adjusts within a few days and suddenly feels ready to take on anything.
Trust me – waking up early won’t feel like such a chore soon enough because once we start doing something positive consistently, our bodies tend to respond positively as well! So what are you waiting for? Start living life today and enjoying the freedom with the extra time you save by waking up early.