Bright-Eyed And Bushy Tailed: Become A Morning Person
Mornings aren’t the best for everyone. While your colleagues stream in every morning, bright-eyed and ready for the day ahead – you often look like you lost a very long battle with your pillowcase. No matter how hard you try, you find yourself continuously hitting the snooze button before eventually getting out of bed, only to rush through the morning and endure a long day where you’re absolutely grumpy.
So what’s the reason behind our inability to transform into early birds? According to research, our circadian clocks are to blame -more so than genetics. Thankfully, that’s only part of the problem as our ability to be bright-eyed and bushy tailed in the morning does rest with us. In transforming from night owls to to morning larks, we’ll be able to reap the benefits of waking up on time (or early) such as improved productivity and leisure- which both contribute to a less stressful day.
By reading our tips, you can help to ensure that mornings are the best (and easiest part) of your day.
1. Get enough sleep
It may seem rather obvious, but if this was accepted as the ultimate way to wake up ready for the day, you would have already ensured that you got the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep.
Unlike skipping the gym, not getting enough sleep cannot be substituted by anything else. Regardless of how much work you have to get through the night before, you’re not going to be useful to anyone the next day if you’re walking around like a sleep-deprived zombie. According to one study from Harvard Health, regular healthy doses of sleep can boost metabolism, lower blood pressure and stress levels and also boost mood and concentration. Moreover, lack of sleep will make it incredibly difficult for you to pick up other habits that will help you become a morning person.
Listen to your body and be sure not to ignore the obvious signs of it telling you that it’s drained and serious need of some rest. If you plan to start your day by 6:30, be sure to completely clock out by 23:00.
2. Creating the sleep environment
You need to train your body and brain with the notion that night-time translates to bedtime.
Your internal clock is controlled by light thus if you’re surrounded by bright light coming from the TV or other screens, your brain will make sure it stays alert. Your room needs to be an atmosphere of peace, calm and tranquility. You need to be in the mood for sleep before your head touches the pillow. Aside from turning your phone and tablets light to low, you can do the same with the television volume during the evenings. Moreover, don’t use your tablet in bed, or watch the latest episode of your favourite Netflix show. Watching television in bed may seem relaxing, but it’s also another way in which you’re keeping your brain awake for a longer period of time.
There are other ways in which you can relax your mind in bed and this include reading a good, paperback book or enjoying a cup of chamomile tea.
3. Let there be light
Our brain is sensitive to light as it helps to reset the body block. Thus in becoming a morning person, you need to ensure that you help reset your body’s clock by exposing it the the bright morning light.
If you’re not a fan of leaving the blinds open as you sleep, be sure to open the curtains as soon as you wake up. You can even head outside to brush your teeth, enjoy your morning cup on the porch or even go out for a short walk.
4. Morning sweat
A morning routine that includes exercise can have you feeling more alert and energized for the day ahead. If you’re not up for getting up an hour earlier to break a sweat, you can exercise whilst doing your usual morning routines. Squatting whilst brushing your teeth is a great form of light exercise that’ll keep your blood flowing.
5. Enjoy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a freshly brewed cup of coffee doesn’t count. After a night of sleep, our sugar levels are low thus we need a healthy and filling breakfast that will provide us with the fuel that we need. A great breakfast consists of protein, fruits and whole grain. Click here to discover one of our favorites. It’s delicious, easy to make, quick to clean up and it comes in a jar!
6. Get moving!
As our rooms have been set up to be a place of tranquility and relaxation, it’s important to leave the bed as soon as you get up. Laying in bed whilst checking your phone will only allow the the grogginess to sit in even further. As soon as your eyes open, you need to get moving.
Another way in which to be motivated enough to get out of bed is by providing yourself with an incentive that’ll immediately get you out from under the covers.
Be it getting to finally read the last chapter of a good book or even meditate. By doing so, you’ll be in a much happier mood and this is likely to make your day even more productive.
7. Start slowly and stay consistent
You’re not going to go from being a night owl to a morning person overnight. It’s important to choose a wake-up time before gradually working towards it. If you’re looking to be up by 6:30 am but can only move yourself at 7:00 am, simply set your alarm for 6:45 am before slowly moving down as time goes by.
Also, don’t switch off your alarm on weekends. By constantly waking up at the same time everyday, you’ll make it much easier to get out of bed- to the point where you won’t even need an alarm clock anymore.
It may be hard to believe, but it is possible to wake up early enough in order to have a positive morning routine where you’ll get to work on time and enjoy a productive day.