Let’s face it. Early birds have an advantage. While night owls are hitting snooze on their alarm clocks, morning people are out in the world making things happen. But waking up early is not such an easy task. With the help of an amazing info graphic from Greatist, I have put together a list of ways to make your early morning wake ups glorious instead of groggy.
People who wake up earlier tend to feel more optimistic and proactive, and can even be healthier and less stressed than those to stay under the covers, so here are some tips to wake up on the right side of the bed every morning.
Want the obvious solution to waking up earlier and easier? Learn to sleep better and ensure you are getting enough rest each night. When you are sleep deprived, your reaction times will slow down and you will tend to worry more and eat more than you normally would. In order to sleep like a pro, remember these few pointers:
- Refrain from using all electronic devices 45 minutes before bedtime and keep them out of your sleeping area
- Position your self correctly
- Watch out for danger foods, such as caffeine, alcohol and all things spicy
- A warm mug of tea is best before bedtime
- Grab a book or write out your feelings in a journal
- Take a warm shower
- Listen to nature sounds or mellow music
- Buy a good, supportive mattress
Now that we know how to sleep like a pro, let’s learn how to wake up on the right side of the bed every morning. One of the best ways to become a morning person is getting used to waking up at the same time every morning, including weekends. By going to sleep and waking up at the same times, your body will automatically begin to feel tired and awake around those times. Use these tips to make the most out of your mornings:
- Skip the beeps and set your alarm tone to something fun
- Don’t lounge. Moving around will naturally make your body feel more energetic
- Create and maintain a morning routine
- Skip the snooze button. It will actually make you feel more tired when you get up
Getting into a morning workout routine will make you feel even more energetic throughout the rest of your day. But when you choose a workout, make sure it’s something you really enjoy. Pack your workout bag the night before so there is one less thing to worry about in the morning and find a friend to workout with you. It will make you less likely to bail and you will have much better workout than if you were alone. And make sure to grab a delicious and healthy bite to eat between 30 and 60 minutes after your workout. A healthy breakfast will provide energy for the rest of your morning activities, boost your concentration and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
By following these simple steps, you will become a better morning person in no time!