Waking up in the morning can be hard, especially now when the days are getting shorter.
While you might never become a morning person if you are naturally a night owl, there are some things you CAN do to make it easier to wake up in the morning. Here are my 5 top tips that you can try implement one at the time, or all at once for best effect:
- Sleep enough hours.
If you’re currently sleeping less than 7 hours, your body and brain might not fully recharge regardless if you implement the rest of the strategies below. But even if you can’t get enough hours in, the next few strategies will still help you.
- Wake up and go to bed at the same time.
Our body tunes into a circadian rhythm that thrives on routine. This is because many of our hormones will be released based on this circadian rhythm, and without routine, the hormones will be a bit all over the place when it comes to hunger signals, signals or tiredness and alertness etc.
- Stop snoozing.
If you’re a snoozer, this needs to stop. Either you make sure you sleep until you have to get up or you get up when the alarm goes off. Ideally you do the latter and start your day by doing something active, like stretching or going out for a short walk.
- Digital Sunset.
There are so much research done on the negative effects of staring at your screen at night. So making sure you stop scrolling some time before you want to go to bed will hugely improve your ability to sleep. If you can’t pull away, make sure to install softwares that will eliminate the blue light.
- Make your bedroom as sleep friendly as possible.
Invest in a good mattress, get blackout curtains, eliminate sounds and if possible, keep the temperature slightly cooler.
But I find that the people (including myself) who stop relying on motivation as fuel to get things done (such as waking up early) are the ones that focuses on either their purpose or something they look forward to in the day. So perhaps brainstorming what you want to do in life or what you want to enjoy in life (they can be the same thing) will help you get up in the morning!
As a side note, it’s also important to say that IF you are having hormonal issues and a circadian rhythm that is not functioning properly, it can be the underlying reason for why you don’t feel like human for the first 3 hours of your morning. If this is you, I suggest you get in contact and I can help you set up a strategy that is going to help you reset your hormones.