Do you ever have those days where you just don’t want to get out of bed? Yes, I know, that probably sounds like just about every day of the work week. it can be tough waking up and starting the day. However, the morning is a great time to be productive and get things done so while it might be a struggle, there are great benefits to being an early riser. Even if you think you’re not a morning person, simple changes to your routine and behaviour can make a big difference and help you seize those early morning hours more effectively.
Improve your pre-bedtime routine.
Your bedtime routine is a big factor in how you start your day. The things you do before bed influence how well you sleep and therefore how easily you wake up the next day. If you’re looking to wake up ready to take on the day, ensure you’re doing the right things to get the best rest possible. One tip is to avoid food and alcohol before bed. Sure, we all like a quick snack before bed or maybe a nightcap drink after a long day, however, it has been shown that these habits can keep you up through the night. It’s also wise to avoid screens too close to bedtime as it takes longer to enter into a solid sleep cycle. These small changes can help you to sleep more solidly and wake up feeling rested and ready.
Make waking up a forgone conclusion.
How many times has your alarm clock gone off in the morning only for you to hit the snooze button? If given the choice, most of us would choose to stay in bed longer than to get up. But what if we didn’t have a choice in waking up? We all need to wake up to start the day at some point but in order to wake up early on a regular basis, you need to change waking up from a decision to a necessity. This could mean setting tasks or responsibilities that need to be addressed in the morning. It’s a simple mental exercise that takes the option of sleeping in out of the equation and makes you get out of bed.
Get moving right away.
Waking up and starting your day are two very different things. There are times where I have woken up at a decent hour only to spend far too much time lounging in bed. If you want to become an early rise, that means actually having to rise out of bed to start the day. Getting moving first thing in the morning gives you that energy boost you need to be productive in the morning. Even a quick walk around the block is a perfect way to start any morning.
Make your room a nice one to wake up in.
Waking up in the right environment can make all the difference in the world for getting a good start to the day. Think about how you wake up now. If your bedroom set up as one that inspires you to get out of bed and tackle the day’s work, or is it one that makes you want to stay tucked under the covers forever? Let some sunlight into your room in the morning, as this can be a great wake-up method. A cool and refreshing temperature in a bedroom has also been shown to make people more alert and less drowsy when they wake up. Make your bedroom an environment where waking up is easy.
Have something to do in the morning.
What good is waking up early is you don’t make the most of that time? When you wake up early you need to have a purpose or else you’ll start to wonder what the point of being up so early is and fall right back into your routine of sleeping in. This doesn’t mean you have to dive right into work, but make your morning productive with something so that you’ll feel like you’re accomplishing something as soon as the day begins.