There are plenty of people out there who complain that there’s never enough hours in the day, yet spend the bulk of the morning lying in bed. Even if they’re getting up relatively early, there’s a big difference between rising at 6 am and rising at 8 am. And what’s more, sometimes the later risers are still tired when they get out of bed. It can be midday before they’re truly awake and “with it.” But here’s the thing: though some people feel convinced that they’ll never be a morning person, it’s actually not all that difficult to do. Below, we take a look at four actions that’ll have you awake and out of bed much earlier than you’re used to.
Get to Bed Earlier
You can’t have everything in life. If you want to get up earlier, then you need to go to bed earlier. Everyone needs a minimum amount of hours in the land of nod in order to function at their best. There’s a strong case to be made for going to bed earlier, too. Once you’ve passed 10 pm, you’re really just riding out the day: it’s not a productive time to be awake, since nothing is happening. Instead, it’ll be better to go to bed and have a full day of action the following day.
You’re going to find it difficult to get up and enjoy the morning if you’ve had a disturbed night’s sleep. As such, you’ll be well-served by making sure that your bedroom and bedding is as comfortable as possible. Invest in high-quality sheets, and you’ll find it easier to fall asleep. If you suffer from conditions such as night sweats or nightmares, then take steps to make them a thing of the past. You can buy sheets for night sweats, for instance, and try yoga, meditation, and other calming activities to reduce your nightmares. A full night’s of rest makes it much easier to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
If there’s one thing that tricks people into thinking they’re “not morning people,” it’s the snooze button. It might feel nice to have an extra ten minutes in bed, but actually, it’s just making your morning worse. That’s because while you might fall back asleep, you won’t sleep for long enough to make it worthwhile. Instead, your brain will be confused, which will lead to that awful “groggy feeling” when you do finally rise.
Get Up ASAP
So instead of hitting snooze, get up straight away. It might feel like a monumental effort, but it’ll be over in a second, and you’ll find that your awake in no time. It’s the biggest hurdle, but one you’ll be grateful to have overcome once you’ve done it. If simply rising doesn’t do enough for you, then put on a pot of coffee, have a cold shower, and consider going for a walk around the block. You’ll be awake in no time, and ready to tackle the day.