If you’ve been yearning to get up on the right side of the bed each day, this is your ticket to becoming an early riser.
If we could, we would all be morning people. We would wake up after a restful night of sleep, wide awake, and ready to take on the day.
However, becoming a morning person isn’t as easy as all that.
Many of us must deal with chaos first thing, which makes getting up earlier more challenging. Maybe you have kids to get ready or pets to feed that add to the mayhem. Some days you’re lucky to arrive at work on time with matching socks!
Waking up early has several advantages. It aids in productivity and may even give you time to read or enjoy your coffee interruption-free.
If you’re having issues hitting the snooze button one too many times, check out this step-by-step process to help steer you in the right direction.
It’s time to get up early on the right side of the bed!
1. Go to sleep when you’re tired
Do you get tired at the same time every night but ignore it?
Quit fighting against what your body is trying to tell you.
You know better than to eat unhealthy food or skip important medications. Ignoring your body’s sleep signals can also have adverse effects — especially if you’ve had an exhausting day. Getting proper rest will prevent burnout and sluggishness as the week continues.
If you have a habit of keeping late hours, working every night, you may have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.
The last thing you want to do is power through exhaustion and trick your brain into feeling wired, even though your body is exhausted.
Do yourself a favor and listen to your body and hit the hay at a decent hour.
2. Create the right atmosphere
Create the right environment. Set the mood for bedtime so you’ll get a restful night of sleep.
Create rituals like reading a book and drinking some tea. Just make sure the tea you drink doesn’t have caffeine! Try a decaffeinated or herbal hot tea to help you unwind. Aim to read and sip on your tea at least a half an hour before bedtime.
Don’t glue yourself to your phone — bright lights won’t help you wind down. Besides, after a long day of staring at the computer screen, it’s best to give your eyes a rest.
As you build good bedtime habits over time, your body will get used to a new schedule and recognize when it’s time to get some shuteye.
The state of your environment can also affect your quality of sleep. If your room is messy, it will be more challenging to relax and go to bed earlier. Keep your bedroom tidy so that it’s more welcoming and peaceful.
Do your best to keep your space uncluttered and clean so that your mind can stay clutter-free as well. Anxious thoughts may already make it challenging for you to sleep. It’s in your best interest to not add an unkempt room to the mix.
You may also want to think about the brightness of your lighting. At night-time, your room should be a tranquil place you solely use for relaxation and sleeping.
3. Let in the light
If you’re a light sleeper, or sunlight tends to wake you up, that’s a good thing. Go to bed early enough, and natural light will tell the brain that the day has begun.
So what does that mean, exactly?
It means that in to become an early morning person, you can use natural light to your advantage.
Allow a little early morning light to shine through your window, and you’ll get up bright and early, ready to take on the day.
4. Exercise and eat right
This tip may seem like a no brainer, but it’s true that what you eat and how often you exercise (or if you exercise at all), plays a huge part in your sleep patterns.
Eating healthy foods at reasonable hours (i.e., not right before bed) regulates your body and makes you feel better both mentally and physically.
Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood and, later, helps you get a good night’s rest. According to John Hopkins Medicine Center for Sleep Director Charlene Gamaldo, even though researchers don’t know exactly how, they do know that moderate exercise increases deep sleep.
Deep sleep allows your brain and body to rejuvenate and thus, makes getting up early in the morning a lot easier.
5. Get up (on the right side of the bed)
If you wake up grumpy in the early morning, you’re not alone. But hopefully, if you follow these tips, getting up earlier will be much easier.
There are a few things you can do to ease yourself into applying a morning routine:
Pick out a new wakeup time and ease yourself into it. To implement this new habit, slowly work backward to your new wake up time in fifteen-minute increments. So, if you want your new wakeup time to be 7 AM, set your alarm for 7:45 tomorrow. Do this over a week or so.
Tell a friend or family member when you’d like to wake up. Check-in with them regularly to let them know if you’re following through with the new habit.
Skip the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button for the umpteenth time isn’t going to get you any more sleep. It’ll make you feel even sleepier the rest of the day. Opt to skip the snooze button and get up right away instead.
Another easy way to wake your body up is by moving around. Whether this means doing a few jumping jacks first thing in the morning, or a few stretches, is entirely up to you.
Use a happy alarm sound
No one likes waking up to an obnoxious and loud alarm. Set the alarm to something peaceful and calming — but not so calming that you go back to sleep! Try something happy and motivating to get you out of bed.
The number of hours of sleep we get each night affects our ability to get up early and stay productive throughout the day.
To get that quality sleep:
- Properly unwind at the end of the day
- Eat right
- Adjust your lighting at night
- Wake up to natural light in the morning
Even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, it’s possible to become one. Believe it or not, the morning may become the best part of your day.
After all, getting up early is the perfect time to grab a book, go for a run, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet. Before you know it, you’ll get up on the bright side every day.
Mark Lucero, Business Manager at Xander 3900, has been in the Multi-Family Industry for 12 years and has a wide range of knowledge in the sub-market and complying with Equal Housing Opportunity laws. Mark has been with Alliance Residential for nine years.