We all know one person who can go for a run, face the day and look fresh-faced all before 9am. And we’ve all secretly wanted to be them, mumbling in to our flat white, wondering how on earth they do it.
If you’re not a morning person and you hit snooze quicker than you can say double espresso, our five doable steps reveal how to become a morning person. Get ready to become an early riser – or just less likely to hit the snooze button…
night owl or morning person?
We are all unique, so it’s understandable why some of us are more active at different times of the day than others. Some of us are morning people and love it, feeling energised and ready from the get-go. Some of us feel more productive in the later hours of the day. So, is it better to be a morning person or night owl?
There’s no right or wrong way to be. However, we believe that being a morning person can leave you more productive, fresh and efficient earlier in the day, whether you’re getting ready for school or work. There is no overnight cure to become a morning person, but you could start by following these steps…
wind down at night
Although sometimes hard to do, winding down before sleep can be just as important as sleep itself. Getting a good amount of rest the night before is key, so give these simple techniques a try:
- Dimming the lights gradually a few hours before sleep can release melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep and restfulness.
- Studies have shown that shutting down all devices at least one hour before bed significantly improves sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed and in better health and spirits upon waking.
- If you’re struggling to hack the no-devices rule before bed, try using it for something to aid relaxation. We like the HEADSPACE app, which includes short meditation exercises that you can filter to suit your needs and time frame.
- Cutting down on substances that typically give you buzz such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol three hours before bedtime is advised, to reduce the amount of stimulation your body experiences. Instead, try drinking a glass of milk. Some studies report that milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps you produce serotonin and melatonin, hormones that help you to sleep.
stick to a routine
One morning is never the same as the next, so finding a morning routine can be challenging. However, finding a morning routine that suits your lifestyle can set you up for the day in all the right ways. Discover what energises you and how that might fit into the time you have. Is it exercise? Push yourself to go for a run before work and layout your fitness clothes the night before to make it easier, or try this five-minute yoga routine to ease your way into the day. Do the good mornings you have start with a delicious breakfast? Plan to savour your favourite. Looking forward to a treat will incentivise you to get out of bed in less of a slumber.
Although exercising directly before bed can build up adrenaline, causing a broken nights sleep, exercise during the day up to an hour before winding down can lead to a better night’s sleep.
Getting physical doesn’t always mean training for a marathon, even going for a brisk 30-minute walk can use up enough energy to leave you feeling tuckered out before bedtime, leaving you feeling the benefit once you wake.
keep a journal
Keeping a journal is a secret of the sleep-rich. Writing down your thoughts and feelings allows you to offload and release stressful thoughts from your mind and onto paper, relaxing you inside and out. Journaling is also hugely beneficial to your mental health, enabling you to keep track of your thoughts and feelings, and leaving you with a clearer mind for a great night’s sleep. So, get comfortable on your perfect mattress and scribe away.
find the right tools
Getting the perfect start in the morning all starts from the night before. We think sleeping on the right mattress helps you get a restful night, and an even better morning.
take our 21-day challenge
Still determined to become an early riser? Studies show it takes the average person 21-days to pick up a habit. Just head over to our Facebook community Love Mornings for more info. You’ll become a morning person in no time. Well, 21 days.