There’s something magical about mornings.
Mornings can be the perfect time to work on your goals, have a little “me time”, and get into the right mindset for your entire day. Learn how to become a morning person with these 6 simple steps today!
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I used to consider myself a night owl. I loved to sleep in, and evenings were always way more exciting than those crazy morning hours.
I kind of became a morning person by accident. I started working for a job that required me to be there at 7 in the morning, so there was no way around waking up at 6 am or sooner.
This was SO hard for me at first! But now that I do consider myself a morning person, I absolutely love and guard that time to myself in the mornings.
So maybe you’re here because you’ve got a new job that is forcing you to become a morning person. Or maybe you just like the idea of having some precious time in the mornings to dedicate to yourself.
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Whatever reason you’re choosing to become a morning person, keep reading to figure out how to do it.
Choose why you want to wake up earlier
In order to make yourself actually get out of bed when that alarm clock rings, you’ve got to have a good reason. Wanting to wake up earlier just because it sounds like a good idea is never going to work.
Your why has to be stronger than the pull to hit snooze and drift back to sleep.
Give yourself one special thing to look forward to
This one is super helpful especially if you’re motivated by rewards. It kind of ties in to our first point, but having something to look forward to when you get out of bed will make the whole process a lot easier.
I get really excited about the cup of coffee I know I get to have in the morning. It’s nothing big, but imagining the smell of the coffee brewing, and the taste of the perfect cup of coffee with just the right amount of sugar and cream makes me happy. I always look forward to that as something special I only have during that morning time.
Go to sleep earlier
If you want to function well as a morning person, sleep deprivation is not the answer. You need to go to bed earlier than you normally do in order to wake up earlier than you normally do.
The easiest way to do this is to scale back your bedtime a little bit at a time. Start getting ready for bed 15 minutes earlier and stick to that for a couple days. Then, go to bed another 15 minutes earlier than that.
You are shooting to work your way up to going to bed at least an hour before you are right now.
I kind of doubted this one because caffeine has never had a huge effect on me. I drink coffee and sweet tea simply because I love the way they taste. I’ve never felt a huge burst of energy after my morning cup(s) of coffee.
But when I started choosing to have a cutoff time for caffeine (this meant no tea after 7 p.m.) I found it was much easier for me to wind down around 9 p.m. I love having something flavored to drink with dinner, so this meant I also had to make sure and start eating dinner sooner. Which is another good choice when you’re trying to become a morning person!
Open the blinds or use a light alarm clock
It’s really difficult to make yourself wake up when it’s pitch dark in your room. So if you’re ideal bedtime is sometime around or after dawn, consider leaving the curtains open at night to let the natural sunlight hit your windows.
For a lot of us, we have to wake up before the sun so it’s hard to get that help from natural light. I’d suggest using an alarm clock that uses light along with sound to wake you up.
Keep trying until it becomes normal
If you’ve always been a night owl, it will take some time for your body’s sleep patterns to get used to waking up early. But if you stick with it, your new norm will be to naturally wake up earlier and earlier. Don’t beat yourself up if you snooze through those mornings at first–it will get easier with time.
You can become a morning person
Even if you’ve never been good at waking up early, it is possible to become a morning person. With a big enough “why”, some practical sleep hygiene, and practice, you can become a morning person!
What is your favorite time of day? Leave a comment down below!