A few years ago I wouldn’t have considered myself to be a morning person. I stayed up late and woke up late and because of that I either missed half of my day and wouldn’t have enough time to do everything or I would still have to get up early and be tired all day long because of the lack of sleep. So I figured that something had to change.
I used to read about people who would wake up at 5AM and always admired them for their dedication. What they were doing seemed like such an impossible task. I even thought that those people might even have a special gene that made them be able to do so.
However, I later learned that waking up early can be easily achieved by simply adjusting your internal clock. Now that I myself wake up early every morning, fully energized and ready to take on the day, I am more than happy to share my tips on ‘How to become a Morning Person’ with you!
1. Why do you want to become a Morning Person?
Write down the reasons that makes you want to become a morning person. Personally, I like waking up early and enjoy the quietness of the day. Most people are still asleep, my phone isn’t going crazy yet, I love to see the sunrise and most of all I love the feeling of being able to do so much before noon already! When the craziness of the day begins, I have already checked off so much of my to do list and that makes me feel happy. Also the feeling of achievement is greater by the end of the day because you started ticking off your to-day list early. So what is it that makes you want to become a morning person yourself? Write it down!
2. Waking up Early means Going to Bed Early too.
Ideally we need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. During these hours your body is recovering, digesting your food, and basically charging itself so that you can fully function the next day. When you get less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep your body will create a sleep deficiency causing you to be less alert, less active, more tired and even less happy during the day. However, getting 9 or more hours of sleep could make you feel foggy, cause headaches and can even make you feel more tired during the day. So, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is the most ideal time-period for sleep.
This means that if your goal is to wake up at 5 am every day you probably have to be asleep by 9pm-10pm at night. This way you won’t create a sleep deficiency and you will be able to fully function, handle stress better, have better focus and be happier overall all throughout the day.
3. Do you need to adjust your Lifestyle?
The next thing you want to do is to take a good look at the way you’re living your life. Sometimes you need to make serious lifestyle changes in order for you to be able to change your daily-routine. You have to keep in mind that some things can easily be adjusted. But others will require some serious effort or aren’t possible to change at all.
For example: Every night, you watch Netflix until you fall asleep on the couch at 1am. This can easily be adjusted by simply turning off your TV and go to bed earlier.
Things that can be harder to adjust could for example be your job, your room mates, a loud and noisy environment etc. Some jobs are during the night. It is up to you to consider whether or not you are ok with this. If not, then it might be good to consider changing jobs or try to switch to a day-time schedule instead. If you, for example, live with room mates that are loud or if you live above a loud bar, then invest in some good noise-canceling headphones/earplugs or consider moving.
Now, when you are the parent of a beautiful, new-born you’re probably up a lot during the night. This is not something that you can change or really control. So you should probably try to find moments to get your sleep whenever you can. Your sleep schedule is not in your hands anymore for a while. Good luck!
4. Determine your sleeping hours and stick to them.
At what time would you like to wake up? If your job starts at 8am then you probably get up early already. Think of all the things you’d like to do in the morning and consider how much time it takes to do them. Then calculate your perfect time to wake up. Once you’ve done that, then simply put in the 7-8 hours of sleep and you have the time you have to be in bed. Are these sleeping hours realistic for you considering your lifestyle? If so, then great! Now, make sure to stick to these hours every day, also in the weekends. By doing so you’re body will automatically adjust and eventually you won’t even need an alarm clock anymore.
5. Plan ahead!
It really helps to make a to do list the day before, but be realistic. Write down all the things you have to do the next day, lay down your outfits and prepare or schedule your meals. That way it will become easier to actually get up in the morning when your alarm clock wakes you up.
6. Create a Morning Ritual
Creating a morning ritual can really help to make waking up early feel more natural. A morning ritual has to be something easy to help you wake up. For example: Brushing your teeth, drinking your coffee, read a few pages of a book, do yoga etc. It really can be anything that is easy to do on a daily basis and gives you a little bit of Me-time. It doesn’t have to take hours, it can be as short as 15 minutes. As long as it is something that warms your soul a little bit.
7. Create an Evening Ritual
Evening Rituals are just as important as morning rituals. Before going to bed it can really help you to take some time to wind down, to take off the day and settle into a time for rest, relaxation and create peace of mind. You can do this by turning off all electronics, take a warm bath/shower, meditate, read a book, write in a diary or anything else that helps you to calm down, relax and prepare your mind for some peaceful sleep. You’ll notice that by doing a relaxing evening ritual the whole quality of your sleep will instantly improve!
8. Ease into it!
Waking up early means changing your internal clock. If you are currently used to waking up at 10am, then don’t immediately set your alarm clock for 5am the next day. Take your time to let your body adjust to this new sleeping pattern. The best way to do this is to start with waking up 30 minutes earlier then usual and to go to bed 30 minutes earlier as well. Once your body is used to that, switch to 30 minutes earlier again, and again until you’ve reached your preferred time. This way you’re easing your mind, body and soul into a new way of sleeping and waking. It might take a bit of time, but it won’t bring as much stress on the body. And that means you’ll be happier during the day.
9. Get a ‘Natural’ alarm clock.
It helps to get an alarm clock that mimics the natural rising of the sun that slowly turns on with light and sound. These ‘wake up light’ alarm clocks are widely available. They exist in almost every price range so they don’t have to cost a lot. The benefit of such an alarm clock is that the light and sound will slowly turn on and become brighter and louder until the time you actually have to wake up. This way you are tricking your mind into thinking the sun came up, the day has started and therefore you need to wake up. It’s a way more natural way of waking up which will also make you way happier than hearing the annoying sound of a bell or your phone.
10. Be kind to Yourself.
Don’t expect to succeed at once. It is ok to “mess up” as long as you get back into it the next day. There will be days where you just feel like waking up whenever and that’s ok. Just remember why you’re doing this and think of all the benefits it will bring you. It might be hard in the beginning but remember it will get easier. And eventually you too can become a happy Morning Person!
Are you a morning person and if so, do you have a morning ritual? Let me know in the comments!