Not much of an early riser? We know the feeling…
Let’s face it, mornings are never fun. Even with the best intentions in the world, for some of us, getting out of bed can be something of a daily struggle. In other words, productivity is appealing – but procrastination is better. You win this round, snooze button.
The good news is, it is actually possible to train yourself to do mornings right, and get a lot more out of your day. Here’s how:
Step away from the laptop
This also includes the TV, your phone, games consoles, eReaders…essentially, anything that’s back-lit.
Whatever electronic device you’re addicted to, try to avoid ‘screen time’ for at least an hour before bedtime. It’s scientifically proven that electronics stimulate your brain and make it harder for you to fall asleep, and the bright lights won’t help either.
So switch them off, and you’ll be able to switch off too.
At the very least, turn your devices on silent. That way, you won’t be distracted by messages while you’re trying to sleep. After all, it’s doubtful that half-asleep messaging is going to be the most productive kind, and if you wait till the morning, your hilarious wit is far more likely to be on better form.
Prepare your morning the night before
What are you going to wear to work? What should you have for breakfast? Is it ever acceptable to take a duvet into the office?
Questions like these are likely to be asked before the beginning of any day, and it can be stressful to try and figure this seemingly simple stuff out when you’re half asleep. So, avoid tiring yourself out further in the morning by making sure these daily decisions are already made before you wake up.
That way, you’ll have less to worry about in the morning, are more likely to be on time for work, and will be able to wake up relaxed knowing your packed lunch has already been made.
Cue comforting morning sigh of relief.
If you wake up feeling groggy, it could be because your alarm going off every ten minutes is continuously interrupting your sleep cycle.
So, as difficult as it may seem, avoiding the temptation to snooze your alarm will actually help you in the long run.
If all else fails, try putting your alarm clock at the other side of the room, and you’ll be forced to get up to turn it off – effectively tackling the difficult task of getting out of bed without even realising it.
Trust us, ‘morning you’ will be eternally grateful… (Although your partner may not be)
We all understand the importance of updating ourselves with the happenings of the world via social media and/or messaging, but it can often be a waste of time if it’s overdone, not to mention the cause of a bad morning.
Consider this possible series of events: getting out of bed late = getting to work late = a telling off from your boss + a severe look of disappointment. You get the picture.
Focus on the task at hand and try not to let your mind wander – you’ll only risk spending longer in bed because you’re so engrossed in that article about cats being scared of cucumbers. (Yeah, it’s a thing)
Let the light in
Leaving your curtains or blinds open (even if only slightly) will allow your body to wake up naturally when the morning arrives.
If daylight isn’t a thing that exists when you wake up, consider getting a ‘wake up light’, which emulates natural daylight and lights up in the mornings.
Not only will natural light let your body know it’s time to be awake, but it will also help reduce the urge to go back to sleep.
This advice can be turned around for the evenings, when light is something you’re better off avoiding. Sleep inducing Melatonin is only released into our bodies when it’s dark, so turning the lights off will mean you’ll benefit from a better sleep.
If willpower just isn’t working out for you, you could always turn to technology.
There are a wide range of creative alarm clocks that get you out of bed in a less conventional way. They include, an alarm clock that simultaneously brews coffee, a dumbbell-shaped alarm clock that requires you to do 30 bicep curls before it shuts off, and if you want to take extreme measures – a clock that sends an embarrassing tweet every time you press the snooze button.
But if early morning torture tactics aren’t your thing, there is a more gentle option. The ‘sleep cycle’ app tracks the type of sleep you’re having, meaning it can gradually wake you up throughout the ‘light sleep’ stage. It also allows you to review your sleep, and use the information to figure out what sleep disrupting elements you should cut out of your life.
Thanks technology, we owe you one.
Honourable mentions: go to bed with a positive mind-set, exercise in the mornings, rehydrate when you wake up, keep your wake up time consistent, avoid napping throughout the day, set a bedtime, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, have breakfast, get the right amount of sleep
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