How To Become A Morning Person
Do you naturally wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning, eat a healthy, homemade breakfast and then jog to work? If so, this article isn’t for you. This is for those of us who love hitting the snooze button and staying under the covers just a few moments longer. Even though those extra minutes may seem totally necessary, that need for extra sleep may be a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle, according to Shape.
In the same article, writer Laura Schwecherl mentioned that those who sleep in later tend to be more stressed, overweight or even depressed than those who don’t. This lack of sleep could be caused from working late, too much caffeine, or going to bed on an empty stomach. Sound like anyone you know? If you’re looking to have more productive mornings and start your day on the right foot, then you may want to consider becoming a morning person. Here are seven easy steps for maximizing your mornings and becoming a morning person, while still getting your best sleep possible.
1. Give Yourself A Bedtime
This may seem like a childish thing for an adult to do, but creating a nighttime routine is actually a great way to ensure that you get enough sleep, and wake up on time, according to DailyBurn.com. For instance, if you want to be in bed by 10:00 p.m., start to shower and remove your makeup around 8:30 p.m. Giving yourself time to get ready for bed helps you relax and create a less stressful environment for yourself at night.
2. Tune Out Technology Before Bed
According to Harvard Health, the blue light emitted from your cell phone can actually suppress your normal circadian rhythms during sleep. This can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and not get your most restful sleep. Instead, change the settings on your phone to “Do Not Disturb” after your set bedtime. This will ensure that those pesky Facebook notifications don’t interrupt you while you sleep.
3. Use Calming Beauty Products Before You Sleep
If you’re someone who loves to shower before you hit the hay, reach for shampoos and conditioners with calming scents like Pureology’s Strength Cure line to help soothe your stressed-out mind. Haircare products with lavender, honey or vanilla scents are great for helping you to feel calm and relaxed before bed.
4. Wear Proper Pajamas
According to Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution, one of the best ways to trick your brain into hitting the snooze button is by ditching your gym clothes when you sleep. Instead, she suggests wearing proper pajamas, nightdresses or even a T-shirt that dedicated to your nighttime routine.
5. Reward Yourself For Waking Up Early
Making something into a habit is never easy. During the first few weeks of waking up early, reward yourself with something positive as soon as you wake up. Love to read gossip magazines? Keep a stack of new issues on your nightstand to read as soon as you wake up. Need a tasty motivation? Make yourself a peanut butter and maple smoothie as an early morning treat. Little rewards will not only help you adjust to being more active in the morning, but they also help to ensure that you have a positive outlook for the day.
6. Eat A Protein Packed Breakfast
One of the best ways to start your day is by ensuring that you have a protein packed breakfast. Protein not only makes you feel full, but it makes that fullness last. By being satiated throughout the day, you can stay focused and alert to your tasks at hand. So, before you get ready in the morning, reach for foods that are filled with protein. One of our favorite easy-to-make breakfasts is a Greek yogurt with chia seeds, granola, and sliced berries. It’s quick, delicious, filling and lets you say goodbye to your mid-morning cravings.
7. Change Your Alarm
No one likes to wake up to loud, blaring sirens and alarms. Instead, change your alarm to be something more soothing and gentle. By waking up in a calmer manner, you can maintain that sense of calm and ease throughout your morning.
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