8 Simple Ways to Become a Morning Person

posted: 02/15/16
by: Briana Finelli
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Ever wonder how some people are just happy in the mornings when you can't function until you've had your cup, OK cups, of coffee? Being a "morning person" doesn't always come naturally, but that doesn't mean you can't become one! These small tips for improving sleep patterns, adopting better eating habits, and changing up your daily routine can help you become a morning person before you can hit the snooze button!

1. Establish a sleep schedule.
Start going to sleep and waking up at the same time to get your body adjusted to new sleeping patterns. Your body will start feeling tired at night and more alert in the mornings, helping you fall asleep sooner and wake up easier.

2. Start slow.
If you find yourself taking more time to sleep and less to get ready, try simply waking up a little earlier. If you'd love an extra hour in the morning but can't get out of bed until 8 am, try waking up at 7:45 am and increasing by 15-minute intervals until you reach your goal.

3. Turn off electronics before getting into bed.
You've heard it time and time again, but the light emissions from our laptops and cell phone screens really do disrupt sleeping patterns. Those specific lights interrupt circadian rhythms, making it harder to fall asleep and actually have a "good night's sleep." Put the phone away and substitute your Pinterest boards with a book.

4. Let the light in.
Natural light, on the other hand, can help you wake up more gently and naturally than an alarm clock. Keeping a room dark will make your body think it's still late, making it easier to convince it to get out of bed. Try keeping the blinds open when you go to sleep to let in the daylight and make your morning a little easier.

5. Try exercising. Morning exercises can get rid of that early grogginess and jumpstart your day! Quick stretches, yoga or easy at-home workouts can be enough to have you feeling more awake and ready for the day earlier on.

6. Breakfast > coffee. Caffeine alone isn't enough to supplement the amount of energy your body needs. A protein-packed breakfast gives you a lot of energy, too, and is healthier for your body than skipping the meal entirely. Yogurt, granola, fruits, and other healthy foods are quick so you can still get those breakfast benefits on the go. (Prep these breakfasts before bed for one less thing to do in the morning!)

7. Shorten your morning to-do list. Take a little extra time at night to get your lunch together, prep the coffee maker, or pick your outfit to give you less to do in the morning, lessening stress and making mornings easier.

8. Just do it. Not to quote a certain athletic brand, but sometimes, just waking up and biting the bullet is the best way to jumpstart the morning. Telling yourself to get out of bed and start your morning can get you in the habit of skipping the "snooze."

Do you have a morning routine that helps you get a better start to your day? Don't forget to share!