There are many benefits when it comes to being an early riser; from improved energy levels, to increased mental alertness and ability to concentrate. The idea of waking up feeling calm, refreshed and ready to tackle the day seems very appealing, but with these cold, dark, uninviting winter mornings the temptation to remain wrapped under the covers is high. With winter also comes shorter days and so waking up early is the only way to make the most of your day.
We’ve got 6 simple steps to help you to ditch those late nights for early mornings!
As obvious as it sounds, a good night’s sleep is essential and should be top priority . Swap that extra television episode, internet shopping session or general procrastination for additional sleep and you will be thankful in the morning. If you want to wake up earlier, you need to compensate by going to sleep and hour earlier – don’t try and do one without the other. It’s vital that you feel adequately rested if you want to become a morning person.
- Be organised
Making sure you are prepared the night before will ensure you have a stress free morning and get your day off to a good start. It’s often the little things which make the biggest difference, such as pre-preparing your breakfast, getting your clothes ready, packing your bag – knowing you’re well prepared will minimise your reluctance to get out of bed and free up more time other things, like exercising, reading, eating a good breakfast or simply having a little relaxation time before starting your day.
- Don’t delay waking up
The snooze button is your enemy. It will only encourage you to fall back to sleep and ruin your chances of an early start. You may think those additional few minutes of sleep are helping – but in actual fact, they’re not. Once you’ve hit snooze and drift off, you enter an earlier stage of your sleep cycle, which results in you feeling less restedthan you would have if you had woken up earlier. Try putting your alarm clock across the other side of your room – this means you will have to physically get out of bed to turn it off, waking you up in the process.
You don’t have to do anything too strenuous, but any activity that will get your pulse racing is sure to improve your mental alertness before sunrise. You can choose to go outside and get some fresh air, or do a work out DVD if you’d prefer to stay indoors. Though it may feel like an effort exercise in the morning it is often better than leaving it until the end of the day when your energy levels are lower. It’s also important to note that if you stop exercising then you’re more likely to get into a cycle of bad eating, which have negatively impact your sleep too.
- Energy boosting foods
Make sure you’re eating foods which will help increase your energy, the right way. Try making some overnight oats with fruits and nuts, giving you slow releasing energy – prepare the night before and enjoy in the evening. Replace caffeine with water – drinking too much coffee is not a good idea, since it can increase stress levels and leave you feeling less awake.
- Get a routine
In order to be a true morning person, you need to practice the ‘early to bed, early to rise’ routine, seven days a week. If you decide to have a long lie one morning it can upset your sleeping pattern for the rest of the week. But don’t worry if this does happen, it can take a while to get into routine. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your early mornings and make the most of them.
- Tips from Sealey