For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been a morning person. The thought of waking up early has always made me cringe, and for some reason I just seemed to get along better with super late nights. For the past few months though, I’ve actually been able to follow more of a morning schedule, and I have to say I’ve been enjoying it immensely.
The thing that I’ve come to understand about being a morning person is that it’s something you can train yourself to become if you’re not naturally that way, and quite easily might I add. The biggest thing I’ve found that allows me to be a morning person is to make sure I get plenty of sleep the night before. This is crucial – you have to get enough sleep each night if you want to make waking up early an easier task. On the nights when I go to bed early and get a full 8 or 9 hours of sleep, my body just wakes up naturally without the need of any alarms. However, when I’ve stayed up later than I should’ve, I find it incredibly difficult to wake up early and end up hitting “snooze” a few too many times.
To ensure you have an easier time of getting enough sleep each night and becoming a morning person, here are some things I highly suggest doing:
- Be strict with your schedule and make getting enough sleep a priority
- Eliminate any caffeine intake at least 6 hours before bed
- Follow a before bed routine that makes you feel cozy, relaxed, and pampered
- Make sure your bedroom is clean and comfortable in order to cultivate a calm space for sleep
- Do a bit of light stretching before bed so you’re less likely to have restless legs or stiff limbs in the middle of the night
- Go to bed early so you’re not rushing yourself to fall asleep
- Consider using a sleep mask to block out any light that may disturb you
Making it a habit to go to bed early has been so crucial in allowing me to become a morning person. Most nights I’d usually stay up until the early hours of the morning, but now I actually look forward to getting ready for bed around 9 or 10pm. Maybe it’s become a bit easier for me as I grow older, but whatever the reason I am incredibly thankful. Instead of waking up around noon feeling stressed and unrested, I now wake up naturally around 5 or 6am and feel better both mentally and physically.
An added bonus of this schedule is that I have the entire day ahead of me – no missing out on blog photos because the good lighting already passed or rushing around to get deadlines met. Becoming a morning person has done incredible things for both my mental health and the way I run my business.
Do you struggle with being a morning person or does it come naturally?