It’s Monday morning again, 6 am and time to go to work. You hit that snooze button on the alarm and dread getting out of bed. You ask yourself,
“How do other people do it? How can I become a morning person?”
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How to become a morning person starts with the day before, this includes activities, meals and anything else that precedes sleep.
The last meal of the day should not contain caffeine or alcohol as this can inhibit sleep and cause one to feel tired the next morning.
Meals should not be consumed too close to bedtime nor should it contain high fat, high sugar or hard to digest foods. This will sit on the stomach and make sleep very difficult.
Activities right before bedtime should not be highly stimulating to the mind such as watching television or the news, this can illicit feelings of restlessness, anger or sadness.
Bedtime should be pleasant, the mind can be calmed and sleep will come peacefully!
Eliminating all distractions
Consider eliminating those blue light devices in your bedroom as they can also interfere with sleep.
Devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, PCs etc. all have a negative effect on the brain.
A great way to become a morning person involves going to bed a little earlier than usual.
In other words, if regular bedtime is 10:30 pm and this causes you to sleep in until 7:30 am then consider going to bed an hour earlier at 9:30 pm.
Meditation, deep breathing exercises or progressive relaxation of the muscles and body can also help one to sleep deeply. This can be done a few minutes before getting into bed.
These techniques will help with calming the mind and brain to enhance better sleep.
Some tips to becoming a morning person after waking up include:
– Turning on the light as soon as possible as this interrupts the sleep pattern and signals that the new day has begun.
– Letting the alarm sound for a few extra seconds as this noise will also signal that it is time to wake up.
– Washing the face with COLD water is also another way to get refreshed, tingled and alert.
– Having a hot cup of coffee or green tea with caffeine will also stimulate and keep one awake.
– Putting on gym clothes and doing some at-home exercises such as stretching, yoga or aerobic exercises will get the blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and body.
Planning for tomorrow
Although becoming a morning person starts with planning the night before, one must have the goal that he/she will get up in the morning and get through the day without feeling sluggish.
This can be done by creating a to-do list in the calendar to ensure productivity.
I can speak from experience, I have always been a morning person and having those few extra hours in the morning allows me to accomplish a lot more tasks with a fully rested body and mind.
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