Being a morning person does not come naturally. If anything it seems as if the complete opposite does!
For as long as I could remember, I stayed up until 1, 2, or 3 in the morning reading, talking to friends, texting, watching movies, and more. Occasionally I’d ask myself, “Can I become a morning person?” and I’d try it for a couple days but I always slipped back into old habits.
There was always something more to do at night. I was never “done” with the day’s tasks and, to be honest, once that time of night rolled around, I wasn’t ready to go to bed at all! My mind was racing, I had so much I wanted to do, and I’d completely forgotten the promise I’d made to myself just that morning that I was going to start getting to bed on time!
It became an endless cycle. I’d wake up in the morning grumpy, tired, unable to concentrate, and promise myself no more! I’m no longer going to this! I’d give myself the usual pep talk consisting of I have to get up in the morning, I can’t keep going through my days dead tired and unable to concentrate!
However, 6 pm would roll around and suddenly I was alert! I was wide awake and ready to do everything I’d been wanting to all day. I’d completely forget about the determination I’d had to get to bed or, even if I didn’t forget, I’d think to myself, “Oh I’m just not a morning person! I’ve never been one and never will be”.
When I had my first baby, I was in for quite a shock.
The first couple weeks my son never slept for more than 3-4 hours at a time.
I was so tired all the time and, after a few weeks, I started to become detached. I couldn’t function the way I used to be able to, and I noticed every time a bug went around, I picked it up. My body was literally breaking down from lack of sleep.
I knew I couldn’t take much more of it.
I had to get him on a schedule that would have him sleeping through the night and the only way to help him do that was if I was on a good schedule myself.
With this in mind, I sat down and outlined a set of daily goals, tasks, and schedules that would allow me to accomplish everything I needed to throughout the day, take care of my baby, and get to bed at a reasonable hour.
I included daily workouts in my schedule, a healthy meal plan, naptimes/playtime for my son, and a strict time to be in bed.
I’m not gonna lie, the first week or two was hard! It was so hard to get up in the morning, but I was determined to make it happen.
As I kept at it, each week got easier and easier. My mood changed drastically, my mind was sharper, and I wasn’t going through my days feeling hazy and wiped out. I also found that my son was actually much happier than he’d ever been now that he was on a schedule.
People who get into a daily routine and wake up early in the morning to start their day, have dozens of benefits. They’re healthier, happier, stronger, have higher metabolisms, and more.
Just for starters, here are 8 things I noticed myself when I finally turned things around.
8 Motivating Reasons to Become a Morning Person
1. Exercising early in the morning before breakfast burns more fat calories resulting in faster weight loss.
2. Exercising in the morning helps to clear your mind and gives you more energy throughout the day.
3. People who get 7-8 hours of sleep and wake up early generally have a higher metabolism.
4. People who get up early in the morning (but still get enough sleep) don’t get sick as easily because their body is better equipped to fight off infections.
5. Morning people are generally more reliable. They aren’t always rushing to get somewhere.
6. Being a morning person results in higher
proactivity and a greater ability to get things done.
7. People who get to bed early have a better memory and ability to concentrate; they’re more alert.
8. People who sleep in late are more likely to be stressed, overweight, depressed, and have higher blood pressure.
The benefits of getting to bed early and rising early are pretty amazing but, even with those in mind, it’s still hard to get to bed at an early hour when your body is used to going to bed late.
If it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it. You need be determined. You need a strategy that will allow you to succeed. You can’t just say I’m going to get up early in the morning no matter what; go to bed at 1 and get up at 6 then expect the benefits listed above.
If anything that will tear your body down more. Your success in getting up early in the morning doesn’t start when you wake up. It starts with your activities from the prior day and the time you get to bed at night. If you’re still asking yourself, “How can I become a morning person?”, here are some great tips on how to wake up early in the morning feeling refreshed, happy, and ready to go.
1. Get to sleep at a time that will give you 7-8 hours of sleep
A lot of night owls get to bed late because they suffer from insomnia. I myself suffered from it for years and didn’t go to bed early because I’d simply lie in bed until my body was ready to sleep. However, I found some great ways to combat it without having to resort to medication.
- Exercise in the morning: When you exercise early in the morning than proceed on with the rest of your day, your body is likely to be pretty tired by the time you lie down. You’re more likely to fall fast asleep.
- Eat dinner at least three hours before you head to bed: Eating dinner right before bed slows your metabolism down immensely and promotes fat storage. Instead of recovering from the day, rebuilding muscles, and performing other necessary functions as you sleep, your body has to spend the first couple hours digesting the contents of your stomach. As it does, where do you think that food is going to go? Well, it’ll be stored as fat. You’ll also have a harder time falling asleep on a full stomach.
- Don’t nap after three in the afternoon: Taking a short nap in the afternoon is a great way to get an energy burst. However, if you do it too late in the day, you’ll have a hard time falling asleep when bedtime rolls around.
- Leave your phone on the dresser: How many of you lie in bed at night then pull up your phone and play games, text your friends, get on Pinterest, or some other social media platform then got lost in them? Before you know it, 3 hours have gone by and your great start to getting to bed on time turns into failure. Set a time for yourself after which no more phone time is allowed so that you can just quickly get to bed.
- No TV in the bedroom: Even before I started waking up early in the morning, I decided I would never have a TV in my room. I wanted my room to be where I slept and TV to be something I did with friends or family. People spend so much time watching TV, (me included) and putting one in my room just gives me more access to something I don’t want to be spending any more time on! I don’t feel rested at all when I fall asleep to a movie. I hate waking up to find the TV still on and that battery of sound while you’re sleeping still affects your quality of sleep even if you sleep through it!
2. Work up to your ideal wake up time: If you want to wake up at five in the morning don’t change from 9 in the morning to 5 in the morning in one day! That’ll be so much harder on you then it needs to be. Instead, start by waking up at 8 for a couple days. Then, once that is working good for you, get up at 7 for a couple days. Each time you wake up at an earlier time, make sure you’re also getting to bed at an earlier time to make up for it.
3. Get up at the same time every day, routine is key!: Once you work up to your ideal wake time, make sure that’s the time time you get up every day. You’ll quickly find that you actually wake up before your alarm clock or right as it’s going to go off because your internal clock has been set for that time and you’ve gotten used to it. Our bodies really do crave routine, and if you go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, eat at the same time, every single day, you’ll find that as those times roll around that’s what your body is ready for. It’s ready to get up, eat, or go to bed!
4. Skip the Snooze: I’ve seen so many people suggest that if you want to get up early in
the morning you should set your alarm clock for a time that allows you to push snooze once or twice then get up. I’ve tried this and I don’t think it’s a good idea for those of us that are hoping to get into a good early morning routine. Do you really feel more rested with just five more minutes of sleep? I’ve found that by pressing snooze I’m actually more tired the second time the alarm goes off. Also, when I push it the first time it’s so much easier to push it again.
Once you’re awake, it’ll take time to get into a state where more sleep will do you good. A 5 or 10 minute snooze is not going to make you feel more ready to face the day. What will help you feel ready, is getting into a good routine. Get your body used to waking up when the alarm goes off. If you need to, move the alarm clock across the room.
5. Open the blinds: Natural light coming into your room really can help you wake up and feel more alert. Open the curtains or blinds in your room so that as the sun starts to come up, its rays shine on your face.
6. Drink a full glass of lemon water to get you started: Many people get up in the morning groggy and tired thinking they need more sleep but really they just need water to get their system going. Drink a full glass of lemon water first thing in the morning and it should help to clear your mind.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast: You’ve no doubt heard it, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Your body has been fasting for approximately 12 hours and putting something healthy into it is the best way to get a good start to your day! Skip the sugary cereal, or the doughnut and go for something that will keep you full and sustain you throughout your morning!
8. Be excited for the day to come: If you’re looking into ways to wake up in the morning, you must have a reason. Maybe you want to accomplish more throughout your day, maybe you want to stop going through your days feeling groggy or you’re tired of being seen as the person who can’t be counted on. As you go to bed, think of what you’ll get out of being an early morning riser. Anticipate what is going to come tomorrow and be excited for the opportunities it will bring!
Do you have additional reasons to be an early morning riser or tips on how to do it? What do you think of the ones I’ve listed here? Let me know by leaving me a comment below!