Whether you’re a busy mom or dad, a student, or something else entirely, mornings may not be your friend. Instead, you might well and truly label yourself a night owl, and be of the firm belief that you’ll never be an early bird.
This, however, is simply not true. I was once a night owl, but no longer. I can't say it was entirely easy to make the switch, but now that I have, I feel so much better and get more accomplished in a day's time. A lot of it depends on your own personal habits, and what you have programmed your body to do. As a result, this means that with a little hard work, you can totally turn this around!
Here are a few tips to get started:
Routine is King!
Most of us operate much better when we are in a routine. Establishing a routine is the best way to instruct your body to wake up early. And, the more your body wakes up early, the easier it will become. So, when you set an alarm, stick to it. Don’t rely on the snooze button. In fact, don’t use it at all! Keep the routine going on the weekends. You might know it's your day off work, but your body doesn’t! Lying in for an hour or more will reverse the hard work you’ve been doing training your body clock.
Of course, part of the success of sticking to an early morning wake up call is to get to bed at a reasonable time the following evening.
Get Your Fuel Early
Start your day with breakfast of some kind whether it's solid food or liquid such as a protein drink or smoothie. I'm not usually hungry first thing in the morning, so I like to start with tea. There is no one best way to get nutrition in you early in the day. Do what works for you.? Get your fix before breakfast, or at breakfast, so it gets to work early on. This way, you’ll feel less sluggish and rough first thing.
As an alternative to coffee, I like matcha tea, which has 10X the power of normal green tea. It's green tea in powder form, and you can drink it a variety of ways. If you're looking for something more along the lines of a protein drink, everyone loves Milo chocolate drinks. They come with nutrients and several vitamins too.
Awake to a Sun Light
It's much easier to be a morning person in the summer months when the sun rises at 5:00 am. However, once fall and winter hit, it's a different ball game. The spring and summer months, I rise naturally with the sun. But in late autumn and winter, you won’t get to experience this. As a result, supplementing with an alternative such as Sun Lights can be beneficial to giving you an easy early start. Sun Lights are also sometimes referred to as SAD lights, as they assist with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Alternatively, there are also alarm clocks that wake you by slowing brightening over the course of an hour or more.
Before long you'll be a morning person and your days as a night owl will be a distant memory.
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