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1. Get to sleep
This may seem obvious, but when you wake up earlier, you need to go to bed earlier. Professionals suggest getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Be sure you’re still getting enough shut eye when you become an early bird!
2. Stick with a schedule, even on the weekends
Weekends are for sleeping in! Right? Well, not exactly. Experts suggest sticking to a very similar sleep schedule even on the weekends. If you want to sleep in, do so by about an hour maximum. Constantly shifting your routine causes your body to feel confused. It’s then harder to get back to your intended routine during the week days.
3. Make it hard to hit snooze
I get it, the snooze button can be a life saver. But experts say pressing snooze can leave you feeling more tired and groggy. Try placing your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. You can also try an alarm that forces you to solve a math problem or take a photo of another room in your house.
4. Work out first thing
Wake up with some fresh air! If possible, get outside in the sunlight. Take a walk, go for a run, or hit the gym. You’ll not only get your exercise done for the day, but you’ll soak in some vitamin D as well.
5. Do something positive
Start your day right! Do something that makes you happy. Spend some time reading or catching up on the latest magazine. Listen to your favorite feel good music while you sip coffee. If you love food, make yourself an elaborate breakfast. Find something that makes you feel positive and do it first thing in the morning. This will set the mood for the rest of your day.
6. Eat a good breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start your day with a good breakfast, a good day is sure to follow. Make sure you get all those necessary nutrients to keep you awake, energized, and ready to roll all day long.
7. Avoid the urge to nap
Sometimes a nap can call your name like water in the desert. It’s hard to resist closing your eyes for just a quick second. However, you really should resist. Taking a snooze during the day makes it more difficult for you to fall asleep as night. That makes it harder to wake up in the morning and in return, your entire schedule is out of balance.
8. Turn off the blue light
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times but put your phone away before bed. Studies show that the blue light emitted by screens (like your phone, iPad, or computer) shorten total sleep time, suppress melatonin production, and diminish sleep quality. Try unplugging a half hour before bed and reading before falling asleep instead. The results may surprise you!
9. The rule of 15
The rule of 15 is great if you’re nervous about a new morning routine. Typically, whenever a person jumps right into a new routine or lifestyle, it’s hard to make it stick. The rule of 15 suggests taking things slow and steady in 15-minute increments. If you want to wake up earlier, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier each week until you’re waking up at your desired time. If you feel sluggish during the day, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier as well. It’s a great way to dip a toe in to a new lifestyle.
10. Just do it
The final tip is…just do it. I know it’s hard, but sometimes you just have to set the alarm, stop hitting snooze, and get up. Once you’re up, everything gets a lot easier! It’s not glamorous, but it is effective: just do it. I believe in you!