If you’re anything like us, you and mornings don’t get along. That person who’s been running with their dog since 5 A.M. makes you sick, and you can’t imagine why anyone would want to be up before the sun. But waking up earlier can help ensure you have time for everything on your to-do list (and might even buy you some extra time to relax at the end of the day). Since “rising and shining” is easier said than done, we’ve made you a guide on how to become a morning person in five easy steps. Wakey, wakey!
Get more sleep
This one seems obvious, but it’s the most important. Going to bed earlier lets you get a full eight hours in, so that you don’t wake up feeling like you were out all night. The perfect time to hit the sack is 10 P.M., so that you don’t have nighttime FOMO, but can still be wide awake by 6 A.M. (ok, 6:30).
Turn it on
Checking your feed right before bed can fool your brain into thinking it’s not time to sleep, causing you to toss and turn all night. Not fun. Instead, check your social in the morning, so that you fool your brain into thinking you’re a morning person. Which you are (going to be).
Get up and out
Since your bed is a tranquil place of relaxation, you need to leave it ASAP. As soon as your alarm goes off, get up and do something that makes you move (like pouring yourself water with lemon or doing a few squats) to ensure you won’t dose off again.
Make mornings exciting
You’ll be way more committed to getting up early if there’s something to look forward to, so make mornings your happy time. Grab your tea or coffee and check your feed, workout, grab a book, or watch TV for twenty minutes to start the day off right.
Be consistent
If you wake up at the same time every day, you eventually won’t even need an alarm clock. Your internal clock also makes it easier to get up, with less of that “where the hell am I?’ feeling.