Mornings can be brutal. Sometimes all we want to do is stay in bed and press snooze all day. But we have to get up eventually, so we might as well try to enjoy the mornings. Here are a few ways that you can use to trick yourself into becoming a morning person.
Practice a good sleep schedule
Keeping a consistent sleep schedule is one of the best ways to make sure you are getting quality sleep. Start by moving your bedtime forward by just 15 minutes at a time. Adjustments larger than that will keep you bouncing between early and late bedtimes rather than creating lasting change.
Have a routine
Having a regular evening routine will help you relax, and signals to your mind that it’s almost time to fall asleep. An example of this could be drinking a cup of decaffeinated tea and reading or 20 minutes each evening before bed.
Any type of light can shift circadian rhythms making it harder to sleep at night. Even being on electronics makes it less likely for you to fall asleep. Studies have shown that blue light emitted by electronics such as phones and laptops disturbs sleep more than natural light. Turning off electronic screens at least an hour before bed makes falling asleep easier.
Don’t know what to do during that electronic-free hour? Prep for the next day like packing your lunch or laying out your clothes for the next day. Shortening your morning to-do list can make it easier to roll out of bed.
Temperature, noise, light, and comfort can all impact your ability to sleep well. A cool, quiet room (around 65 degrees) has been shown to be an effective sleep environment. And if your mattress leaves you achy, you’ve got a good excuse to upgrade!
Give yourself a reason to get out of bed early. Make a meaningful goal that you’ll be able to achieve by starting the day earlier such as being able to get in a morning workout or making yourself a nice breakfast.
Play a mind game
The alarm goes off, and the immediate temptation is to hit snooze. Go ahead, do it — but then stay out of bed for those next nine minutes. The idea of the so-called “inverted snooze” is to ease the pain of waking up by telling yourself you only have to stick it out for nine minutes. Move around, stretch, start brewing coffee — anything to keep yourself awake. By the time the alarm goes off again you should be awake and alert enough to start your day rather than still grumpy in bed and (likely) hitting snooze again.