How to become a morning person (& why?)
There always comes a point in life of a night owl when (s)he wants to become a morning person. When you have slept through all of the early mornings in your life, getting up early can be challenging.
While you must listen to your body to sleep and wake up according to your circadian rhythms, there are times when you can’t afford to always do that like an early morning meeting at work!
But should you try to become a morning person or continue to have a sore morning face in office at 8 AM? There’s clearly some advantage you see in getting up early – the fresh air, the morning calmness, and because every successful person says so! But why try to become a morning person at all?
But why not? There are several advantages to waking up early in the morning and enjoying the first rays of Sun.
Why to become a morning person?
You’ll be more productive
Many successful people share the common habit of waking up early. This gives them an extra time to think clearly before the chaos of the day consumes them.
Among the list of successful people who are early risers, see if you know any of them – Barack Obama, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Steve Jobs, Twitter and Square Founder Jack Dorsey, and the list goes on.
Certainly, these are some of the most productive people who are pretty serious about getting things done.
You’ll be clear-headed and stress-free
During the day, most of us have to work with other colleagues, clients, and bosses. It leaves us no time for self-analyzation or doing things on our own with a clear-headed mind.
You can utilise morning hours to do things that you wanted to do. Plan your activities well in the morning. Think about whether you need to change something in your day to be more productive. What are the activities that you have been continuing to do without getting good results? Are you sacrificing your family for your work and if yes, what could you do differently?
During daily grind, we tend to forget asking such questions to ourselves. And this leads to more stress. Waking up early also helps in reducing stress.
You will be a rockstar at work (or in school)
According to a study conducted on 800+ undergraduates by Kendry Clay of the University of North Texas, students who were morning persons had higher GPAs than the students who were “night owls” or evening types.
As we grow older, it is even more important to sleep early and wake up early. Our bodies need sufficient amount of sleep on time and if it doesn’t get that, it starts performing less effectively.
You’ll feel happier and healthier
Another common habit of highly successful people is to spend a few minutes exercising in the morning. Go out for a run, head to your gym or a nearby park to perform some exercise and you will feel much better through out the day.
If you exercise in the evening, try switching to morning exercise and you’ll feel the difference in your energy levels throughout the day.
If you are still reading this article, you are ready to become a morning person. And hopefully also know why you should be one.
How to become a morning person?
1. Plan your sleeping hours
Maintain a regular sleeping schedule that allows you to have sufficient sleep. Make a nice and fresh bed that helps in comfortable sleep. If you are tempted to watch TV or play a game, make sure that set an alarm to go to bed as well to wake up.
You can read a book before sleeping. And ensure that you start reading the book half an hour before your sleeping time. When you read the book, you are telling your brain that the next activity is to sleep.
2. Eat the right food
Eating the right kind of food before sleeping or during the dinner is very important. Certain foods like fried burgers, alcohol, chocolate or coffee can cause your sleep cycles to be disturbed and you must avoid them.
There are other foods like milk, or berries that are good for inducing sleep and you can have some of them before sleeping. Here’s a list of foods to avoid and consume before sleeping.
3. No distractions before sleeping
Most of us are too glued to either the TVs or computers even until late in the night. This is quite harmful to the sleep and ensure that you do not work on any electronic device at least an hour before the sleep time.
It means no TV, no laptops, no iPads and certainly no phones. Prolonged staring into the screens cause damage to the eyes and affect the brain and sleep negatively.
4. Plan for the next morning
Plan for your mornings too because that’s when you need the most motivation. Like sleeping, make a routine for your mornings. And write that down on a piece of paper. Most of the time we fail to follow a routine because we don’t plan and write it clearly.
Wake up, drink water, wear running gear, go to the nearby park, run for 15 minutes, come back home, do meditation, take shower, eat breakfast… you get the point.
If you are not a morning person, you won’t like to do anything in the morning that requires the use of your brain. So you must keep everything planned already. By doing it everyday, you ensure that you don’t have to consciously think about it all the time.
Write down your schedule on a paper.
5. Try an alarm that helps you to get up
If you are setting up your alarm on your phone, you might be putting it on snooze out of habit. Buy a new alarm that you are not familiar with or is difficult to put on snooze or helps you to get out of the bed.
Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation is an alarm clock that simulates the sunlight to wake you up naturally.
Ruggie is a rug alarm clock that can be switched off only by standing on it for 3 seconds, thus ensuring that you get out of the bed.
6. Drink water right after waking up
Gulp down a glass of water to bring life to your muscles and brain cells that might have been slightly dehydrated during the night. Drinking a glass of water right after you wake up freshens up your body and makes you feel better.
Drinking water is the easiest way to wake up your senses.
7. Drink Coffee to wake up your senses
If water doesn’t wake you up properly, drink small amount of coffee to hit your brain and open up your senses. Coffee works wonder, especially for those who have a difficult time staying awake in the morning.
8. Start the first activity immediately
Do not let your mood decide whether you want to do the first activity or not. Just wear your running shoes and go out for a run, if that’s your first activity.
Follow up on the morning plan without thinking much about whether you want to do it or not. In the beginning, you might not like it but slowly that will start to become a habit.
9. Exercise in the morning
Exercising is a great first activity to start your day. Instead of exercising in the evening, try exercising in the morning. It will make you feel more energised throughout the day.
You don’t have to go to a pay for an expensive Gym membership. You can exercise at home for 30 minutes and you will feel great. Just buy a Chin up bar, and adjustable dumbbells and you can train every muscle.
Try meditating for 5 minutes if you haven’t tried it yet. Focussing on your breathing without thinking about anything is a great way to relax and start your day.
10. Eat a healthy breakfast
Fuel your body with good food every morning. A healthy and nutritious breakfast is very important for two reasons. First, it helps your body recover from the over-night “fasting” and hunger. Second, it prepares your body to start the day with high energy.
Eat a heavy breakfast with right amount of macro-nutrients like Carbs, proteins and fats. Add juices, anti-oxidant fruits, oats, eggs, dry-fruits, or low-fat smoothies in your breakfast and you’ll feel like a champion.
11. Look forward to the mornings
Like any other habit change, you need to stay extra motivated in the transition phase. Rather than pushing yourself too hard, start looking forward to the mornings. Think about starting your day with the exercises that will make you fitter and smarter.
Give yourself a treat by having sumptuous breakfast that you look forward to waking up. Do more things that you like in the morning so that you don’t have to push yourself much.
Are you a morning person? Tell us what you love so much about getting up early in the morning. That might give us more motivation to start getting out of the bed earlier.