How to wake up earlier, a field guide to getting off to a great start!

Are you tired of hitting the snooze button and starting your day feeling rushed and behind? Trust me, I know how you feel! I’m not a morning person either. I’ve struggled with waking up early most of my life. But once I had kids I knew I needed to make changes so I could manage our days better, and find a little extra time for myself.

Secrets of Morning People

If you want to become a morning person and start your day off right, here are a few tips to help you wake up earlier and create a productive morning routine:

  1. Gradually adjust your bedtime. If you want to wake up earlier, it’s important to go to bed earlier as well. Gradually adjust your bedtime by going to bed 15-30 minutes earlier each night until you reach your desired wake-up time.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. A relaxing bedtime routine can help you sleep better and wake up feeling rested. This could include activities such as reading, journaling, or taking a warm bath. Avoid screens (phone, TV, computer) for at least an hour before bedtime as the blue light they emit can disrupt your sleep cycle.
  3. Invest in a comfortable bed and bedding. A comfortable bed and bedding can make a big difference in your sleep quality. Invest in a comfortable mattress, pillows, and blankets that will help you sleep soundly.
  4. Set a consistent wake-up time. It’s important to set a consistent wake-up time, even on weekends, in order to establish a healthy sleep routine. If you have trouble waking up, consider using an alarm clock or setting multiple alarms.
  5. Create a morning routine that works for you. A morning routine can help you start your day off on the right foot and set the tone for the rest of the day. This could include activities such as exercising, meditating, or making breakfast. Experiment with different morning routines and see what works best for you.
  6. Get some sunlight. Exposing yourself to sunlight in the morning can help regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and boost your mood. Try opening your curtains or blinds as soon as you wake up to let in natural light.
  7. Drink a glass of water. Dehydration can affect your energy levels, so start your day off by drinking a glass of water. This will help rehydrate your body and give you a boost of energy.
  8. Eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure to fuel your body with a healthy, balanced breakfast. This could include whole grains, protein, and healthy fats.
  9. Get some exercise. Exercise can help boost your energy levels and improve your mood. Consider incorporating some physical activity into your morning routine, whether it’s a morning jog or a yoga session.
  10. Be positive. Starting your day with a positive attitude can set the tone for the rest of the day. Try starting your day off with some positive affirmations or gratitude practices to help set a positive mindset.

By following these tips and creating a morning routine that works for you, you can become a morning person and start your day off feeling energized and ready to tackle the day ahead.

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