If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to bounce out of bed in the morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, you’re not alone. For many of us, it’s simply a question of biology, with some people wired up to rise with the sun while others are night owls. But, just because you’re not a natural early-bird doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to be one. Here are a handful of top tips to try if you want to become a morning person…
Get a good night’s sleep
The first (and admittedly most-often infuriating) top tip for becoming a morning person is often to get get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Of course, it isn’t always possible to sleep well, and that can be for a number of reasons: stress at work, a partner who’s keeping you awake, or even for reasons you haven’t yet figured out yourself yet. However, there are things you can do to make a good night’s sleep more likely. As well as turning off screens half an hour before going to sleep and setting yourself a regular ‘bedtime’ routine to signal to your brain that it’s time to sleep, the most important thing you can do is invest in a bed that is really comfortable.
So, figure out whether you need a firm or a soft mattress, decide what kind of base and headboard you want, and consider whether or not you need a mattress topper or memory foam layer to make your sleep even deeper. You’ll find all of these things online from somewhere like Divan Beds Centre, and they’ll certainly make a marked difference to how you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning: your bed is worth every penny you spend on it.
Think about your window dressings
Your bedroom design has a role to play when it comes to becoming a morning person, and it’s all to do with your window dressing. While white semi-transparent curtains look great on Pinterest, they don’t do a great job of preventing your neighbour’s security light from shining in your eyes while you’re drifting off to sleep. So, invest in a black out blind to ensure you’re not being disturbed by the light outside. You may also want to buy gadgets online that fit to your blind, automatically opening them when the sun has risen so that you can wake to natural sunlight if you find that doing so helps you to become more of a morning person.
Get out of bed to turn off your alarm
Also, consider using your bedside table for something other than your trusty phone. Many of us sleep with our phones beside our heads, but aside from the reported risks that are associated with doing so, it’s actually a good idea to move your phone away to help you get up in the morning. Position your phone on the other side of the room so that you have to get up to turn off your alarm: you won’t bother snoozing if you’re already on your feet – trust us! And, as a bonus, you can start using your bedside table for something more relaxing, such as a stack of good books.
Have something to look forward to at breakfast
Nothing in the cupboards but toast and jam? No wonder you don’t fancy getting up in the morning! Make breakfast a reason to get out of bed in the morning, either by allowing yourself extra time to cook a breakfast you love, or by prepping your breakfast the night before. Tucking into a bowl of overnight porridge oats that you prepared after dinner the previous evening, or enjoying the ritual of brewing a high quality coffee, really goes a long way towards becoming a morning person.
Do something purposeful
Now that you’re up and ready to go, what can you do with your time to make the most of the fact you’re not languishing in bed? Figuring this out is one of the most important steps towards becoming a morning person, as having a specific purpose for getting out of bed makes it an awful lot easier. If you love the endorphins after you’ve had a workout, go for a run or head to the gym in the morning. On the other hand, if you’re always longing for more time to read or have always fancied starting a blog, why not do that in the morning? Once you’ve woken up fully, you’ll be alert and ready to use those hours in the morning in a way that makes getting out of bed worth it to you.