7 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

Some of the most annoying people in the world are those who launch themselves out of bed each morning, rubbing their hands excitedly at the prospect of another commute into town. However, most of us cower under the bed-sheets, slowly coming to terms with the recently muted alarm clock which has just penetrated our very being.

Nevertheless, waking up all bright eyed and bushy-tailed needn’t be a trait associated with the pathologically insane. There are actually a number of methods we can all employ to help ensure we are fresh and raring to go once hell’s bell starts to ring. So here are a few tips that MIGHT turn you into a morning person.

Go to bed earlier
Bit of a no-brainer this one. The longer you stay up, the harder it’s going to be get up early. So try to hit the sack an hour earlier in the week. If you tend to stay up late to watch television or mess about on your tablet then stop! You can always record your favorite TV program. And do you really need to be on your tablet or laptop at some un-Godly hour?

Consistency
Once you’ve decided on how much sleep you need (most of you should have a rough idea), establish a consistent bedtime and wakeup time. By keeping a consistent routine, you’re helping your body to adjust and regulate itself.

Dim the lights
If possible, dim your bedroom lights to encourage the release of melatonin. This will make you sleepy and help wind your body down so that you’re more relaxed and ready for unconsciousness. Bright lights should be avoided as well as caffeine or alcohol before bedtime.

Sleep Prep
Some opt to watch TV to help them get to sleep. However, television, no matter what the program is, can actually stimulate the senses, making it harder to drift into sleep. Instead, consider reading a book before bedroom. It’s a quiet activity and sometimes proves helpful at inducing drowsiness, especially when in the reclined position.

Blackout Blinds
Choose blackout blinds that will block the glare from natural light so that it doesn’t interfere with your sleep. This can sometimes be a problem, particularly in the summer months when the mornings are lighter.  Blackout blinds also promote complete darkness which promotes better, deeper sleep.

Natural Light Alarm Clock
Natural light alarm clocks such as those from Lumie are becoming increasingly popular at the moment. They work by gradually waking you up with increased light, which helps to promote a healthier sleep cycle. Users have spoken of feeling more alert and energetic during the day. Many of us could do with a bit of that! Once you’ve chosen the right alarm clock for you, be shrewd about where you locate it. Try to avoid putting it on your bedside table, instead placing it on the other side of your room. That way you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off. Remember, the snooze button is bad.

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