Becoming a morning person might be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but I used to thrive on doing crafts until 4am. I’m still shocked I made it this far, I’m talking about going from 12pm riser to 8am without an alarm clock. Waking up and getting things done early in the day has had an incredible effect on my energy levels, demeanor and efficiency. I find myself feeling more inspired to do the things I’ve been wanting to do such as morning yoga, journaling my dreams and making a big, healthy breakfast. I get more done on my to-do list than ever before, and I even have enough energy to go for the occasional run before 9am. If someone told me I’d be running before 9am a few months ago I would’ve laughed in their face and asked them to stop threatening me. So if you want to learn how to be one of those crazy morning people who get shit done early, this is how I did it.
Figure out how much sleep you need
The most vital part of becoming a morning person– not being a late night person. Normal is obviously dependent on how much sleep you need + what time you want to wake up. For me 12am-1am is currently normal since I only need 7 hours of sleep– anymore than 7 hours I just won’t wake up (ever). To figure out how much sleep your body needs pick a day you don’t have to be up for anything and go to bed without setting an alarm. Whatever time your eyes open up all on their own, that’s your approximate time needed for a full night’s sleep. Now pick a time you want to wake up on a daily basis, and subtract. Congrats, you officially have a bedtime again.
Develop a morning routine
The second most vital part of becoming a morning person, giving yourself a morning purpose. Without a reason to wake up in the morning we easily convince ourselves to sleep more than necessary. Having something to look forward to in the morning is motivation for getting out of bed the second your eyes open as opposed to snoozing. You can start slow, such as writing a journal entry about your dreams + your goals for the day. This is a nice way to wake up while still staying in bed for a little longer. From there you can add on things such as gentle yoga, tea or coffee, walking around the block and a nice breakfast. The more you follow your routine the more you’ll find yourself being inspired by it.
Develop a nightly routine
This can help you work towards going to bed at a normal time since having a nightly routine puts you in the mindset of preparing for sleep. Chamomile tea and a chapter of a good book is a great place to start. Give yourself an hour or so before you want to shut your eyes. If you’re still feeling too energized to sleep try coloring or journaling to relax your mind.
Whether you’re just waking up or about to go to sleep, doing a session of yoga + meditation can help prepare your mind for the day to come or for dreamland. During your practice it’s always good to set an intention, so if you’re looking to wake up your body and mind for the day make your intention to energize. Otherwise, if you want to get a great nights sleep, set your intention for relaxation.
There’s nothing some good ‘ol endorphins can’t fix. If you find you’re especially tired in the morning try stretching out, going for a walk or run, jumping up and down, whatever you want! Exercising will give you energy for the day and make you nice and sleepy in time for bed. You don’t have to go crazy, the important thing is you find an exercise routine you enjoy and make it habit.