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Are you a morning person? I like to think of myself as an “afternoon person” – I’m tired in the morning and tired at night! Yep, that lovely photo is of me in the morning. My husband has always been a night person until more recently. Lately, he has been getting up earlier and is able to get more accomplished.
Why would you want to be a morning person?
Everyone knows the saying that the early bird gets the worm. But really, if you are happy as a night owl, why would you want to switch? According to Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD, assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University and associate director of the Sleep for Science Research Lab, “night owls tend to be more depressed […] and use alcohol more. [Morning people] generally sleep better, have more regular sleep patterns, and have more flexible personalities.” Also, according to a recent study from the University of Toronto, morning people tend to be happier and feel healthier than night owls.
So how do you become a morning person?
Now that you know how awesome being a morning person can be, how do you become one? Here are 4 things we have learned through my husband’s process of changing from a night to a morning person:
Create a restful environment
Light, noise, temperature, and comfort can all impact your ability to sleep well; so make sure to address all four of these.
- Power down – no computers, TVs, phones (eek), or tablets in the bedroom. The light from these devices can keep you from falling asleep.
- Control the noise in the room by playing relaxing music, sounds of ocean waves or even white noise.
- People tend to sleep better in a cooler room. Set your thermostat to around 65 degrees and cuddle up with your spouse under the blankets.
- Make sure that your bed is as comfortable as possible. This includes the mattress, sheets, and pillows.
Establishing a ritualistic schedule can help your body know what is to come. This means that you should do the same things every day before you go to bed and the same things when you get up every day. Maybe you brush your teeth, get out clothes for next day, read in bed for a half hour and then go to sleep. Do this EVERY DAY… including weekends. Maybe when you get up you stretch for 10 minutes, eat breakfast and then take a shower. Do this EVERY DAY… including weekends. Your body will begin to get used to the routine.
Make it difficult to stay in bed
Now that you have made your bed so comfortable, you may not want to get out of it in the morning! This is where your morning ritual and a couple of tricks can help you bounce out of bed. First, leave your bedroom curtains open. It is pretty difficult to stay in bed when the sun is shining in your face! Second, if you use an alarm clock, place it across the room. The act of standing up will help your body wake up. While you are up, DO NOT hit that snooze button!
Start the morning with something you love
Getting out of bed can be easy when you know you are going to be doing something you love. Just think about those Christmas mornings when you would wake up at 4:30 and want to open presents. What is something you love to do? Maybe it is reading the paper? Going for a walk? Sex? Eating breakfast? I know my 6-year old niece has to have at least 15 minutes of cartoons in the morning. It is part of her ritual, she loves doing it, and it helps her get up in the morning.
For me, it has always been coffee. I love the smell of it, the taste of it, and the warm feeling it gives me. Recently, I was walking around Walmart when I suddenly smelled my favorite smell… coffee. I turned the corner and saw a demonstration of the new McCafé coffee. While I was enjoying my free sample, I learned McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans harvested in the mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. They have 8 flavors to choose from, and it is available in bags and coffee pods (my favorite). The coffee was so good that I picked up the coffee pods to bring home. Plus, I went past the demo for a second (and third) sample. Don’t judge me… you know you’ve done the same thing before!
Are you a morning person? Do you have a morning ritual?
I’ve shared my tips for becoming a morning person. I’d love to hear if you have any ideas to add. Comment with your morning person tips!