If you’re a natural night owl, you know how hard it can be to wake up early and start your day. Some people are just not meant to be productive in the morning. But according to the sleep experts at Mattress Advisor, there are some things you can do to become more productive in the mornings, and maybe even consider yourself a morning person.
Benefits of being a morning person
If you’re not already convinced that being a morning person can have its benefits, here are some reasons:
- Morning people tend to be more productive throughout the day.
- Waking up and getting out of bed is easier – it’s actually something morning people look forward to.
- Morning people tend to have an easier time falling asleep at night, and therefore get better quality sleep.
- Morning people are usually optimistic people. Rising with the sun can have its benefits!
- Early risers also tend to be healthier and have a lower BMI.
How to become a morning person
If becoming a morning person is intriguing but your internal clock is working against you, read these five tips for transitioning from a night owl to a morning person.
Nevertheless, here are a few tips for becoming a morning person:
- Gradually adjust the time you go to bed.
You won’t become a morning person overnight. Waking up earlier and still getting the right amount of sleep requires you to go to bed earlier. But instead of immediately hitting the sheets three hours before your normal bedtime, start to gradually adjust the time you go to sleep by 15 minutes each night. It will make the transition much easier.
- Create a bedtime routine.
If you’re going to be successful at going to bed earlier, then you should make sure you’re setting your body and brain up for good sleep. Schedule a wind down routine that works for you and your schedule. Maybe it’s reading a book or taking a warm bath. Do what you can to eliminate phone usage at least an hour before bed.
- Skip nap time.
If you’re a regular napper who’s also trying to become a morning person, try and skip naps. Napping during the day can make it harder to fall asleep at night and therefore, wake up earlier.
- Avoid too much caffeine.
It might be too much to eliminate caffeine from your diet all together but try and reduce your caffeine consumption while you’re shifting your sleep schedules. This will give your body and brain the best chance of falling asleep and waking up at your ideal times.
- Schedule something to look forward to in the morning.
If mornings aren’t your thing, then having something to look forward to during those early morning hours can actually help you wake up. Maybe it’s a delicious breakfast or a brisk walk. Anything that helps you get out of bed earlier and with more energy can help!