If you know me, you know I am a morning person.
If you know me really well, you know I’m a morning person who DOESN’T drink coffee.
I truly believe that being a “morning person,” is a myth, and that we are all meant to rise with the sun (and in winter, before the sun). As I mentioned in my last post, I read a study recently that said 85% of people are “morning people,” ie people who feel better and more productive when they’re up earlier. And I totally agree. I have always been a morning person (aside from a year or so in my teenage years where all I wanted to do was sleep), and I’ll tell you my methods below.
Go to sleep. This is the #1 way to be a morning person. Stop going to sleep at 1, 2, 3am, and go to sleep at a reasonable time. Obviously there are extraneous situations where this isn’t possible, but on a day-to-day basis there really isn’t an excuse for going to bed so late (obviously this doesn’t apply to medical conditions that prevent sleep).
If you were thinking of making the argument about schoolwork keeping you up late, I am here to tell you that I survived 4 years of undergrad without pulling a single overnight. In fact, I was never up past 2am doing school work, and even that only happened once or twice a semester. If you can prioritize your sleep over other non-essential tasks (hanging out at the local coffee spot with friends, going to the mall and spending money you don’t have, etc.), you WILL almost always be able to get to bed at a reasonable time. In general, if you prioritize your sleep, you will be more productive.
Prep for bedtime. Get yourself into a state of relaxation before bed. For me, this means putting my phone away, doing my Nighttime Skincare Routine, and drinking a HUGE glass of water. Depending on the day there are other steps that I take that may include:
- Melatonin– I take this if I’ve had trouble sleeping for a few nights or am wound up from exercising or watching a movie.
- Lavender essential oil– If I’m going to bed earlier than usual I’ll massage this on my temples and the base of the back of my head to help me get relaxed for bed.
- A bath– This one realistically only happens on days off or weekends, but it just gets me ready for a full night of sleep.
- Bedtime tea– This is my favorite bedtime tea.
Stop snoozing your alarm. I know you’ve heard this before. It’s because it works!! Snoozing your alarm does nothing for you aside from postponing getting your day started. Realistically you DO NOT get more sleep because of it– it’s just an instant gratification habit that you should break. Instead, set your alarm for the time you need to be up, lay in bed for a minute to wake your brain up, and then start the day!
Drink a glass of cold water when you first wake up. This will help to rehydrate your body and get your blood flowing for the day. I don’t really need to say anymore on that.
Shower in the morning. This is one that I do still struggle with, as there’s something about getting a littttttle bit more sleep because you showered the night before. However, if you have a lot of trouble waking up in the morning, showering in the morning is a great way to wake yourself up quickly and avoid the need for caffeine. Maybe get yourself some body wash that smells amazing so you can really get excited for the shower!
Eat breakfast. I am super religious about this one. Eating breakfast also helps to get your organs moving and ready for the day. I find that on days when I skip breakfast (literally like twice a year), I am noticeably more drowsy and disconnected from my morning. This one is essential for getting yourself awake and fueled, but also for helping your metabolism get kick started for the day.
Even if this means grabbing a granola bar and some tea, anything is better than nothing. Some days I’ll prepare a Michelin star meal (eggs and toast with vegetarian sausage lol), while other days all I can muster is Peanut Butter Captain Crunch with some almond milk. Either way, breakfast is important.
Exercise. This is one that I struggle with sometimes as well, but I do try to stretch out every morning. I sometimes only spend 5 minutes stretching, while other days I’ll go to a 90 minute hot vinyasa. Again, this helps to wake your body up and get the day started. This is probably the best way to wake up, but is also the hardest to commit to.
I know you may be thinking “Kira you’re a morning person, you don’t understand!!!!” But I assure you, even though I am a morning person, it is still difficult to wake up. For me, being a morning person means that I enjoy my mornings and tend to wake up a little faster than other people. The initial waking up process is still really rough!I know that it can be very difficult to drag yourself out of bed some days, but doing these things will help. Even just doing one or two of them will help to make mornings less horrible!