Most successful people in this world are morning people. Which means they wake up early.
They start their day when the rest of us are still sleeping. This gives them a head start to the day and that, ladies and gentlemen, allows them to achieve more in their day than an average person.
But let’s face it, being an early bird isn’t something that comes naturally for most of us. Or at least it doesn’t come easy for me. It’s way easy for me to go to bed late than it is for me to leave early. Am the queen of the snooze button.
But sometimes I manage to wake up early. When I do, I find this gives me enough ‘me-time’ to concentrate on myself before I have to hit the door and leave for work.
There are many advantages to waking up early. Really, it’s something we should all do, and that is why today am sharing with you 6 tips that will help you become a morning person.
1. Go to bed early
This tip might sound like an obvious one but you will be surprised at the number of people that ignore this simple tip.
But this is an important tip because being a morning person does not start in the morning, it starts the night before.
If you are always sleeping in, chances are it’s because you are still tired and sleepy at dawn when the ‘early birds’ are leaving their beds. So try sleeping a few hours earlier so that when it’s dawn, your body will be fully rested to allow you that early start.
If you struggle with getting to sleep early, these tips below could help you:
switching off the lights in your room
A key factor in regulating sleep and our biological clock is exposure to light. Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake. In short, no matter the time of the day, light will trick the brain into thinking it’s still day. This makes it hard for our body to turn into ‘sleep mode’. Switching the rights off on the other hand, have an opposite effects. That’s why it’s easier to fall asleep in the dark than it is in the light.
As a matter of evidence, this study found that sleeping with the lights on causes shallow sleep and frequent arousal during the night. So please, do turn off the lights.
plugging off and putting gadgets away
Consider plugging off all electronic gadgets like the TV and the laptop just so you are not tempted to start scrolling or watching the next episode when you should be sleeping.
Journaling is a good way to empty your mind. It quietens the mind which makes it easier to fall asleep.
Meditation also works the same way journaling does. When meditating, I suggest you meditate on the word of God or what He has done in your life. This way, you will reap the double benefit of a peaceful mind and a grateful heart.
Cup of herbal tea
Most herbal tea are known to be sedatives, which means they will help you fall asleep. This is because they do not contain nicotine, instead they have great properties that are good for your overall health but also your sleep. There are a lot of choices out there, just go take your pick. I personally love ginger, cinnamon and lemon tea.
2. Phone outside the bedroom
Since you probably use your phone as an alarm, my second tip is to put it in another room. If that’s not possible, you can leave it in the room but make sure you place it far from your bed. Put it somewhere where you will have to get out of bed to turn it off once it starts ringing. This will drastically reduce the temptation to hit that snooze button. You may not even need more than one alarm with this strategy.
3. Wash your face as soon as you are up
Washing your face as soon as you are up will help you stay up. When that water hits your face, it will dissolve any remnant of sleep that lingered. This is a good strategy for staying awake once you wake up. After all, the last thing you want after waking up early is to go back to bed barely five minutes later.
4. Pull the curtains up right after waking up
Remember when we talked about the effect of light on our brain?
As soon as you are awake in the morning, pull the curtain to your bedroom up and let the first ray of sunlight strike you straight in the eye. This is a good way of sending a message to your brain and your body that it is in fact day time and thus time to be awake and active. Also, the light will make it hard for you to fall back asleep
5. Have something important to do once you wake up
Nothing motivates a person to wake up early than something they are looking forward to. So every night when going to be, make sure that the first thing you plan to do the next morning should be something that gets you excited. It could be some stretching (if you’re really into that), or some deep reflection, or spending some quality time with your loved ones… anything as long as it’s something that gets you excited.
For instance, the first thing I do most days is study the bible. And this has motivated me to wake up when I didn’t want to countless times. I find it hard to study the word of God later in the day so every time I want to sleep in I tell myself how I would be wasting my opportunity to study God’s word for that day. That works for me! Find what will work for you. But make sure that the first thing you are going to do once you wake up should not be something you dread. It should be something that will excite you enough to get you out of bed.
6. Be consistent
Consistency is more important than perfection.
Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London chonducted a study that showed that it takes an average of two months to form a habit.
So I dare you to commit to two months of dragging yourself out of your bed early in the morning. I promise you that before long, you won’t have to set the alarm to wake up early.
Consistency is key.
So there you have it. Those are some tips that I believe will help you become an early bird so that you can slay those goals without feeling sleep deprived.