Getting up at 6 or 7 in the morning can be a nightmare, and we’ve all been there; hitting that snooze button 10 times before actually getting up. But did you know that this is actually bad for you? As a student I know how hard it can be to get out of bed on a cold rainy Autumn morning and head to a two-hour lecture at 9 am. Well I found ways to make sure that I am well rested and awake the next morning when my alarm goes off. This is how you can become a morning person.
Get more sleep
This point might sound so obvious, but a lot of people don’t really know how many hours you need to feel rested. A young adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep, and you won’t get that many if you go to sleep at 2 am. To make sure you get enough sleep, go to sleep at a reasonable time. 11 pm for instance. If you fall asleep at 11.30 and wake up at 6.30 that will give you exactly 7 hours of sleep which is enough for a human body to function correctly. Furthermore, getting enough sleep will increase your productivity and motivation during the day.
Have a night time routine
Get in a habit of doing the same thing before heading to sleep each night. This will send hints to your brain and after a while when you’re doing your routine, your body will know you’re getting ready to bed so it will automatically prepare itself. Having this in mind, make sure that you minimise your use of phones or tv before heading to sleep; don’t look at a screen at least an hour before going to bed. It will help you get to sleep faster. Before going to bed, read a book in bed for thirty minutes or drink some tea. It will get you into a relaxing cycle meaning that your body won’t have as much trouble falling asleep when time comes.
Get up at the same time everyday
Try and be consistent. Get up at the same time every day as this will stabilise your circadian rhythm. This means that your body will get tired at the same time every night. This will also allow you to have the right amount of sleep.
'Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise', Benjamin Franklin.
Do not go to sleep full or hungry
This is so important; do not head to sleep if you are hungry or full. Going to sleep full can cause digestive problems due to the fact that you are lying down and not in an upright position which will prevent you from digesting food. It is advised that you eat at least two hours before going to sleep. However, going to sleep hungry can also cause problems. It can wake you up during the night due to the hunger pains. As well as that, it reduces your metabolism functions which can slow your body’s ability to convert protein into muscle.
Prep the night before
In order to have a good productive morning, make sure to get prepared a night before. This could simply be choosing your outfit for the next day, preparing a quick and easy breakfast or backing for your work or university. It will save you some time in the morning meaning you will have time to do more important tasks.
Don’t hit the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button is actually really bad for your health. Snoozing basically tells your brain that you can go back to sleep except it is not a full cycle; it only lasts around ten minutes. The next time your alarm goes off again, you wake up while your body is starting a new cycle and it is the worst time to be woken up at. You are messing with both your brain and body. To make things easier for yourself, set your alarm out of reach. This will force you to get out of bed once the first alarm goes off.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day therefore, make sure that you eat a healthy well-balanced breakfast. This doesn’t have to be fancy. Here are a few easy and simple examples of breakfasts that will fill you up until lunch:
Eggs – omelette, scrambled eggs
Greek yoghurt with fruit, chia seeds/flaxseed and honey
If you are like me and get hungry around 11 or so, carry a cereal bar, some nuts or a fruit with you at all times.