There's lots of information and research out there that shows people who wake up earlier tend to be more proactive, optimistic, less stressed, and healthier than those who hit the snooze. Umm...hello, that's a whole lotta good stuff! But...if you still struggle to crawl out from beneath the covers, here are some tips on how to become a morning person:
Get good sleep!
- Avoid food and electronics for at least an hour before bed
- Get a white noise machine (they're amazing) and a good mattress (equally amazing)
- Read a book or take a warm shower/bath before bed to trigger those drowsy feelings.
- One of the biggest tips is to wake up the same time every day (yes, even on weekends...sorry!)
- Start slow: start getting up 15 minutes earlier than the day before each day until you reach the optimal time
- Get moving as soon as/very shortly following your alarm going off. It helps get the energy flowing!
- Morning workouts can make a huge difference in your day (studies show increased chances of burning fat and building muscle by doing this...seriously, how much incentive do you need?!)
- Pick a workout you like, have an accountability partner, and have it on your schedule
- Have all your stuff picked out the night before, or sleep in your workout clothes if you have to!
- Especially if you're working out, it's essential to re-fuel properly in the morning
- Keep in line with your dietary preferences, but a good combination of something high in protein, moderate in complex carbohydrates and good fats is always a good way to go
Don't get us wrong, we're not saying you'll wake up every morning spewing rainbows and glitter, BUT, morning people almost always lead a substantially more productive, healthy life...so it's worth a shot!
Lindsay and Tim
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