Hi there! How many of you have to drag yourselves out of bed in the mornings? Do you ever hit the snooze button, 1, 2, 3+ times? Guilty right here! For years, I’ve hit the snooze button, only to feel more tired. I’ve researched countless tricks and tips to become a morning person, so let’s get started with my top 5 tips. Hope they work for you as well as they have worked for me!
Go to bed at the same time every night.
By going to sleep at the same time, you are programming your body and internal clock. Do this for a month, and you will naturally wake up without the help of an alarm clock. To be honest, this is my biggest struggle. As soon as Friday comes along, I stay up til 3am and wake up at 10. Same routine all weekend. Then monday morning comes along and I struggle! Try and avoid doing this. I can easily adjust this habit and I’m sure through time, I will stick to this rule. My reason for staying up so late on weekends is simply to make the most of my days off – spend time with my loved ones, watch movies, clean, organize, etc. On the rare occasion I go to bed early on the weekend, I feel guilty the next morning thinking I wasted my nights.
No electronics in bed.
In today’s technology filled world, people are glued to their phones, ipads, fill in the blank. Try to avoid scrolling through your phone while laying in bed. The screen light from electronics decreases your melatonin levels thus making it difficult to fall asleep. Another downside to being on electronics while in bed is time. Time flies while you’re playing Candy Crush for the millionth time or exploring Pinterest. If you can’t kick your habit, give yourself a time limit and stick to it.
Create a nighttime ritual.
Whatever calms and relaxes you could be used as a nightly routine before hitting the sack. Pour yourself some hot decaf tea, read a few pages of your favorite book, relax in a bubble bath, whatever soothes you. By doing this, it puts you in the night time mood and allows your mind and body to relax.
More often than not, tossing and turning in bed stems from stress or random thoughts you are having while attempting to sleep. Writing your thoughts down can help clear your mind. Whether it’s a to-do list, random worries, etc. writing can ease your mind and keep you at ease. If you are facing a decision, write a pros and cons list. If you’re dealing with financial burden, create a quick 5 minute budget. Thoughts inside your mind are stuck inside your mental blender, mixing nonstop until it’s released. Talking is great, but writing can be done no matter how late at night it is.
Take melatonin before bed.
Melatonin is a natural hormone your body produces that increases relaxation, calm, and promotes sleep. If you face sleep problems such as insomnia, there are natural melatonin pills available. There is no prescription required. Take 1-2 capsules (read the label!) an hour before bed and it will make you sleepy. I recommend speaking to your doctor prior to taking any sort of pill if you have any health concerns, especially since there are potential side effects.