Let’s do a little test: Do you hate the sound of your alarm? Okay, then you might not be a morning person. But don’t worry, we’re here to change your snooze-loving ways. Because as it turns out, you can actually teach yourself how to be a morning person. (Which is sort of needed for this whole adulting thing.)
After all, research shows that morning people tend to be happier and more agreeable—and who wouldn’t want that? Read on for tips to help you rise, shine, and show you how to be a morning person with the best of them.
This probably goes against everything you believe in, but yes, resist the urge to hit the snooze button. First of all, this will give you more time in the morning, which has its obvious perks.
But beyond that, most experts will tell you to wake up with the natural morning light. This is because it will help your set your body’s internal clock, which shifts your rhythm towards becoming a morning person.
So basically, the earlier, the better, and every round of snooze disrupts this process. If you need some help with the transition, consider getting an alarm clock that mimics the rising sun, which will help you wake up gradually and make the alarm less jarring.
Pro tip: Need a little extra motivation? Studies actually show that rising early is linked to greater wealth.
Congrats on not hitting snooze (hey, we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt here). But don’t just reach for the phone and start scrolling through social media or checking your email. Instead, get out of bed and move your body.
Now we’re not actually suggesting you do anything drastic like, gasp, going to the gym. How about just a few minutes of stretching? And maybe throw in some jumping jacks for good measure? Experts believe that morning activity helps you stay focused and think more clearly throughout the day.
Pro tip: Twenty minutes of moderate activity boosts your mood for the next twelve hours.
Need coffee in the morning? Buy a pot that you can pre-program. Do you usually stare at the closet and try to figure out what to wear? Pick your outfit the night before. Listen, mornings are tough, so anything you can do to save time and stress is a must.
Plus, forming a routine will help this whole waking up early thing feel more natural. Once something becomes a habit, it takes less willpower to actually complete the task, and instead becomes more of a second nature. In other words, it’s one step closer to retraining your brain on how to be a morning person.
Pro tip: Think about your entire day when planning the night before. For example, if you’re going to the gym after work, adding packing a gym back to your prep.
We’ve all heard at least 1,000 times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So there has to be something to it, right? The answer is yes, there absolutely is.
For starters, eating breakfast provides energy and brainpower, which will boost your memory and focus. So not only will you be fully charged to go after that work promotion, but the added nutrition helps maintain a healthy body weight. Talk about win/win.
Pro tip: Prepare some grab-and-go meals every Sunday, like overnight oats, yogurt, or eggs. There are plenty of easy recipes that you can make ahead of time.
It’s possible we saved the best for last, which is creating a sleep sanctuary. It might go without saying, but one major element of becoming a morning person is getting good sleep. Without that, you’ll never want to get out of bed.
This all starts with a supportive and comfortable mattress, so make sure that yours is up to par. If you find yourself tossing and turning, or waking up with back pain, it might be time for a new one. Your pillows and bedding should add to the cozy, sleep-inducing environment, so invest in bedding that does just that.
Ultimately, when you make your bed as inviting as possible, you’ll be more likely to go to sleep earlier and stay asleep throughout the night.
Pro tip: See what common things you should keep OUT of the bedroom for better sleep here.