5 easy ways to become a morning person

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qtq80-3YTiSnEverybody does it!  We set the alarm clock every night with good intensions of getting up early, but instead find ourselves hitting the snooze button over and over again.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to become a morning person?  Great news!  You can with these 5 easy steps.

  1. Change your routine by turning in and setting your alarm earlier.  Did you know that it takes about 2 weeks to change a routine?  Well, if you tend to stay up late, start to change that routine by going to bed a little earlier.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you will fall asleep; we are always much more tired than we know.  In addition, if you set your alarm clock 15-20 minutes earlier than you normally do, you will be able to ease into the day rather than being jolted out of bed.
  2. Shut everything off.  No television or electronics before bedtime anymore.  Stimulating the brain with cell phones and laptops doesn’t enable you to calm down and fall asleep as easily.  Although the idea of going to bed in darkness may be tough to swallow, once you’ve done it a few times you wake up realizing how quickly you fell asleep, you’ll never go back.  Try doing something calming before bed like taking a bath.
  3. Maintain a sleep schedule.  Studies how shown that lack of sleep and inconsistent sleep can cause brain damage.  So do your best to keep the same sleep schedule each night, once you do this and incorporate the steps above, you’ll wake up feeling energized each morning.
  4. Reward yourself with breakfast.  Sleep is essential to your health, but so is starting the day with breakfast.  Walking out the door with just a coffee in your system is not going to help you become a morning person.  Instead, it’s going to make you grouchy and fatigued.  You don’t have to eat full plate of food, but some protein like a hard-boiled egg will transform your mornings.  Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs here.
  5. Morning exercise.  Most people would choose sleeping in that extra 20-30 minutes over exercise any day.  But did you know that exercising in the morning will actually give you more energy in addition to making you feel happier throughout the day than that little bit more of sleep?  Try one of these short quick workout DVD’s here.

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