Do you think 6 a.m. as a rise-and-shine hour should be just….banned?
If so – and you already know where we’re going with this – you probably aren’t a “morning person.”
Why Would Someone Want to Even BE a Morning Person?
Morning people are more productive, proactive, relaxed, and intentional about the work day ahead. They also are happier and healthier than night owls, possibly because our whole working world is built around hours in which early risers shine.
In addition to being happier, morning people tend to have healthier habits because it’s easier to eat at the times society says we should eat and it’s also not as difficult to exercise (because an 8-5 workday can allow these happy dawn greeters to get a workout in before heading to work, thus getting all-important exercise “out of the way”).
The Early Bird Does Get the Worm
Morning people also tend to be more successful in their work lives than later risers. So if you’re more of a night owl who has decided she wants to become more like the larks (and reap the career rewards of being so), we’ve put together some tips you can try to wean yourself from your pillow at 6 a.m.
1. Get more sleep, and slowly wake up earlier each day.
To get more sleep while rising earlier, you’ll have to go to bed earlier. Start slowly: try 15 minutes earlier each night for a week, then 30 minutes each night the next week, and so on. You’ll then want to arise 15 minutes earlier in that first week, and so on.
Don’t watch television or look at your smartphone while in bed, or even an hour before. Screen time before bed is proven to keep you awake. That blue light just does a number on your melatonin, which regulates your sleep/awake cycle.
2. Get ready for work before you go to bed.
Decide what clothes you’ll wear the night before and place them neatly somewhere you’ll easily access them in the morning. Program your coffee pot the night before to start brewing a few minutes after your morning alarm goes off. Pack a lunch; have your keys in the same place every day, etc. Doing this allows you to get out the door quickly without a lot of stress.
3. Once awake, do something positive.
Don’t dawdle about in bed, get up and do. Meditate. Exercise. Cook a healthy breakfast. Kiss and hug your spouse/partner/kids. Listen to a podcast or read a chapter in a book. Just don’t check e-mail or your phone for messages: they’ll be waiting for you at work.
Instead, let the morning be about you. Make at least a part of it a pleasant ritual, something you’ll look forward to, something that helps you get out of bed.