Not all of us are born with the genes of a morning person. I, for one, do not have an internal clock set to wake me anywhere near sunrise. Although there’s nothing wrong with loving sleep, life often calls for us to be early risers. Here are a few steps that might make crawling out of bed at 6 am just a little bit less painful.
Change your sleeping patterns
More often than not, people who have a hard time getting up in the morning tend to stay up late. This can cause a vicious cycle of oversleeping and restlessness when it comes time to get some sleep. Instead of hitting the snooze button on the morning after a late night, force yourself out of bed. Although this can feel painful at the time, you’re really doing yourself a favor. This should nix any restlessness you would have at night, getting you to sleep earlier and making the next morning easier.
Waking up at the break of dawn might leave you feeling a bit groggy mid-afternoon. A nap will probably seem appealing, but don’t let it tempt you. This, too, can throw off your sleep schedule, leaving you wide-awake at night when you should be resting up. If you really can’t resist, try not to sleep for any more than 15-20 minutes (before your body has a chance to reach the REM sleep phase).
Exercise in the morning
Once you finally get yourself up, exercise may very well seem like the most unappealing option. However, this is probably the best way to give yourself the boost of energy you need to start your day. Try going for a short jog around your neighborhood, or if running isn’t your thing, do a quick yoga session to stretch out your body and stimulate your mind.
Eat a good breakfast
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. This is especially true if you’re lacking in energy. Try to eat something protein-rich like eggs, add in avocado for a healthy fat and have some multi-grain toast on the side to keep you full for even longer. Don’t have time to cook? Grab a protein bar and a piece of fruit before you run out the door.
If all else fails…
Coffee. Everyone has those mornings where they wake up late and need a boost to get the day going. This may not be the most healthful and logical approach, but sometimes there is just no way to get around it. So go ahead and make yourself a large cup and hope that the caffeine kicks in soon enough to get you out the door and where you need to be.
Being a morning person isn’t easy for everyone, but it certainly is a useful skill to obtain. With the right sleeping patterns and enough energy boosters, you can be on your way in no time. And remember: a little coffee never killed anyone.