Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I was more of a morning person”? When I graduated college in 2014, I found myself saying that ALL THE TIME, but nonetheless, if I wasn’t working that day, I could easily be in bed until 11 or 12, especially when it came to the weekends.
I would stay up until 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning watching a show on Netflix; saying “just 1 more episode” about 5 times before finally turning it off or falling asleep while watching it. Even though I got 9-10 hours of sleep by sleeping in, I woke up exhausted, felt like I was missing out on half of my day, and frustrated at myself for not being more productive.
Fast-forward to 2019 and guess what time I wake up, on average, every morning (even weekends)?!? 5:00 AM GUYS! During the week I wake up even earlier than that to get a workout in before heading off to work. Crazy, right? For someone who always wished for it, but never thought it would be possible, I am now “a morning person”, bright-eyed and full of energy. My workout buddies and boyfriend can attest to the fact that I’m sometimes “way too” energetic for the early hours of the morning.
This transition didn’t happen overnight, and took some trial and error, but below are 5 tips I have for mastering becoming a morning person that have worked for me, and if you’re looking to wake up a little earlier in the AM, may work for you too!
1. Go to bed earlier. I found that even though I was getting 9-10 hours of sleep by going to bed at 1AM and waking up at 11AM, going to bed earlier, around 10PM, made waking up a heck of a lot easier in the morning.
2. Lay out your work clothes AND workout clothes the night before. When I would wake up in the morning, I found that I had so much to do (coffee, breakfast, packing lunch, letting the dog out), that the more I did the night before, the easier my morning routine was. It also made me feel more prepared for the following day, so my mind wasn’t racing while laying in bed.
3. Exercise in the morning. This is one thing that was a GAME CHANGER for me as a morning person and for my energy levels throughout the day. Working out in the morning made me feel better throughout the day, increased the likelihood that I would exercise, instead of being too tired at the end of the day to work out, and got my endorphins rolling, which increased my positive energy.
4. Be consistent. With any kind of change or habit you are working towards creating, consistency is KEY. Following the same routine daily will help your body adapt to the change and be more primed when you wake up in the morning or go to bed earlier in the evening.
5. Start gradually. Maintaining a new routine is not about drastically changing everything all at one time. It’s about making small changes that lead to big results. If your goal is to wake up at 6:00, and right now you can’t manage to roll out of bed until 7:30, work towards waking up at 7:15, then 7:00, and work your way back that way. If you haven’t worked out in the morning for a while, start with a goal of 2 days a week, then 3, until you’re able to wake up Monday through Friday for that early morning sweat session.
These 5 tips are what helped changed the game for me from being a noon-riser to a before sun-riser. I hope that some, or all of these tips can help you too!