First off, not everyone wants to become a morning person. I can testify to the fact that I’ve been a night owl for most of my life and it’s one of those things that is just a part of who I am. However, it seems as I’ve grown older (going to turn 30 next month) that I’ve started to enjoy early mornings just as I enjoyed late nights. Maybe it’s just the peace and quiet. Whatever it is, I know that I am a happier person when I get adequate sleep. Since I have to be up by 6am, staying up till midnight doesn’t mesh so well with the concept of well-rested. I also HATE the stressed out feeling of rushing out the door with my hands completely full and hoping I get to work without a speeding ticket. Not a great way to start the day.
For me, I’m so wired from the day at night that it’s hare to shut down and get to that sleepy place. I’ve forced myself to do a few key things that make going to sleep earlier and waking up a little easier.
1. Start the bedtime routine earlier than you actually think you should. I found that by going to my bedroom to get ready for bed by 9:15pm makes a big difference. It gives me that leisurely time to wash my face (maybe do a mask or exfoliate), brush teeth, get dressed in comfy PJs and check in on my little guy. All that stuff takes me at least 30 minutes.
2. After feeding and playing with Noah, I like to be sure the kitchen is cleaned up. My brain has a hard time relaxing when the house is a mess. However, I know it’s not reasonable to have a clean house all of the time BUT I can take the effort to be sure the dishes don’t pile up and the counters are cleared off. Maybe it says something about me but I feel more relaxed with an uncluttered kitchen counter.
3. Before heading upstairs to bed, I prepare my coffee for the morning and a cup of tea for that night. I’m definitely a coffee person in the morning but I love the warmth of a relaxing caffeine-free tea in the evening. I especially love tea that contains lavender or rose petals.
Here are my two favorites:
Tazo Calm Chamomile Loose Leaf Tea
Republic of Teas Be Relaxed
4. Then there is the subject of your cell phone. The key here is to stop looking at my phone, computer, etc. after 9:30pm and to have it charging at least 5 feet away from where I sleep. There is something freeing about not having your phone right on your nightstand.
5. Now for all you married people, you know that it’s not always possible to have it your way all the time… My husband loves to fall asleep with TV on. The problem is I CANNOT FALL ASLEEP WITH THE TV ON! I am a firm believer that you really can’t change anyone and it’s all about compromise. Luckily, Mitch falls asleep way earlier than I do so I just let that TV be on and then make a point to shut it off after he falls asleep. However, if he puts on some movie I like, I’ll get so sucked in and end up staying up way too late… SO when I can utilize self control with the TV, I shut it off and pick up a book. It helps me get sleepy and it’s fun to look forward to each night.
The morning part I’m still working on but getting to sleep at a reasonable hour is half the battle.
For even more ideas such as exercise and the right foods to eat to become a morning person, check out this list from Real Simple. I love the idea of giving yourself a reward for not pressing snooze.
Have you crossed over and become a morning person? Please share tips!