5 Ways To Become a morning Person
Can’t drag yourself out of bed to get to the office on time? Then follow our advice...
1 GET ENOUGH SLEEP (OBVS) The cast-iron rule of the early bird. Seven to nine hours is medically recommended but loads of us aren’t getting this due to our hectic lifestyles. The rest your body needs to function can only be had from proper sleep – really zonking out for a good night, not just a few hours to recharge. Don’t try to beat your body. You will not win.
SNOOZE, YOU LOSE It’s time for the biggest break-up of your life: you and the snooze button are never, ever getting back together. According to sleep experts it actually makes you more drowsy as your ‘snooze nap’ doesn’t allow you to back into deep sleep. Jump out of bed and try the ‘inverted snooze’ technique, where you do hit the button but get out of bed instead. It gives you a chance to wake up before a quick coffee in bed. But absolutely no dozing off, OK?
OUTAGE Instead of zapping your brain into a frenzied overload each night before going to bed, do something that doesn’t digitise your senses into induced insomnia. That means: put the screens away and give your circadian rhythms a rest. Read a book, or talk to your housemates or partner – anything!
4 CONSISTENCY IS ALL-IMPORTANT Keeping to a strict sleeping schedule is paramount for making the most of those mornings. This doesn’t mean bedtime has to be kept to by the minute every day – just to the hour or so. Trying to claw back late nights with weekend lie-ins could induce social jet lag (see Look.co.uk for more info), confusing your body clock and putting your sleeping pattern out of whack for the upcoming week. 5 WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION? Define your motive for getting out of bed promptly and you’ll find that you’re far more committed to the early morning cause. Maybe you want to be up at a certain time to get fit, or perhaps it’s to get to work early so you can clock off an hour before you normally do. Whatever it is, make sure it’s a reason good enough to nudge your head off the pillow when that alarm starts bleeping.
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