Become a morning person

By Kelly Jirsa

Become a morning person
We all have a genetic predisposition for being either a morning or night person. But what can you do if you want to change that?

Are you dragging yourself out of bed in the morning and still feeling exhausted?

Firstly, it may sound obvious but more sleep is usually a good way to help you reset your body clock. For those that struggle with getting to bed on time for that much needed allocation of rest, here are a few tips:

  • Cut back on obligations. If you’d like to get to bed earlier remove an hour’s worth of obligations in the later part of the day.
  • Don’t press the snooze button. Research shows that telling yourself the night before that you’re going to get with your alarm works better than a loose wake up time.
  • Talk yourself through it. It’s a fact that we all have to get up, start off the day by focusing on the positives rather than the drudgery of day to day tasks.
  • Give yourself a reward. When you’ve woken up without pressing the snooze button celebrate it. Perhaps use the extra time in the morning to enjoy your favourite book, magazine, newspaper column or meditate.
  • Exercise with the morning sun. Morning exercise kick-starts your metabolism, research shows that exercising before breakfast burns more fat calories.
  • Use light to help you wake. Natural light is a sure way to retrain your circadian rhythms and wake earlier.
  • Romance yourself to bed. Turn down the lights, volume and brightness on your devices to lull yourself into sleep mode.

Rise and shine.

 

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