Ten Ways to Become a Morning Person (When You Really Aren't)


I have a confession to make: I've never been much of a morning person. I find it so hard to get up in the A.M. and would do anything for an extra hour (or two) in bed. Unfortunately, that's not always possible and I've found that when I do manage to get up early, I'm more productive and motivated, get more accomplished throughout the day and end up sleeping better the next night.

If you're like me and love the idea of being a morning person but struggle with getting up when your alarm goes off, here are some tricks I've learnt over the years to make things a little bit easier. 

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1. Prepare the night before
Before you go to bed, set out everything you'll need for the next day. This could include choosing your outfit, writing a to-do list, packing your work bag and prepping breakfast. This will make life so much easier in the morning when you won't have to run around looking for things. I also make sure the house is tidy and any washing up is done before I go to sleep - waking up to a messy house and a sink full of plates can be really demotivating and put you in a bad mood for the day.  

2. Get a good night's sleep
If you want to be a morning person, you'll need to get sufficient sleep. Go to bed early and set your alarm for the same time every morning, even on weekends. Your body will get used to the pattern which will make it much easier for you to get out of bed in the morning. If you have trouble sleeping, try reading my post Seven Ways to Have a Perfect Night's Sleep for some tips. 

3. Get up straight away
Snoozing your alarm multiple times is a great way to ensure you wake up feeling worse. To keep falling back to sleep just to be woken up again every ten minutes will make you feel more tired and groggy than just getting up as soon as your alarm goes off. As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to hit that snooze button. If you really struggle, this runaway alarm clock is a fun way to force yourself to get up - it will run around your room beeping loudly and the only way to turn it off is to catch it. 

4. Get some light
As soon as you jump (or roll) out of bed, open all the curtains and let the sunshine in. Natural light regulates your circadian rhythm and wakes up your brain, telling you it's time to start the day. Walking around a dark house will keep you feeling sleepy and yearning to crawl back into bed. 

As the winter months are approaching and there's less natural light in the morning, it might be a good idea to invest in a Lumie bodyclock - an alarm clock which imitates sunrise and wakes you up naturally. I've had one since 2005 and swear by it. 

5. Brush your teeth 
Clean your teeth pretty soon after getting out of bed. The minty freshness will make you feel more awake and get rid of that horrible taste you can have in your mouth when you've just woken up.

6. Drink water
Downing a big glass of cold water first thing in the morning before you eat anything or pour yourself a coffee will rehydrate your body, give you energy and make you more alert. Squeeze some lemon juice into it for added health benefits.

7. Don't skip breakfast 
Food has a great way of waking us up - even the smell of someone cooking can rouse us from a deep sleep. Eat your breakfast within an hour of getting out of bed to raise your blood sugar levels and kick-start your metabolism for the day. A good breakfast consisting of protein and complex carbohydrates should give you enough energy for the day ahead.

8. Take a cold shower 
This is not the most pleasant experience in the world, but it's definitely an effective way to wake up. The cold water shocks your body, causing you to breathe deeper which in turn increases your oxygen intake and gets your heart beating faster. If you're not brave enough to step into a freezing shower yet, just splash some ice cold water onto your face.

9. Have some caffeine 
If you find it really hard to get going in the morning, give yourself a kick start with a cup of coffee or tea. If too much caffeine gives you the jitters, try making the switch to green tea. A cup of coffee can contain up to 200mg of caffeine whereas green tea typically contains about 35mg - it'll wake you up more gently and won't cause you to crash later on. Green tea also offers a wide range of health benefits so it's a great thing to drink on a daily basis. 

10. Work out 
This may be the last thing you want to do when you've just woken up, but trust me, even gentle exercise will get your heart beating and blood pumping through your veins. Going for a morning run or brisk walk is one of the best ways to wake yourself up and put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you have any tips for getting up in the morning?


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Comments

  1. I've never been able to sleep unless I'm physically tired, so trying to go sleep early if I'm not means I won't sleep at all.

    Thus, I have done a lot of the other suggestions, bar the trying to sleep early.

    Instead I get up early at the same time every day, don't let myself nap or drink anything like coffee, so that I'll become exhausted earlier in the night, so it'll then allow me to go sleep earlier.

    That's how I have to adjust to becoming a morning person that way

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  2. These tips are gold! I literally used to stay up until 3/4am and sleep for as much of the day as possible but now I am often awake at 7am on my days off and find getting up earlier helps with my productivity ♥

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  3. I struggle with the mornings but have gotten significantly better about getting out of bed. Instead of allowing my alarm to continue I quickly shut it off and get up when I hear it. My partner and I keep our alarms at the other side of the room so that we both have to get out of bed in order to shut them off.

    Great tips. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  4. I've always been the biggest night owl. I'm not terrible on a morning, but I'm definitely way more productive at night. I definitely agree that getting up straight away rather than snoozing really helps to get going though! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  5. Dry Brushing! It gives me a burst of energy!

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  6. I am a morning person. I think I owe it to my parents. They love getting up early to take care of the basic needs for the home and I think that is what stuck with me as well. You are definitely correct about exercising it definitely helps as well as drinking water. I know where I used to work at, some people used to drink hot water. Great post.

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  7. I go through such stages of being a morning person and then being absoutley rubbish at getting up! I lobved your tips, will deffo be useful for my 9am lectures this year!! I would add listening to music, or setting music as your alarm, it always puts me in a good mood :) xx

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  8. All of these are great tips! I like to prepare the night before so I'm less stressed out in the morning while getting ready for work. I'm bad at having breakfast though!
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk x

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  9. I’m the worst at waking up early, unless I have to, of course. I find that on those fluke days that I go get up early, I’m so productive and then I have the rest of the day to do whatever I want!
    I’m definitely going to try jumping out of bed right away and using the light technique. I’m guilty of laying there for a while and hiding under my covers, haha.
    Great tips!

    Jo | www.alittlebitofjo.com

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  10. These are all such great tips- I'm not really the biggest morning person either. I'm always trying to get a good nights sleep, I could sleep for England.
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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  11. I'm pretty good in the mornings to be honest - although I can be very grumpy haha. I do feel like breakfast helps massively! x

    Megan Elizabeth

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  12. I have to get up for work extremely early. These are some great tips and tricks that I am definitely going to use. Thanks for sharing!

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