It’s 6:00 AM and your alarm beeps to life. Your first instinct is to hit the snooze button, but today was the morning you promised yourself you’d wake up early enough to workout, or to eat a balanced breakfast, or even just to get ready and out the door without feeling like you’re racing against the clock.
So why exactly is waking up so hard, you might ask yourself? It turns out that only 1 in 10 people is a true morning person. The good news is that no matter your natural tendencies, there are several ways to train yourself to become the true (and productive) morning person you’ve always dreamed of becoming.
1. Set a Bedtime
Keep track of when you usually head to bed and then try hitting the sheets an hour earlier. Adjusting your bedtime slowly will make it an easier change to stick with and help you get out of bed earlier.
2. Reach for the Protein
We’re sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it’s just as important to consider what you’re eating. Starting your day off with lean protein will help reboot your metabolism and level off your blood sugar.
3. Plan Ahead
If your morning routine leaves you feeling rush, try moving a few of them to the night before. Laying out your clothes or even braiding your hair can keep your AM to-do list manageable.
4. Go Natural
Light that is. Sunlight will awaken your body’s natural desire to be awake, so leaving your blinds open will help get you up when the sun does.
5. Turn Everything Else Off
Even though it’s hard sometimes, shutting off electronics while lying in bed will help you fall asleep. Studies have shown that light of any kind can disrupt your circadian rhythms and make it harder to sleep.
6. Get Techy
If you’re still having trouble jumping out of bed, there’s an app for that. Wake n Shake forces you to shake your phone in order to turn off the alarm, while Better Me posts your failure to rise and shine on Facebook every time you hit the snooze button.
What tricks do you have up your sleeve to rise and truly shine each morning?