Starting the day can be tough when you’re not a morning person. Increasing sleep quality is a great place to start if early rising is a challenge. Sleep needs to be restorative and restful in order to be prepared for the day ahead. Make sure your mattress is meeting your sleep needs and is ideal for your unique sleep position with this post. In addition to having a mattress for your sleep position, creating a morning routine sets you up for the best day possible. Sometimes, sleep can be so good that it’s hard to wake up. But sleeping-in can sabotage your entire morning and lead to more false starts throughout the day. We’ve rounded up 7 tips to add to your normal morning routine of waking up, brushing your teeth, and eating a healthy breakfast.
1. Skip the snooze
Although tempting, sleeping in past your alarms doesn’t help you feel more rested. In fact, hitting the snooze can make you feel more tired, requiring more coffee in the morning, which could lead to a caffeine crash in the late morning. The number one thing morning people have in common is they get up on time.
2. Don’t look at your phone
Along with skipping the snooze button, resist the urge to scroll first thing in the morning. Your entire body is likely to wake up if you rise on time and avoid zoning in on a LED screen.
3. Find the (natural) light
Natural morning light is a powerful way to wake up the body and mind. Natural light helps tune in your body’s circadian rhythm (the body’s natural alarm clock for night and day). Open the shades and let in some sunshine to start your day.
4. Make your bed
Your less likely to get back into bed if you make it first thing in the morning. It could be as simple as pulling up of the sheets, or a complete 5-star hotel level make up. Either way, making your bed can be extremely rewarding and a satisfying way to start your day.
5. Drink water
This one may seem obvious, but try to drink 8-16oz of water before any other beverage in the morning. It’s a great way to flush out your system and wake up your body. Add some lemon for more detoxifying qualities.
6. Journal/ Fill out a sleep log
The morning doesn’t have to be all hustle and bustle— even for the ultimate morning person. Self-care is important, and filling out a sleep log and/or journaling is a great meditative way to begin the day. Here is a free sleep log download.
7. Get Moving
If your schedule allows, try to get some moderate exercise in before you hop in the car for work or wherever your day takes you. You could incorporate morning routine tip number 3 and get outside for a brisk walk in the morning sunshine. If getting outside doesn’t sound appealing, creating an at home workout space might be the perfect option. Here is an easy guide for getting a good workout from your home.