6 Ways To Finally Become A Morning Person
1. Calculate Your Ideal Bedtime
The easiest way to wake up earlier in the morning is to get enough sleep.
But that number can be drastically different for everyone.
Here’s how to figure out your sleep needs: For a week, track the number of hours you sleep, including weekends.
Divide that number by seven to calculate your nightly need. Think about a time you’ve been on vacation or of a night you felt particularly rested — how much sleep did you get?
Once you have that number, count backwards from the time you want to get up and plan to go to bed at that new hour.
2. Identify Your Stay-Awake Triggers
Nighttime can slip away fast, especially when you have a lot to accomplish.
To be successful in sticking with an earlier bedtime, you may need to set an alarm.
And contrary to popular advice, you don’t have to turn off screens right before bed.
Reading is a great way to unwind and relax, but reading a thriller may not be the best idea.
3. Create A Morning To-Do List
Another good habit is to think about what you want to accomplish in the morning.
“Having a morning goal is the best motivation,” said McKey.
She recommends writing three tasks you have to do the next day.
“This way you’ll feel like you’re on a mission when you wake up, you’ll get closer to your morning goal and you’ll have a clear schedule to follow.”
4. Reward Yourself
Find a little bit of that magical motivation: Think of something you want to do, but can never find the time to do, whether it’s playing with your cat, catching up with a friend or enjoying a home-cooked breakfast.
McKey’s own reward is to see the sunrise, which is why she jogs early in the morning.
“People who exercise tend to sleep better than those who don’t,” said Vanderkamp.
Indeed, studies have shown a strong correlation to a better quality of sleep for people who work out at least 10 minutes a day.
One reason: exercise reduces your stress levels, which in turn helps combat insomnia.
By working out, your body releases serotonin and endorphins.
6. Ask Yourself, ‘Why Do You Want To Do This?’
It can be difficult to develop new habits on demand, even if you know the habit is positive and useful.
“If someone chooses to develop morning-person habits by their own will — not because a spouse or friend said so — it will be easier to do,” said McKey.
Think about how becoming a morning person can make your life better.
For most people, just knowing that they’re most productive in the morning is a big incentive.