I had a very hard time becoming a morning person. Honestly, it’s still not easy. I kept waking up in the middle of the night having to pee and after waking up I rarely fell back asleep. These are some of the things I tried that seemed to work.
1. Go to bed on time
If you want to wake up early you have to go to bed early. As an adult, you’re supposed to get about 7-8 hours of sleep each day. Sleep deprivation can lead to low energy, lack of focus, and even various diseases.
2. Prevent waking up at night
Limit your fluid intake 2 hours before bedtime. This way you prevent yourself from waking up in the middle of the night having to pee.
I’ve always had trouble breathing through my nose, but using tiger balm has helped me a lot. This way I wake up with my airways open and not with a dry mouth.
3. Use a sunrise alarm clock
A loud alarm is not the most pleasant thing to wake up to. Using a sunrise alarm clock, you gradually wake up your body 15-30 minutes before your alarm goes off, using blue light. Blue light reduces the amount of melatonin in your body which makes it easier to wake up. You’ll feel more energetic and refreshed.
4. Prepare and plan the next day
These are some of the things I do every evening to prepare the next day:
- Plan the next day in mydaily journal
- Pick an outfit to wear to college, to the gym, etc.
- Make a meal plan
- Clean up my room (my mind is much clearer this way)
Decision fatigue was one of the biggest reasons for me not to get out of bed. What should I eat and drink? What should I wear? It was just too much for me in the morning. By preparing and planning your day beforehand, you prevent decision fatigue and get ready much quicker.
5. Have something to look forward to
Whether it’s a fresh bowl of fruit with your favorite tea or coffee or going to the gym (if that’s something you actually like), having something to look forward to will surely make you want to get out of bed.