You are in the middle of a dream and the alarm clock goes off. It's hard to believe that it is 6AM and time to get up. Have you ever wished to be a morning person but dread to see mornings come? According to research, getting up earlier might actually help you to become happier, healthier, and more productive. In a recent study published in the APA journal Emotion, researchers reported that young people and adults who consider themselves to be morning people were both happier and healthier than those who prefer to sleep in. If you dread hearing your alarm clock each morning then here are some tips that just may help you become the morning person that you've always longed to be.
1. Don't Hit Snooze
I know it is hard, but hitting snooze only delays the inevitable. As soon as you hear your alarm get up. Stay away from trying to make the decision of getting up when you hear your alarm. Before you go to bed, make up in your mind that when you hear the alarm, that is your decision to rise. The alarm takes the thinking out of it.
2. Change the Alarm to something pleasant
My alarm is set to my radio, instead of the blazing beeping sound of an alarm. Waking up to a more pleasant sound tends to take the edge off of having to get up early.
3. Go to the Gym
I guarantee that once you get out of bed and go to the gym, you will not be tired anymore. Exercise increases energy, which is needed for the remainder of the day. Sometimes having a plan of something to do makes all the difference in the world in getting up.
4. Choose a set time
Begin making this a habit, even on the weekend. Once you've done this a few weeks, you will find it easier each time. The adage that it takes 21 days to create a habit, can be tested with waking up. Staying up later on Friday and sleeping in on Saturday gives the brain a new schedule. By Monday, a 6 a.m. alarm will feel like 4 a.m. So choose a set time an stick to it. You can do it!
5. Prepare the night before
In the beginning, rising early will not be easy. Make things easier by getting some of the mundane things out of the way. Pick out your clothes the night before; prepare your lunch for the next day. It is amazing how much time this saves in the morning and eliminates excuses for rising early.
6. Treat Yourself
Give yourself something to look forward to. If you love gourmet coffee then tell yourself if you get up early you will treat yourself to coffee, or maybe even a doughnut. Find something you really enjoy and use that as an incentive to rising early.
Not everyone will be a morning person; after all our differences are what make the world interesting. Research has shown that with discipline, most people can reset their circadian clocks. Don’t count yourself out without giving it a try. Leave a comment if you have other suggestions or if any of these suggestions worked for you.