While most of us want to be this ‘Healthy, Wealthy and Wise person’, we all hate to go to bed early and hate even more to get up early! It’s no fun to get up early!! It has never been….as a kid, as a teenager and now as an adult! Being a morning person isn’t as easy as it seems.
One of the very early lessons of life that is taught to most of us in the school or by our elders is ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!’ .
I remember whenever there was some official commitment for which I had to get up early, I used to mark it in my calendar and kept fretting about it since a week before!! I just hated it (Gggrrr….)! .
‘I’ll sleep as much as I want!!’ used to be one of my wishes in my vacation’s wishlist.
But you know what….One should get up early!!!
You must be thinking…common blogger tell me something that I don’t know! Like me you would have heard it, read it, thought of it but then comfortably avoided it. Our love affair with the snooze button has been too strong to let go.
You already know that after hitting the snooze button, you are actually neither sleeping nor awake. Those fragmented morning dozing actually leaves you more tired. Stand-up comedian Demetri Martin’s humorous take on the subject sums it up well: hitting the snooze button in the morning doesn’t even make sense.
It’s like saying, “I hate getting up in the morning so I do it over and over and over again.”
Now here is the deal! I’ll tell you about all the good things and not so good things (nothing bad will happen to you if you get up early!) that will happen to you if you get up early and then you can decide for yourself:-
Pros & Cons of Being a Morning Person
- Early risers are more successful
- They are happier
- Morning people are often in better shape
Not so good things
- Sleep deprivation
- Lack of creativity, effectiveness & concentration
- Tiredness along the day
The ‘Not so good things’ about getting up early and being a morning person can be easily overcome by going to bed early. You will have to realise that this good habit will not be accepted by our body in a day or two. It will take your internal body clock to get adjusted to the new timing to go to bed and to get up early. It typically takes a few weeks to get on a better sleep schedule. Even if you go to bed early, I am sure you will not be able to drift off to sleep immediately or may be even after an hour. But do not give up.
Here are a few tips that will help you great deal in becoming a Morning Person
1. Signal “bedtime”to your body. First thing first. If you will not sleep early at night, you will be tired in the morning and the whole purpose will be a waste! Turn everything off (Television, laptop, internet etc). Establish a relaxing routine as mentioned below:-
- Take a warm water bath (when you step out your body temperature drops which encourages sleep).
- Jot down a list of things that must be bothering you to clear your mind.
- Dim the lights and do some deep breathing . Light suppresses the secretion of sleep-inducing melatonin.
2. If you couldn’t fall asleep, after 30 minutes, get up and engage in a quiet activity, don’t switch on bright overhead lights; use a soft table lamp instead. Maybe read a book. You will eventually drift off to sleep.
3. Move the alarm clock as far as possible. Keep the alarm clock in the living room or any place which is not near your bed. This will force you to rise from the bed and engage in movement which in turn will help your body to slowly wake up.
4. Invite light indoors. Your brain is sensitive to light and temperature. Either switch on the bright lights of your house or let the sunlight in. This is probably the most powerful thing you can do to force your body awake in the morning.
First Thing First in the Morning
1. Splash water on your face as soon as you get up. Trust me this HELPS a lot!! While doing this you can give yourself a prep talk as to why you are getting up early and what all good things will happen to you if you do it right at that moment!!
2. Have a glass of lukewarm water . After you have gone without water for 7-8 hours at night, the best thing that you can do to your body is have a glass of lukewarm water, preferably with juice of half a lemon.
3. Make your tea/coffee yourself. This will keep you occupied during the low willpower period. Stand up in your kitchen, wakeup slowly, think about your day and enjoy a fresh cup of tea/coffee.
4. Exercise. Now when you are all bright and up, go for a walk or run or yoga! Make most of the spare time that you have earned in the morning. Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
5. Reward yourself. Reward yourself by having a good wholesome breakfast and by not having to race out of the door for office or school.
Finally, Remember that this will not happen overnight. Have patience with yourself. Give your body the time to get adjusted to the new biological clock that you have set for it to adapt. Be honest about how much sleep you need and how much you are actually getting. You will never regret about time after bein a morning person.
It’s all going to be worth it!!
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.