How to become a morning person

Do you dread the mornings?  Do you stay up late, when the house is quiet and your family is asleep, so you can get some work done and be more productive?  I used to do this too!  I thought I was being more productive if I stayed up late.

WAS I EVER WRONG!!!!

By nature I am a night hawk.  My entire family consists of night hawks.  It became habit to stay up until 1 or 2 am and then wake up around 7am.  I’d wake up groggy, tired, grumpy and have to drag my butt out of bed.

I love my warm cozy bed just as much as the next girl.  The only difference is now, I have slightly adjusted when I hit that pillow and I wake up feeling great!!!

When I started fitness training a couple of years ago, I decided to start waking up early….and I mean early….we are talking 4:00 am early so that I could begin training at 6am.  I thought I was crazy!  My friends thought I was crazy.  You know what, it ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Heres why.

I wake up with a ton of energy!  YES!  Seriously!  I don’t know what it is about rising before the sun, but I feel great when I get out of bed.  My brain functions WAY BETTER than it ever did when i was pulling a late nighter.  I still get peace and quiet for a few hours to accomplish things I need to get done, including my daily training session, and well before my 4 children wake from their beds.  I actually accomplish more now than I ever did.

Now when I sleep in past 5:30am – 6am (yes that’s what I consider sleeping in) I feel like I’m wasting precious time and my day does not go as planned or flow as well as it does when I wake up at 4am.  Sound Crazy?!  Try it before you knock it!

Here are my top tips to help you become a morning person.

Be consistent with getting up early!  If you wake up early all week and then sleep in late on weekends, I’m telling you, Monday’s are going to be a dreadful day for you.  It’s easy to fall out a routine and extremely challenging to get back into one.  I have found that getting up consistently at the same time each day, including weekends, helped me form this as a habit and most days I don’t even need an alarm to get me out of bed.  Sleeping in every once in a while is always a nice treat, however I don’t do that very often because I want to feel good all of the time, not just some of the time.  Get it? Got it? Good!

Here are 10 things I do that helped me become a morning person and love the break of dawn, early morning hours.

1. Leave the curtains open!  YES!  I’m serious!  When I get to wake up with the beautiful sun on my face, that makes waking up enjoyable!  And better yet, in the darker winter months, I feel accomplished knowing I have gotten up before the sun rises AND I actually get to watch the Sunrise each morning.  That is one of the most peaceful and grateful moments of my day.

2. Gradually get up earlier – If you try to get up 2-3 hours earlier straight away, the chances of you sticking with your new routine are slim.  Instead, each day set your alarm earlier by 10 minute increments.  This will help train your body slowly and get you used to waking up earlier.

3. Use the 5 second rule –  when that alarm goes off, don’t hit SNOOZE, instead count 5…4…3…2…1! and jump out of bed!  It’s effective and it’s kinda fun!  Learn more about the 5 Second rule here!  It’s soul changing and I highly recommend it!

4. Love yourself enough to make the steps to better yourself and reach your true potential  – Life is full of choices.  You can choose to make the most of your day or you can choose to make excuses.  I choose to make a change in my life and wake up early to become more effective in my day and take better care of my body.  The only way to fit everything in my day was to get up earlier.  After all what did I have to lose by trying it?!

5. Find your magic number – what do I mean by that?  Test out different sleep schedules to see what suits you best.  My body loves 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Some people need more and some can get away with less.  When I sleep 5-6 hours, I wake up feeling more tired and sluggish through the day.  I’ve tried different amounts and each time I do the 7-8 hour sleep nights, that is when I feel at my best.  My kids on the other hand needs 10-11 or they are grumpy pants.

6. Keep a sleep journal – most of us now wear and utilize a smart watch of some kind.  These track your sleep patterns.  Take a look at how you slept and when you get the most restful nights sleep.  Pay attention to how you felt when you went to bed??  Were you hydrated and relaxed when you went to bed?  Did you worry or have any stress mentally or physically when winding down for bed? What time did you hit the hay?  Are you on a device right up until the moment you got to sleep?  Or do you turn off your devices at least 30 mins before hitting the hay to allow your mind and body to adjust, relax and prepare itself for a good nights sleep?  All these factors can play a part in how well you you may or may not have slept that night.

7. Turn in at a decent hour – The amount of sleep you get before midnight are the best for your body.  Most of the body’s repair functions, such as regrowing tissues, strengthening the immune system and building bones, happen during this time.

8. Reminders will be your best friend!  They will also keep you on track and help you create great sleep habits.  Set a time on your phone to remind you when it is time for bed.  I aim to be in bed and ready to close my eyes around 10pm.  I know it takes me approx. 30 mins to get ready for bedtime.  I have an alarm set on my smart phone that tells me it’s time to start getting ready for bed at 9:30pm.  Then another alarm that says good night at 10pm.  This has been extremely helpful in helping me stay on track!  You can also have an accountability partner to help stay on track!

9. Essential Oils smell great and really help!  Every night I apply my favourite Young Living Essential Oils to help me feel calm, relaxed and keep me that way all night long!  My favourites are Lavender, StressAway, Cedarwood, Valor, Peace & Claming.  I also find 2-4 oz of Ningxia Red have helped my body function at it’s best all day long, including the hours I sleep.  To order these oils & explore more, click here!

10. Commit to the process!  Commit to this new routine for at least 90 days.  Commitment, consistency and dedication to this process will be some of the key factors in this new routine actually working for you.

And that my friends, is how I went from being a night hawk to a Morning Person!  I know you can do it too!  You may not like it at first, but keep your eye on the prize and I promise you, you too can become a morning person and actually like it.

Try it!  What have you got to lose?!

I’d love your feedback.  Please feel free to comment below!

JLD xo

Watch This episode of #PeoplePlacesThings to hear Jennifer & her Husband discuss waking up early!

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