Let’s be honest, getting up super early sucks most of the time. Nothing’s worse than that dreadful moment when your alarm goes off, and you wish you could spend just five, ten, or fifteen more minutes in bed.
Becoming a morning person isn’t an easy task, but it is possible with the help of a few simple yet effective tricks.
Remember we all have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce so let’s use them accordingly!
Here are five tips that will get you jumping out of bed instead of hitting the snooze button one more time!
1. Create a strict sleep schedule and stick to it
Everyone has different sleep needs; evaluate how much sleep you need each night. Create a sleep schedule based on your sleep needs and make sure to stick with it. Experts say staying on plan is key and will leave you more well rested in the long run making it easier to get out of bed in the a.m.
2. Put away your phone (and turn off your TV for that matter)
Electronics have a sneaky way of being huge distractions that leave us wide awake at 2:00 am wondering why the heck we can’t fall asleep. Turn off the TV, put your phone on do not disturb and revel in the relaxation of being electronic free. The artificial light from electronic devices like your phone, tablet, and TV suppress the sleep-inducing hormone of melatonin making it much tougher for you to fall asleep.
3. Create a relaxing night routine and a revitalizing morning routine
Personally, I love routines, and while sleep is enticing after a long, exhausting day, I look forward to sleep the most when I can mentally prepare for how wonderful it will be. Create a routine that gets you relaxed and ready to crawl into bed and sleep. Your routine can be as easy as turning down your bed and spraying your sheets with some relaxing lavender mist.
Create a routine that will wake you up each morning. I love meditating in the morning it sets the tone for my day and makes me excited for what’s to come plus it gives me some “me time” before my day gets too hectic. Knowing I have extra time to spend on myself is an enticing reason to get up a little bit earlier.
4. Get cozy
To get a good nights sleep you need to have a comfortable, clean bed. Make it a goal to create a cozy, sleep inducing bed that even the Princess and the Pea would be jealous of. Make your bed more blissful by investing in new pillows, a good down comforter, a plush pillow-top mattress pad and a new mattress if needed. Most people are sleeping on mattresses that are well past their expiration date so make sure to give your mattress a thorough evaluation.
5. Bribe yourself
If nothing else will get you out of bed, earlier, do the smart thing and bribe yourself. Set goals and rewards for yourself. For example, if you meet your goal of waking up a half hour earlier, four days a week treat yourself to a manicure or a new lipstick. Giving yourself tangible rewards for your sacrifice makes it much easier to stick with a goal.
xo, Lara Sophia