With Daylight savings fresh in our minds, we thought it was appropriate to talk about sleep and those happy-go-lucky morning people and how it’s even possible for someone to wake up so easily in the morning.
You know those people who wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and head to the gym? They’re happy, alert and ready for the day.
Then, there are those other people (like us) who can barely open their eyes in time to get ready for work without having to rush. And going to the gym in the morning? Yeah right! So, we recently did a little experiment to see if someone who is, by nature, not a morning person AT ALL, could change her routine enough to get used to waking up early. As it turns out, she could!
Follow the 8 tips to become a morning person:
#1: That afternoon caffeine boost? DON’T.
As tired as you might feel at 1-2 p.m., it’s not worth drinking down that venti, double espresso coffee that’s effects can last for up to 8 hours (meaning keeping you up until 10 p.m.). Have your morning coffee or tea and then sip on water and caffeine-less beverages (this includes skipping most sodas)!
#2: Turn off all electronics at least 1 hour before bed.
Studies show that staring at the bright lights of your TV, cell phone, IPAD and computer single your brain to stay awake, making it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Turning them off and on silent an hour before you’re ready to go to bed will give you time to wind down.
#3: Relax, relax, RELAX.
Take a nice, hot shower or bath in dim light with some calming music (or none at all). And, throw in a little bit of essential oils, such as lavender, to help your body go into relax mode. When you step out of the tub, your body temperature drops making you more likely to fall into a deep sleep sooner rather than later.