How to Become a Morning Person
Having trouble getting going in the morning? Are you late? Foggy thinker? Grumpy? Slow to move in the morning?
Scientist have identified chronotypes: Morning Person, Evening Person and Neither. Although we are born with a chronoype, people often shift between the chronotypes in their lifetime. Also, habits and lifestyles, and sleeping patterns affect your chronotype.
Even if you may never became a full fledge morning person due to your biology, you can make some changes to help you get up on time and function better in the morning.
Create Morning Habits:
- Get organized, lay out your clothes and supplies out for the following day each evening.
- Keep your keys in one place where you can easily find them.
- Pre-make breakfast so all have to do it heat it up, or grab it on your way out the door.
- Trick yourself into getting going, tell yourself you can go back to bed in an hour. By the time an hour goes by you should be awake enough to stay up.
- Eat an apple before you get out of bed, ” an apple a day” adds fiber and Vitamin C to your diet and gives you something easy to do before you have to really think about doing anything.
- Try various alarms to see what wakes you up the best. There are many types, some alarms produce light slowly, some play beautiful sounds of nature, and some are like fog horns going off. Never hit the snooze button more than once.
- Do something in the AM that you love – play music, take ten minutes to read, take time. to read the newspaper while you drink you morning tea or coffee.
- Take a shower in the AM, take you coffee with you in the bathroom to drink it in peace if you aren’t ready to face the spouse, kids…
- Studies show walking each day increases overall health and sleep, the optimal goal is 10,000 steps a day.
- Go to bed at a time that is sure to give you at least 7 hours sleep. Start early to give yourself the time it takes you to wind down and fall asleep.
- Avoid blue light 1/2 hour before bedtime ( TV, computer, phone).
- Read and/or listen to soothing music before bedtime.
- Mediate for 10 minutes before bedtime.
- Check to see if you need a new pillow.
- Take a Saffron supplement which helps you sleep and has no side effects.
It takes at least 3 weeks to develop new habits and make life style changes, so stick to it!
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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