To Prep For Daylight Savings, Here’s Ten Steps to Becoming a Morning Person
Without sacrificing sleep
When the clock strikes 2AM, Springtime Daylight Savings will be in full effect. The bad news? We're about to set the clock forward an hour, resulting in one less hour of sleep. The good news? More sun!
A huge pro about waking up early? When you create a morning you love, it doesn’t matter what time the sun rises. Sure, it’ll be harder to get out of bed the first couple of days (especially if waking up early is new to you), but curating an early morning routine has proven to have immense positive effects on daily productivity and mental health.
Benefits of the Morning Routine
Productivity coaches suggest that even the smallest daily habits have the largest effects on our overall confidence, efficiency, and success. Even the simplest morning routine will deliver physical and psychological benefits over time. Here are three benefits you’ll feel pretty immediately:
You’re prepared for the day. When you wake up earlier, you have more time to set yourself up for all you want to check off your to-do list. Waking up early allows you to be mindful of the day's opportunities and commitments while also giving you time to prepare for how you best want to execute them. And when you feel prepared, you feel in control of the commitments you set for yourself.
Lower stress levels. By waking up early, you give yourself time back. What you do with that time is completely up to you, however I highly recommend cashing in for activities that will help keep you zen and on-track for a successful day, whatever that means for you. Some activities for lower stress levels: Meditating, writing down your to-do list or goals, keeping a gratitude journal, taking a 30 minute walk, preparing your breakfast and lunch ahead of time, and exercising.
Increased productivity. Feeling prepared, giving yourself time back, and practicing stress-management sets a tone for your subconscious. Need some inspo?
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another, by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed" -Admiral McRaven
Ten Steps to Becoming a Morning Person
You don’t have to lose sleep to gain time in the morning. Practice these steps every night before bed and turn them into habits - you’ll be surprised how quickly you might become a morning person:
- Shift your bedtime routine. Going to bed at 12am is not going to set you up for success with a 6:00am alarm. The key to shifting to an earlier bedtime is all about shifting your bedtime routine - what time you eat dinner, when you shower or brush your teeth, when you turn off the TV, and when begin to wind down.
- Get to your goal rising time gradually. Don’t try to suddenly begin waking up 2 hours earlier than your norm rising time - this is setting yourself up for burnout. Begin your efforts by waking up 15-30 minutes earlier and creating a routine for this new wakeup time. Repeat this new morning routine for a few days. Once your body has adjusted to waking up at this new time, begin waking up an additional 15-30 minutes earlier and do it all over again.
- Use your smartphone to help you achieve a solid sleep schedule. Most smartphones have a setting or app that allow you to set sleep goals and manage your screen time. iPhone’s in particular have an option for you to create a sleep schedule complete with a goal amount of hours, what time you want to wake up, and how soon before your bedtime you want your phone to wind down.
- Unplug before bed. Doom-scrolling on TikTok can turn a 10pm tuck-in into a 1am bedtime. Studies have shown that the fluorescent light in our device screens both reduce and delay melatonin production, interfering with your body’s natural clock and decreasing feelings of sleepiness by convincing you it’s still daytime. If you’re looking for apps to block you from using distracting social media sites, these two are great for helping you limit your time scrolling: Moment (iOS), Breakfree (iOS, Android)
- Have everything you’ll need for the morning laid out for you ahead of time. If you plan on waking up early to workout, have your outfit, sneakers, and water bottle ready for you to throw on seamlessly. It’ll be hard for you to justify your new morning routine if it takes you too long to get ready for it.
- Create a sleep environment that welcomes natural light. Allow sunlight to stream in and help you wake up naturally, and stay up (like that screen light does at night!). I suggest checking out light filtering shades - these create a barrier so your windows are covered, but allow light to filter through!
- Make waking up early a reward, by giving yourself something to look forward to in your morning routine. Prep your favorite breakfast (try this Ore-Ida Just Crack an Egg, it's rated #1 in Breakfast and Cereal), grab yourself a coffee, or do your favorite workout.
- Place your alarm far from your bed. If you’re not scrolling before bed anyway (wink), you don’t need your cell phone next to you.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water before bed, so when you wake up and turn off your alarm, you’re shuffling to the loo instead of crawling back under the covers. Those extra few minutes up will make a difference! How about starting with a self-cleaning water bottle?
- Make your bed. We already talked about the psychological benefits linked between making your bed and productivity. Making your bed tells your subconscious it's time to tackle the day, and also makes you less inclined to crawl back into it. Pst, we love this Casper Weightless Sheet Set.
Let us know in the comments, what would you do with an extra hour in the morning? Would you make your favorite breakfast more often? Would you spend more time on self care?