Any of my friends could tell you that I’m totally a morning person. Don’t get me wrong; I love being out and about late into the evening, but during the school year, I find myself to be most productive (i.e. studying) during the morning and early afternoon. So, I schedule my day accordingly. However, I find that as soon as Christmas break or summer rolls around, I become more of a night owl. So how do I go back to becoming a morning person? Well, I’m here to share all of my secrets with you.
- Practice good sleep hygiene. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule will aid in getting a quality night of sleep. For example, I usually get into bed around 10:00 PM in the evenings so I can be up at 5 or 6 AM the next day.
- Trim down your evening by one hour. If you want to wake up earlier, take that extra hour to wind down.
- Build a routine. Establish a schedule during that wind down time to give your body a clue that sleep time is near. For me, I usually drink a glass of water, brush my teeth, and watch a YouTube video or two.
- Eat and drink smart. You don’t want to be sipping on anything caffeinated before bedtime, but you do want to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning to re-energize. I usually find myself on the go in the mornings, so my go-to breakfast includes a protein bar and banana.
- Prep before bed. Use some of your free hour to prep for anything you’ll need in the morning. For example, I usually pack my breakfast and lunch, pick out my clothes and jewelry, and pack by backpack for the next day.
- Give yourself something to look forward to. Plan out your day, so you feel like waking up early was totally worth it. I always give myself one thing to look forward to, whether it’s seeing a friend, an extra hour to study, or some spare time to watch a show.