I remember waking up for high school as being one of the most miserable experiences of my life. I would set my alarm for as late as I could, wake up, do as little as possible to look presentable, and sleepwalk out the door. Waking up while it was still dark outside was LITERALLY one of the worst feelings in the world at that stage in my life.
Today, I’m routinely up before or by 6 am to train clients and one day a week I’m actually out the door by 4:30 am in order to teach classes. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sleep (as evidenced by my frequent weekend naps), but during the week it’s all about business and what needs to get done.
This is what has worked for me in learning to love becoming a morning person. You may never even aspire to wake up with the sun is rising, which is completely fine, but if you need some tips on how to shift that schedule around, take a gander at what has helped me.
1. Set up a routine
I take a look at what I have going on during the week, which lets me know how late I can stay up and when I need to make sure to get to bed at a reasonable hour. By keeping my schedule relatively set, I have less chances to sleep in and get off track.
If I don’t have an early client or class, I still try and get out of bed around the same time in order to stay consistent. I will either get my workout in early or work on the blog or anything else I have going on.
2. Make sleep a priority
Sleep is one of my biggest priorities. It’s so important for so many different life functions and stress relief that it’s something I’m not willing to sacrifice anymore. Gone are the days when I would stay up all night hanging out or watching TV.
The choice is entirely up to you whether you want to wake up feeling refreshed or need to chug gallons of caffeine to make it through the day. I aim for at LEAST 7 hours of sleep or I know that my entire performance will suffer and that’s not something I’m willing to risk.
3. Drink tea before bed
4. Lay out clothes the night before
Even though I love leisurely mornings, on the days I have to wake up super early, you’re not likely to find me adding an extra 30 minutes to my routine to sit and sip tea. I make sure to set out all the clothes I need to wear so that I can simply wake up, change, grab a quick breakfast, and head out the door. Plan plan plan.
5. GET UP.
It’s really as simple as this. Set your alarm, wake up, acknowledge that you’re tired and you’d rather go back to sleep (you’re not unique here), and just get. out. of. bed. The sooner you are up and moving around, the easier it will be to wake up. As long as you’ve gotten enough sleep the night before, that initial grogginess will dissipate and you’ll be on your way.
It takes some time if you’re not used to waking up at an early hour, but as long as you’re consistent and make it a routine, it’ll become easier. Then you can “sleep in” until 7 am on the weekends (ha), but you’ll also get SO MUCH done in the day!
- Are you a morning person?
- When do you go to bed?
- Any tips I’m forgetting?