From listening to your favourite tunes, to getting into a regular routine, we’ve got all the hacks to transform you into a morning person.
Set your alarm to your favourite songs
You’re sound asleep, cosy and snug in your warm bed when the alarm goes off. Time to hit snooze, retreat under the sheets and fall back asleep?
To prevent this, you can at least make sure you like the soundtrack to your rude awakening. Set up your alarm to play your favourite song, so you’ll be throwing off your duvet, ready to take on the new day. Better still, you could even choose a different song for every day of the week – you’ll be bopping out of bed in no time at all.
Stick to a routine
Where possible, get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, weekends included, to get your body into a natural rhythm.
It’s always tempting to snatch one last look at your phone before shutting down, but the light from devices suppresses the production of melatonin – the sleep hormone, and could well leave you wide awake for much longer.
Instead, start to wind down and prepare your body for sleep by reading a book or listening to some relaxing music. By following a schedule and committing to it, you’ll start to fall asleep and wake up naturally at the same time too.
Keep your curtains open
Our bodies are programmed to be asleep when it’s dark and up when it’s light (the sleep-wake cycle). Have a go at leaving your curtains or blinds open before you tuck yourself into bed at night so that in the mornings your body naturally wakes up to the light.
If you’re worried about jeopardising your sleep – especially in the lighter summer months – just experiment with leaving a gap so some light filters through.
Move your alarm away
Those stolen few minutes of sleep you get through pressing snooze are actually unlikely to be of any real quality, and could contribute to you feeling even more tired and groggy when you do wake. Doing this regularly will also confuse your inner body clock.
A 2018 study revealed that 36% of UK workers hit their snooze button up to four times each morning. Try moving your alarm clock away from your bedside so that when it goes off, you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you’re out of it, the more likely you are to stay up.
Make exciting plans
It can be tough trying to get yourself out of bed, especially on cold, dark wintery mornings when your bed is extra appealing. Having something to look forward to can give you that much-needed motivation to rise and shine.
Maybe you want to start an early morning exercise regime, which will not only increase alertness but boost your overall energy. Or perhaps you want to make yourself a delicious breakfast. Whatever the reason you give yourself, you’re sure to feel a lot better for taking the leap.