We don’t want to call you out, but at first glance, it looks like mornings may not be your thing. Don’t worry – we discovered a few tips and tricks in your bedtime and morning routines to help you love mornings more.
A few days ago, we had our Carrie Bradshaw moment and couldn’t help but wonder, do all those early birds have enough motivation and will to start their days with a burst of energy? From exercises and breakfast to morning walks at 6 AM, these superhumans truly make us question where 6 AM gets its power from and whether they have a snooze button on their phone?!
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What happens when you hit the snooze button
Ooh, the snooze button, that sweet, sweet sensation. The extra few moments of sleep are the comfiest, but with these tempting advantages come disadvantages; coming off the snooze roller coaster can have you feeling vague all morning long. Aside from potentially being late and jumping out of bed immediately, starting your morning in such a stressful way makes it more challenging to be productive, especially after awakening.
We found the best tactics to make mornings run much smoother without having an intense dependence on hitting that oh-so-sweet snooze button! And after some time and dedication, you might start to love morning hours!
Genetics behind the early birds
Believe it or not, thirty to forty percent of how much of a morning person we are is written in our genes. Each of us has its internal body clock, the circadian rhythm, which operates on a 24-hour schedule that mostly follows daylight cycles – but everyone is different! Being an early bird or night owl isn’t just luck; officially known as chronotype, and it all depends on individual variability.
Best time to wake up
To clarify, there is no best way to wake up since it is all individual, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. But to make sure your morning runs smoothly, it is advised to wake up at least one hour before you have any obligations and take that time for yourself! We promise it’ll be worth it in the end!
Even though the debate of morning people vs night owls is genetic, that doesn’t mean you can’t flex your wings and fly on the side of dawn. So here are the few steps that will lead you in the wanted direction.
The first and very important step is to get a proper sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps the body to get a natural routine. It is important to have 7-9 hours of sleep each night to wake up refreshed and energized. Pro-tip is to do this over the weekends as well.
Second, baby steps are also steps. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than usual while gradually increasing it until you reach the desired time. Doing this will help your body to adjust and make mornings less daunting.
Third, kickstart your day with something more powerful than coffee: natural light! You can do this by opening your curtains as soon as you wake up and stepping out into the great outdoors, even if it’s just onto your balcony. Trust us – this simple trick can help regulate our circadian rhythm so that we feel awake and refreshed.
Fourth, create a morning routine that works for you. Whether it’s yoga, stretching, journaling, or just listening to music – find something that will excite you enough to wake up an hour before the usual alarm.
Also, you can (and should) reward yourself with something special each morning to look forward to. Whether it’s your favorite breakfast or taking the time to enjoy a cup of coffee – treat yourself for making it out of bed!
Finally, remember that genetics play a huge role in who we are and how we operate. So if sometimes it doesn’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. Just think of the new day ahead and start fresh – keep pushing until you find what works best for YOU!