How to Be a Morning Person
Stop hitting that snooze button.
by REGAN TALLEY ★ NOV. 2, 2018
We all dread the moment your alarm goes off on a Monday morning is single-handedly the worst sound of all time. It means the weekend is over and you can no longer procrastinate on finishing that project anymore. We all know that getting out of bed is hard AF, so at UGirl we’ve put together some tips and tricks that are sure to get you up and running before the day escapes you.
I know, duh, right? This one sounds obvious but the temptation to watch Netflix at midnight is underestimated. If you want to wake up earlier, you will have to go to sleep earlier. So when it is time to get up in the morning, you won’t feel like death. Prioritize your work and your day so you can aim for a healthy dose of eight hours of sleep a night (it’s possible, we promise).
You snooze, you lose
Look, it is so tempting to hit that snooze button, but, this can seriously interrupt your REM cycle. Just because you stayed in bed for an extra hour doesn’t mean you are more alert. In fact, this can have the opposite effect and make you feel more exhausted (not to mention annoy your roomie with your phone constantly going off). Set one alarm and stick to it.
Break up with your phone
If your phone is right next to you, it will be all the more tempting to mindlessly hit the snooze button when it goes off. But by keeping your phone across the room, you actually have to get out of bed to shut it off. This also prevents you from scrolling through insta at 2 a.m. even though you have to get up at 8.
Consistency is key
Try getting up at the same time every morning during the week. This will make it progressively easier to get out of bed. Instead of feeling like death at 8, you will be naturally alert and awake. Waking up at the same time every day, allows your body to develop a rhythm. Rather than feeling exhausted when that alarm goes off, you will feel ready to take on the day.
If you are used to sleeping until noon everyday, there’s no way on this earth you will get up at 7 a.m. Set an alarm for a time that you know you will get up for. This will help you establish a consistent wake-up call that helps prepare your mind and body for the day ahead.
Hop in that shower
When you first roll out bed, you might look and feel like a zombie. The only fix is grabbing that caddy and hop in the shower. Not only will you look ten times better, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your morning. Goodbye caffeine!
Stretch it out
By taking five minutes to stretch, your body will feel ready to move and not so sluggish. When that dreaded alarm goes off, do some simple stretches like clasping your hands behind your back or extending your arms above your head. This will help ward off exhaustion and feel energized as you go about your day.
Create a routine
Creating a consistent, healthy morning routine, will get you energized and prepared for the day ahead. Grab a friend and go to the gym or head to the student center with your roomie to get work done before your class begins. More of a homebody? No worries! Grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to relax and focus on yourself.
By utilizing these tips and tricks, you can get up and at ‘em for before that dreaded 8 a.m. starts. Although hard, changing your habits to become a morning person is possible. Be patient and stick with it, and even you can get up on the right side of the bed everyday. Good morning sunshine!