mind and body

How to Become A Morning Person

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Waking up early in the morning is very hard specially if you’re either not just into it or you are used to being a night owl. Even though we all wish that we could be that early bird who wakes up in the morning without much of a struggle with our alarms transitioning towards it is not easy, I tell you. For me, I really have to wake up early because my job requires me to do so but I have gathered and come up with simple steps to help you become a morning person slowly and surely. I used most of it also and I could say they worked!
THE NIGHT BEFORE
these are the things that you could do to help you wake up easier in the morning.
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  • SLEEP EARLY: It is important to sleep earlier so that your body will have the energy when you wake up early the next morning. If you tend to sleep late at night, try sleeping 15-30 minutes before after 2-3 nights until you reach your goal time of when to sleep. You can’t just cut-off the time to 10 PM especially if you usually sleep by 1 AM you will end up not sleeping anyway.
  • REFRAIN FROM ELECTRONICS: especially blue lights because it affects the Pineal Glands secretion of Melatonin which helps you control sleep and wake up cycle. Also radiation from electronics will keep you awake.
  • DANGER FOODS: 
    • Alcohol: They can make you drowsy but research shows that drinking alcohol makes you more likely to wake during the night, leaving you feeling less rested in the morning.
    • Coffee: one of the most common sources of caffeine. This stimulant has a half-life of five hours, plus, in some people caffeine is not metabolized efficiently, leaving you feeling its effects even longer after consumption. Be aware that some medications contain caffeine as well (for example, diet pills).
    • Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate, though the healthiest form of chocolate from an antioxidant perspective, can contain relatively high levels of caffeine that can keep you up at night if you’re sensitive. It also contains theobromine, a compound that has caffeine-like effects.
    • Spicy Foods: Spicy foods before bedtime can give you indigestion that makes it nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep. But even if you can eat spicy foods without discomfort, they are still linked with more time spent awake during the night and taking longer to fall asleep. It’s speculated that this may be due to capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers, affecting sleep via changes in body temperature.
    • Unhealthy Fatty Foods: When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to crave high-fat, high-sugar foods the next day. But eating a high-fat diet also has impacts on your sleep, including leading to more fragmented sleep. In fact, an animal study revealed that eating fatty foods may lead to disrupted sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. The link may be due to the brain chemical hypocretin, a neurotransmitter that helps keep you awake and also plays a role in managing appetite. Keep in mind that while you should limit your intake of unhealthy fats like those from fried foods, healthy fats (including saturated fats) play an important role in your diet and shouldn’t be eliminated.
  • READ A BOOK or LISTEN TO MUSIC: this will help your mind relax and stop the thoughts that might pour into your consciousness when trying to sleep.
  • BE READY AND FEEL EXCITED FOR TOMORROW: this will condition your mind to wake up easily in the morning but don’t get too excited you might not sleep at all.

IN THE MORNING

here are some morning routines that will help you jump start your morning!

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  • Don’t hit the snooze button 

if you still find yourself putting your alarm on snooze then you better put your phone somewhere far so that when you reach your phone your body will be awake by then.

  • Prepare a playlist

do this so that your body will be conditioned to finish your morning routine when the music ended or have a certain task done after each music.

  • Let the light in
  • Drink water when you wake up and have breakfast

this will help you replenish the nutrients that your body consumed, though not that much, while you are sleeping.

TIPS:

I also came up with some tips from my journey to becoming a morning person and here they are!
  • Replace the alarm with your favourite music
  • Make your bedroom conducive for sleeping
  • Don’t use your bed for anything else
  • Condition yourself
I hope the things that I have written here helped you become a morning person! Let me know by using the hashtag #CNMornings. 🙂

 

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