Don’t hate me but I actually am a morning person. I find I am the most productive in the morning, and so I think sleeping through it is a waste of time. Except that I couldn’t sleep past 10 if I even tried – doesn’t matter what time I went to bed. So I wouldn’t say I am a morning person by choice, I just happen to have a body schedule that prefers the early hours, and despises the night hours. I am distinctly not a night owl; I can think of no good reason to stay up past my usual bedtime of 10pm. Even going out with friends, I usually am the first one to suggest we go home (I know, how do I even have friends).
But the real reason I like to go to bed on time is I really hate being tired the next day. Its obviously worse during the work week, being tired at work is the worst – not only am I less productive and miss details, it makes the day just drag on. A consistent bed time has really improved my mornings during the week and especially on the weekends. Many people scoff at me; Who wants to get up early? Don’t you just want to lie in bed for hours? What’s so important to get up for anyways?
Although I am not a fan of having to get up before the sun is up for work (aka all winter long) but I don’t have that struggle to get myself out of bed that so many people admit to. I am not telling you that you have to become a morning person, but if you’re looking for a little more energy during the first couple hours of your work days, here is my advice:
Get up when your alarm goes off. None of the “I hit the snooze button 14 times before I got up this morning.” If you are setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you have to wake up just so you can hit the snooze you are doing yourself a disfavour. Not only could you fall back asleep and miss the next alarm, but you are not sleeping anymore, just drifting. Set your alarm for the real time you need to get up and you will add 15 more minutes of deep sleep to your morning. If you don’t have the will power to turn it off and get up, try putting your alarm out of reach to make yourself get out of bed. And if this is the case, use the really annoying beeper and not your favourite radio station.
Have a morning routine. When my alarm goes off I get up, turn on my bathroom light and stretch a little while my eyes are focusing. I wash my face and put my contacts in, then get dressed for work and do my hair/makeup. Its the same everyday, and I have read articles that you’re supposed to help yourself “stay in the moment” by avoiding these types of routines, but they help if you aren’t fully awake yet and your body can just do the movements without your full brain.
Drink a full glass of cold lemon water. You can also drink warm, I am just not a fan. Not only will this help you wake up, it feels so refreshing. My body actually craves this glass of water every morning. The cold water and lemon gets your metabolism going which helps with digestion, and the lemon nutrients are great for your skin and body.
Eat breakfast. I know this one is a tough one to sell, especially people that already have their routine set and it doesn’t include eating. Your metabolism starts when you start eating so it can help you maintain a healthy weight. It also helps you focus and gives you more energy. It doesn’t have to be a big grand slam, even just granola and yogurt, or toast with PB, or try these overnight oats.
Have your caffeine. This is an obvious important factor for anyone that needs that caffeine boost before starting their day. There is no shame on needing that cup (or 2) of coffee before diving into your inbox or meetings. Try not to go past 4 cups a day though, a study done by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 4 cups can have harmful effects on adults.
Leave your phone alone. Don’t check your emails until you are either commuting on transit or sat down in your office. Most likely there is no emergency that can’t wait until you get in. Taking the a hour (or so) in the morning to focus on yourself and waking up is much better for you than starting to stress about your day ahead.
What does your morning routine look like? Share any tips below!