Until a few months ago, I was working a full-time job where I was up at 6.30am and home at 6pm and due to this I never really had the luxury of sleeping in unless it was the weekend. Being self-employed now, I found it hard to get back into a routine of waking up early. It was only until recently that I started to feel lazy and body was sluggish because my hours were all over the place. I guess before I didn’t realise this because I didn’t know any better.
I read a post
recently whilst reading Geneva’s blog
and decided that I had to really make an effort and challenge myself to wake up at earlier everyday. If you are feeling the same way, here are a few tips I’ve learnt to help guide you to becoming a morning person (a better one anyway!)
Morning view on holiday
*Going to bed earlier
Try to shut down and go to bed a little earlier. Take into account that the average person needs about 8 hours sleep every night. Taking small steps will help and by going to sleep earlier you’re body will have enough rest to be able to rise earlier -sometimes even automatically.
*Keep your body clock regulated
Our bodies work on a regular cycle of 24 hours which means if we go to sleep 3 hours later on the weekend, your body clock gets pushed back by 3 hours, which means that come Monday your body will be trying to catch up on sleep hours. So the best recommendation would be to keep your sleep-wake times the same by sleeping regular hours as much as possible.
*Practice a relaxing routine
In the age we live in, many of us are hooked onto our phone, pads and tabs. It is probably a good idea to allow yourself to lay off your electronic gadgets just before you go to bed and instead do things to relax yourself such as journalling, read or even meditate. Try will help tire you maybe and put you to sleep. It’s also good to go to bed a little earlier than your sleep time to relax, sometimes it takes that much time to wind down.
*Create a sleep sanctuary
When you make your sleeping abode a snooze-haven and make it comfortable it will be relaxing and a place of comfort hence hopefully aid the process of sleep for you. Dim the light and make sure it is quiet. Other ways are to have the right temperature so if you live in a warmer climate country, use cotton sheets and maybe even have
A good alarm clock is very helpful because it will help you wake up exactly at the chosen time until your body clock is used to your sleep-wake times and you may not need one anymore. Try not to use the snooze button too many time though. To be honest I put mine a little bit away from me so I had to get out of bed to turn it off, worked a trick.
I look forward to this!
This is a favourite because I look forward breakfast as a meal also I have my morning ritual activities that go along with it. Plan what you’ll be having the next day and it may get you out of bed. I especially love going out for poached eggs on the weekend with Mr SbS.
My morning face
So the update from me is that after about 6 weeks now I can say I’m definitely feeling a lot better. I feel that it is important to be disciplined and because I like being up early for a fresh start to the day this then gives me a overall whole sense of wellbeing. I’m no expert but I will carry on doing this. I’m sure there will be sleep in once in a while;-)
Are you a morning person? Maybe you are trying to be one.. Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what you do to get you out of bed:-)