Daylight savings is this Sunday and everyone will lose an hour of sleep! And, on that note we thought it was appropriate to talk about sleep and those happy-go-lucky morning people and how it’s even possible for someone to wake up so easily in the morning.
You know those people who wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and head to the gym? They’re happy, alert and ready for the day.
Then, there are those other people (like us) who can barely open their eyes in time to get ready for work without having to rush. And going to the gym in the morning? Yeah right! So, we recently did a little experiment to see if someone who is, by nature, not a morning person AT ALL, could change her routine enough to get used to waking up early. As it turns out, she could!
Follow the 8 tips to become a morning person:
#1: That afternoon caffeine boost? DON’T.
As tired as you might feel at 1-2 p.m., it’s not worth drinking down that venti, double espresso coffee that’s effects can last for up to 8 hours (meaning keeping you up until 10 p.m.). Have your morning coffee or tea and then sip on water and caffeine-less beverages (this includes skipping most sodas)!
#2: Turn off all electronics at least 1 hour before bed.
Studies show that staring at the bright lights of your TV, cell phone, IPAD and computer single your brain to stay awake, making it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Turning them off and on silent an hour before you’re ready to go to bed will give you time to wind down.
#3: Relax, relax, RELAX.
Take a nice, hot shower or bath in dim light with some calming music (or none at all). And, throw in a little bit of essential oils, such as lavender, to help your body go into relax mode. When you step out of the tub, your body temperature drops making you more likely to fall into a deep sleep sooner rather than later.
Drinking chamomile tea helps induce sleep. And, it’s really yummy.
#5: What time should you go to bed?
Depending on what time you have to be up the next morning, I recommend starting off with a minimum of 8 hours, for at least one week. Then, you can determine how you feel and adjust accordingly. If you need more sleep, up it to 9 hours, etc.
#6: A perfect 68 degrees.
You want the temperature of your room to be just right. Not too hot or too cold. Start out with 68 degrees and make sure you have a nice blanket to keep you wrapped up and warm. Adjust to cooler or warmer temperatures if you wake up freezing cold or sweating hot.
#7: Don’t allow yourself to oversleep on the weekends.
I know how tempting it is. But, at least for the first few weeks, force yourself to get up right around the same time you usually do. This will allow your body to adjust and help reset your circadian clock.
#8: White Noise
Sometimes, getting a white noise box, or even purchasing calming music off of iTunes will help you asleep. You can try ocean waves, rain or even the calming quiet melodies of different instruments. While it’s not for everyone, it’s proven to be beneficial for me. As a light sleeper, the music drowns out noises such as car doors being shut, engines starting, etc. to help me stay asleep. (Waking up in the middle of the night is the worst!)
Good luck and sweet dreams!