It is known that lack of sleep increases daytime fatigue, interferes with memory and concentration and it also increases hunger during the waking hours. The majority of people do not enjoy waking up early. Primarily, this could be because they have to go to work or do some other tedious task they do not enjoy. That is why I believe that making your morning a GOOD one can change the whole outcome of the day!
There is a serious problem of sleeplessness and over-sleeping in many households. Another big reason why some do not feel that spark of energy as soon as they see the sun rays peeking through their blinds is because they didn’t have a well rested sleep the night before. It is not so obvious that to become a morning person the first thing we should focus on is the night before…
Instead of trying to just wake up with the annoying buzz of the alarm clock on that morning (and snoozing it for almost an hour!), lets focus on having an early dinner and go to bed earlier.
If you make a habit of going to sleep earlier, you will find that getting up earlier becomes easier or even natural! Simple right?!
Tips from early risers:
Try to go to bed at the same time each night.
It is recommended that we turn off all our electronic devices, or at least put them on the other side of the room, at least an hour before going to bed (preferably 2 hours before if possible).
Getting into a nighttime routine is helpful as well. You can take a warm shower, put on relaxing music, read a book, write in your diary, stretch, meditate, anything you can do to help relax the mind and body.
Research recommends to not eat 2-3 hours before bedtime.
A heavy meal at night can cause indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, weight gain, disrupted sleep, etc. Unfortunately, if we lie down after a huge meal, it can be a strain and lead to a feeling of lethargy in the morning making it hard to wake up.
Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine believe the late evening and early morning hours are the time for cleansing and healing the body from the day before.If we are using the body’s energy to digest food (which should have occurred during the active day-time hours), we are not giving the body that precious cleansing time that it needs to help fight off disease, as well as help heal ourselves naturally. (taken from globalhealingcenter.com )
Tips To Avoid Eating Late At Night
- Eat a moderate breakfast and a heavier lunch.
- Have a larger dinner before/at 6 PM.
- When you feel like eating late at night, drink a cup of warm lemon water or an herbal tea with raw honey. Hot liquids are soothing and warming.
- Brush your teeth earlier! It may sound simple, but some people find that if they just brush their teeth, they are less likely to indulge in late-night eating patterns.
- Go on a brisk walk after dinner. Ayurvedic medicine says that we should eat no later than six o’ clock, and afterwards take a walk of at least 108 steps!
Something else that interferes with my morning momentum and vibrancy is the amount of sleep I actually get. If I sleep too much I tend to wake up overslept, over tired. I am a firm believer in getting to know your body and what works for you.
Personally, I have more than enough sleep after resting for 8 hours. So, for example, my sleep time when getting up at 5am is 9pm. If I sleep more than that, it gets harder for me to spring out of bed early like I enjoy.
There are certain things I like to do to make the transition easier. Here are some things that motivate me!
Motivations To Get Up Early:
- Organise something nice to do, even better if it is with someone else because it keeps you accountable (daily walk is perfect).
- Place your alarm clock out of reach. Make it a song you love 😉
- Have a nice outfit already picked out.
- Sit up in bed as soon as you open your eyes.
- Have pre-cut fruits, soaked chia seeds, bircher, etc, to have breakfast pretty much ready when you wake up!