10 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being a Morning Person (Yes, Really!)

10 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being a Morning Person (Yes, Really!)

February 1, 2016

Morning people — they’re a rare breed. For most, it’s hard to imagine waking up before the alarm goes off and charging into the day with gusto. (Only morning people use the word “gusto,” anyway!)  

Mornings are usually filled with repetitive slaps of the snooze button, slow and heavy shuffling toward the shower, and the grownup equivalent of yelling out, “Just five more minutes, Mom!”

They’re a drag. 

Although getting yourself up and ready for work or school is never going to be a breeze, there are a few ways to make it a lot easier.

So wake up, sleepyhead, it’s time to get up — and here are 10 ways to make that happen.

It’s much easier to wake up in a brightly lit room than in a dark cave. When the sun hits your face, you’re far more likely to toss off the covers than when you’re cloaked in dozy darkness.

Your body is telling you it’s ready to start the day and that you’ve completed the most recent sleep cycle. Forcing your brain to power back down sets you up for a rude awakening when your body isn’t allowed to complete the oncoming cycle.

A green juice or smoothie is a great way to start the day, but nobody wants to spend their first waking moments with a peeler in hand.

Prepare your fruits and vegetables ahead of time. Create individual sandwich bags with everything you need to make a smoothie, or freeze portions in ice cube trays. No chopping or peeling makes it easy to whip up an energy-boosting breakfast.

Your body needs a routine, and when you force yourself to wake up at the same time every day, you’ll create an internal rhythm. 

Give yourself an incentive to get ready with tasty treats or luxurious beauty products. It’s much easier to get out of bed when there’s a reward at the end of the tunnel. Get yourself showered, dressed, and ready to go, and then indulge in something that makes you happy.

Let’s face it: We’re all just kids who need a treat for good behavior.

Many workout facilities employ a 24-hour cancellation policy for their early-morning classes. So sign up the night before and go first thing. After all, nobody likes to pay a cancellation fee!

Every time you hit the snooze button, your body falls back into a disrupted sleep cycle, which leads to a panicked feeling when the alarm sounds as well as groggy aftereffects.

LED lighting, bright screens, and overstimulation do not prepare you for restful sleep. Your mind needs time to power down.

Pop a mint in your mouth as soon as you wake up. It will stimulate your senses and actually trick your brain into thinking that food is imminent. It’s an especially good idea if you have company!

A hydrated body sleeps better and wakes up well rested. Plus, you know it’s good for you.

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