By Peg Hays
You know these people. They are a real piece of work. They are always freshly dressed and look put-together. Behind every greeting there’s a sing-song enthusiasm in their voice. How can anybody look this great and be this happy at 8 a.m.? They’ve learned how to be a morning person, and they already know what you’re about to find out.
It’s 6:45 a.m. and your alarm clock is blaring. Being a night owl, you were up late doing things you can’t even remember (because whose brain works this early in the morning)? You reluctantly get out of bed and stumble through your morning in a haze — get dressed, eat breakfast, drink coffee and feed the dog. Is this really how you want to go about your mornings for the rest of your life? We didn’t think so.
Shape up and follow these tips to transform yourself into a morning person. After all, “the early bird gets the worm.”
The Night Before
1. Get a healthy night’s sleep. Many things influence this, and one of the most important is having the right mattress to sleep on. Make sure you are getting that great night’s sleep you need and deserve.
2. Close down all electronics before going to bed and say “no” to spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine in the evening at least 2 hours before bedtime.
3. Find the right sleep position for you and stick to it. The right mattress and a lifestyle base can make all the difference.
4. Read or write prior to bed – it’ll make you sleepy.
5. Take a hot shower or try some tunes. Also, white noise or natural sounds are helpful.
6. The comfort level of where you sleep is very important. Get a great quality, comfortable mattress and consider a lifestyle adjustable base.
1. Gradually work toward your preferred wake-up time. Don’t try to go from getting up at 7 a.m. to 5 a.m. Try 6:30 a.m. for a week, then go to 6:15 a.m. Also, set your alarm to a fun or soothing tone.
2. Do some simple exercises such as stretches, walking a bit or even jumping jacks when you get up. Hit the gym if you’re feeling ambitious. Getting your blood flowing will energize you.
3. Create a simple morning routine. When you’re tired, you don’t want to make a lot of decisions. A routine allows you to automate your morning, making it much more manageable. Write down exactly what will happen from the moment you wake up, until you leave the drive away for work.
4. Refrain from hitting the snooze button — it can disrupt your sleep cycle.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast. Stay away from food that spikes your insulin levels, like waffles and syrup. They’ll give you a boost, but cause a crash quickly thereafter. Instead, eat protein-packed food like eggs and bacon.
6. Add activities into your morning routine that you actually enjoy and look forward to. It could be reading, writing, walking, or watching a favorite news program.
You too can be that happy, enthusiastic morning person. It will make a big, positive difference in the rest of you day. Be sure to check out the mattress you are sleeping on too. If you aren’t getting the comfort you need and deserve, go to a reputable mattress store and get a new one.