Three Steps to Train Yourself to Become a Morning Person
I have never been much of a morning person, and probably never will be. But according to Reader's Digest there are three basic steps to train yourself to become a morning person. Most of the steps are pretty straight forward and simple like making sure you eat breakfast. And no, that giant bowl of fruit loops doesn't count – you're supposed to load up on things that are high in fiber like oatmeal and things that are high in protein like eggs.
Here are three more simple things you can do to turn yourself into a morning person.
Don't Stay Up Past Your Bedtime
Obviously, you'll be tired in the morning if you don't get enough sleep. But just getting the recommended seven to eight hours won't make you a morning person. You also have to go to bed at roughly the same time every night, so you don't mess with your body's internal clock. If you go to bed at the same time every night for enough nights in a row you'll start waking up feeling refreshed instead of tired. So put down the remote, those Bonanza re-runs can wait.
Let More Sunlight Into Your Bedroom
A lot of people sleep with their window blinds down to keep the room dark. But when your room is pitch black, your body thinks it's still the middle of the night. So even if you get enough sleep, you'll be groggy when your alarm clock goes off. Opening up the window blinds will let more light in the room, which will help you wake up gradually. If you just can't get more sunlight in your room, they make special alarm clocks now that wake you up with artificial sunlight. You can get one for around $125.
Get Some Early Exercise
If you're not a morning person, then you probably won't be willing to hit the gym before work. But the good news is, you don't have to. Even a quick walk or a few push-ups can help get you going. Just don't go crazy and start running marathons every morning, because several studies have shown that you're also more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack early in the morning.