Yes, you might require a coffee to kickstart your morning and want to throw your bedside lamp at the birds outside if they wake you up at the crack of dawn… but don’t despair, you are not alone. There’s a number of tricks that can help you transition into a morning person if you so want to:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up
Research suggests that drinking a glass of water as soon as you get up will not only burn calories, it will also help kickstart your metabolism. If you’ve just had a good eight hours sleep, that means you have not drunk anything for eight hours! Your body needs to rehydrate. So drink a glass of water straight away to tackle the day head on.
2. Regulate your sleeping pattern
You probably hear this all of the time – but the more rested we are, the easier it will be to get up in the morning. If you are a night owl and go to bed late, you might need to look at retraining yourself into going to bed a bit earlier every night for a week, until you reach a time where you feel refreshed the next morning.
3. Start a routine
Prep your clothes and lunch for the next day. Make a habit of keeping your keys and phone in a certain place to avoid the early morning panic of being late to work. Try to incorporate as much of your morning routine into the night before as possible.
4. Don’t procrastinate
Try not to procrastinate! If you’re sitting on the sofa at 11pm and you’ve forgotten to make your lunch for the next day, don’t leave it until the morning! Get it done before you hit the hay – you will feel much better for it.