How to slip into a Morning Routine the right way, for the drowsy night-owls
As a night-owl, it can be almost impossible to stick to an early birds routine…and feel ready to take on the day. This problem is prevalent in our society, as over 30% of society classifies themselves as a night owl. As such, it’s only natural that one would want to slip into a morning routine if they would like to have more hours in the day.
Firstly, whatever your problem is, don’t blame it on yourself! Naturally, night-owls have a different circadian rhythm; this makes them feel more tired (yet creative, ironically) in the A.M. If you’re fine with that, then stick with your routine.
If you’re not, read on!
Now that I’ve identified these central problems, let’s get down on solutions.
Slip Into a Morning Routine By Waking Up Easier
There are many reasons this can be difficult, so, for now, I’m going to look at the most common things you should and shouldn’t do to remedy this.
Do Have some serious motivation
I, of all people, know how difficult it is to do something without the right determination. Without getting into the nasty details, at one point I wanted to live in Japan. To do that, you need to know Japanese. I probably learned around 100 kanji before giving up, definitely because I didn’t have rock-solid motivation.
With that being said, go ahead and grab a piece of paper, or even your phone, and write down exactly WHY you want to wake up earlier. Why do you want to be an early bird and how will it greatly benefit your life?
Make sure that you write down some extremely convincing benefits or repercussions, I know half-asleep-me doesn’t want to listen to anything fully-awake-me has to say.
Bonus Tip: Read these every morning to encourage you to leave your comfy bed.
Do Drink Tea
It’s no secret that Chamomile tea works wonders for making you drowsy. It’s also been known to help treat anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Due to this, it’s by far one of the most popular sleepytime teas.
So, if you’re having a challenging time falling asleep early, maybe tea will do the trick!
However, be warned: If you hate the taste of tea, you may need to bear with it until you get your sleeping schedule in check. Adding ingredients like sugar or syrup will do zilch to make you drowsy, sorry not sorry.
Do Exercise before bed
Doing exercise makes you feel exhausted. Feeling exhausted makes you sleepy. See what I’m getting at here?
While this is true, it turns out that there are specific exercises that can make you sleepy, faster. I know, hard to believe, right?
Anyhow, if you have trouble falling asleep, try setting a routine where you exercise for 15 minutes before bed every night. I can guarantee you will see results, and not just concerning sleep.
Do Download Sleep Cycle
If you haven’t heard of this crazy app, then go download it right now! I mean it, like right now.
The Sleep Cycle app analyzes your sleeping patterns. By choosing your wake up time, the app gently rouses you from sleep during your lightest phase of sleep. Best of all, the app is completely free! If that’s not a deal, then what is?
If that’s not your style, then there are other apps you can try as well!
Do Let in Natural Sunlight
Scientists have proven that exposing yourself to natural morning sunlight can help you wake up earlier. One thing I always think back to is the time before I had a black-out curtain over my window. Why did I get it? Because I was tired of the sunlight taking away my right to sleep in.
Do download Alarmy
This is another amazing app that doesn’t get enough attention. I can say, from experience, that I am a very heavy sleeper. I can also say, from experience, that this alarm would annoy me awake in the middle of a tornado.
So, what’s the gist?
Basically, this app allows you to set a time for it to wake you up. Then, it lets you decide how to snooze the alarm. It. Does. Not. Shut. Up. Until. You. Snooze. It.
Seriously. I had it on my old Samsung phone. On the way home from work that night, I shattered my phone. The next morning, I had to spend an hour connecting my shattered phone to my laptop, turning on USB Debugging, and then had to solve 3 maths questions before it would turn off. It’s relentless.
If you can’t wake up, get alarmy. You’ll see immediate results.
Do Binge or Read before Bed (Maybe…)
This really depends on you, honestly. Personally, it takes me a long time to fall asleep without turning on Netflix or reading a book. Obviously, this isn’t for everyone. All I can say is: pick the most mind-numbingly-boring task you can think of and do it.
Or! If you’re already tired, try reading or binging a series to help ease yourself into sleep. My go-to series to watch as I fall asleep is The Office. Because of this, I have ‘rewatched’ it around 4 times and there are still multiple episodes I’ve never seen. This is obviously also based on you as a person, but I know a good deal of people that have to do something similar to fall asleep. Though this may not be the best tip to slip into a morning routine, it doesn’t hurt to try!
Tip: Make sure (if you’re on a cell phone) to turn on your blue light filter! Blue light keeps you awake and can damage your eyesight!
Don’t Drink Coffee or Eat before Bed
You probably hear this from everyone, but there is a lot of truth to it. Caffeine makes you more alert and eating even 4 hours before bed will give you unnecessary energy and slow down your metabolism. Save yourself the trouble and snack at an earlier time if you want your beauty rest.
Do Reset your Circadian Rhythm
Your circadian rhythm is ultimately what makes you a night owl or an early bird. This is, consequently, what makes you feel energized and tired at the same time, every single day.
Take a brief pause to thank your circadian rhythm that you are the way you are. (Note the sarcasm).
Thankfully, there are ways you can reset that process to allow you to wake up earlier. This can include skipping naps, waking at the same time each day, or even just turning off blue lights.
Do make Breakfast
Unless you’re going on a fast, eating breakfast is widely considered to be the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast has numerous benefits including a lower BMI, an increase in the consumption of healthy snacks, and better memory performance.
This, in turn, leads to you being healthier, which also suggests you’ll sleep better. So, if you are attempting to slip into a morning routine, try eating an early breakfast while you’re at it!
Tip: When you do make breakfast, try to make it healthy.
Do yoga as soon as you wake up
When my life is stable enough, I try to do yoga as soon as I get up. Though I have been known to relapse back to my sedentary lifestyle, it has always been obvious to me that yoga is a rejuvenating way to start the day. It helps relax your mind and body while working out your core muscles.
As said before, have a healthy daily routine leads to a healthy night routine. If you don’t like yoga, try swapping it with a morning run or your preferred exercise!
Finally, if you don’t need to become an early lark, then don’t. Whether the world operates at a different pace or not, it’s not worth worrying over.