Some people are blessed with the ability to rise with the sun and get their day started with incredible productivity and energy. Others of us unwillingly drag ourselves out of bed after the ninth time we hit snooze, and it seems like hours before we’re even remotely productive or even awake. For those in the latter group, there is hope. There are a few things you can do regularly to help yourself become more of a morning person, which is sure to positively impact various aspects of your life, both during school and into adulthood.
Go to Sleep Earlier
This one should be obvious, but it can be hard for students or young adults to accomplish this. Between hanging out with friends, balancing school and work, and finding time to actually relax, getting to bed at a decent time can be hugely challenging. Most young people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night, so if you can get in bed and turn off technology around 8 hours before you have to wake up, you’ll be taking a big first step towards becoming a morning person.
Create a Nighttime Routine
This may take you back to toddlerhood, where a bath, book, and bed were on the docket each night. But there is something strangely soothing about having a nighttime routine, and implementing one can help you immensely when it comes to getting up earlier. Take a shower or soak in the tub, read a book (in print!) or magazine, have some tea or water, and then get into bed. The more consistent you are and the more you enjoy your evening routine, the more likely you’ll be to stick with it and experience its positive effects.
Stop Pressing Snooze
I know this seems impossible, but you can do it! Prepare yourself mentally each night, and as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning, just get out of bed. If you’re still struggling to do this each morning after several days, consider using an alarm that tracks your sleep cycles so that it wakes you after an REM cycle, which will help you be less groggy when you’re woken. As soon as you’re awake, get up and get moving as quickly as possible, as this will help you wake up faster and have less of a desire or need to climb back into bed.