Do you struggle to pull yourself out of bed in the morning? If so, you’re not alone, some people just aren’t morning people and you probably look at people who wake up early in the morning like they’re loons, after all, who doesn’t love a good lay-in?
But there are some things you can do, to make getting up in the morning an easier task and then maybe you’ll find that you’ve been a morning person all along. There are lots of common reasons why people find it hard to properly wake up in the morning.
Today, we’ll walk you through a few changes you can make to wake up earlier in the mornings and become an early bird.
Plan Out Sleep Timings
On the surface, this may seem like an odd way to wake up more easily, but hear us out on this. You probably know that there are different levels of sleep, ranging from light sleep, to deep sleep (or REM sleep). Well in a night you go in and out of deep sleep multiple times and you can use this for an easier wake up.
It takes roughly ninety minutes for a REM sleep cycle to happen, so rather than just going to bed whenever and waking up when you need to, plan your sleep schedule out in batches of 90 minutes, this will mean that you wake up in the light sleep section of your sleep cycle rather than having to wake up in the midst of deep REM sleep.
So if you want to be awake at 7am, go to bed at 10pm or 11:30pm, this will give you 5 or 6 ninety minute REM cycles and you’ll wake up at the end of the last cycle fresh as a daisy.
Install Electric Blinds
Blackout blinds are great for getting you to sleep as the dark environment is great for making you sleep, but in the morning they can make it harder to naturally wake up as there’s no light in your room to prompt your body to wake up.
Electric blinds can solve this problem, as you can pre-programme electric blinds to move at certain times. This means that you can use them to open and let light into your room around the time you wish to wake up, which will let your body turn from night mode to day mode and start to wake you up.
Even if you don’t programme them, just opening them when you wake up via remote, will make it easier for you to stay awake and get out of bed!
Put Your Alarm Out Of Reach
As we mentioned in our last point, humans operate on a ninety-minute sleep cycle, so unless you plan on getting another hour and a half of sleep, that snooze button won’t do you any favours and more than likely, you’ll feel more tired each time it rouses you.
By moving your alarm out of reach from your bed, will not only prevent you from smashing the snooze button, but will also make you get out of bed to turn it off. Just by getting out of bed and standing up, you’ll feel much more awake than if you just stayed awake in your bed.
Once you’re up, you’re up and you’ll find morning are a lot easier when you’re up and about.