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How to Become a Morning Person, According to Me, A Night Person

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I am a night person through and through. I've always been better at staying up way too late than waking up early. Until recently, being a morning person was a foreign concept that, despite how appealing it sounded, could never be a possibility for me. In the last week of August, I decided to give it a try. Here's why I've loved attempting to become a morning person, and why I think you should give it a try, too!

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What I did to become a morning person

It all started on a very short family cabin vacation; the ambience of the quiet cabin made me want to get up early, sip on some hot coffee, and watch the sun rise over the lake. For not one, but two mornings in a row, I woke up before 6:30 AM. I woke up at 6:00 AM most mornings before this for work, but these days were different. When I got up for work, I was always tired; when I woke up by choice to see the sunrise, I found it was easy to get out of bed. The difference here is pretty clear: I was getting up by choice, to see something I've wanted to see more of. I woke up to my alarm, eager to sit by the lake. I brewed some coffee, grabbed a blanket, and watched the sun rise over the still lake. It was completely worth it. 

Fast forward to my second week back at UW-L, and I decided to try the morning thing again. I set my alarm for 6:45 AM, and at 7:15, met my friends to go for a morning bluff hike. (I would highly recommend a morning hike!!) Once again, I brought a blanket and some hot coffee. We sat at the top of Miller Bluff for a good hour and a half, talking and catching up. By the time we hiked back down, plenty of people were just waking up. Once again, it was absolutely worth setting an alarm earlier in the morning. 

What I learned in pursuit of becoming a morning person

Since I've tried becoming a morning person, there's one extremely valuable thing I learned. Waking up early makes me feel happier, healthier and more productive. I've even set an alarm earlier simply to do homework in the morning so I have more free time in my afternoon. Being awake earlier makes me feel like I put my morning to good use. I've noticed that waking up earlier (by choice) helps me feel refreshed and responsible. There are have been all kinds of benefits, which is why I recommend you try it, too. Here are my tips for waking up early:

1. Give yourself a good reason to wake up

Admittedly, it's hard to wake up early if you don't have a plan for your morning. Whether it's something fun like watching the sunrise or hiking, or something as simple as getting more things done, make sure you have something lined up to motivate you to get out of that bed.

2. Make coffee, if that's your thing

I make coffee every morning, which might be a little over the top, but it certainly helps me feel like a morning person. In my opinion, there is nothing quite like waking up and smelling the coffee. If coffee helps you wake up, then don't hesitate to make it a part of your early morning routine.

3. Enjoy yourself

Waking up to do homework might not be the most exciting thing ever, but if you're pushing yourself to wake up early, make sure you're really taking it in. Giving yourself a couple extra hours in your day should give you more time to slow down and relax. Take advantage of that.

With finals rolling in, everyone, including myself, is busier than ever. Recently, I have found myself waking up and thinking, “If only I woke up a few hours earlier I would be so much more productive today.” Waking up early and getting your day going when the sun rises seems daunting, but in reality it just takes a little practice. And in the long run, waking up early will give you more energy, allow you to get more done, and live a happier and healthier life! Of course going to bed early will help alleviate the difficulty of waking up earlier than you’re used to, but there are also a few ways to turn yourself into an early bird.

1. Workout - Waking up and going to the gym is the best way to get your endorphins going and energize your body for the day. Signing up for a workout class is a great way to feel motivated and committed, but even something as simple as going for a walk around the block will do the trick! The fresh air will wake you up and getting moving will energize you.

2. Keep the Blinds Open - This may sound harsh and not at all how you want to start your day, but it will definitely make a difference. Waking up when the sun starts to rise and lighten your room is actually way less harsh than having the alarm go off in your dark room with the shades down where it still feels like the middle of the night. 

3. Make a Good Breakfast - You’ve heard it a million times - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This phrase may be overused, but it is true. Breakfast is the fuel for your day, and also a great incentive to get out of bed for a delicious treat. You don’t have to stick to boring breakfasts like cereal or toast, but rather think of a few quick recipes (some you can even make the night before) and you’ll be more inclined to wake up and eat your meal. Some possibilities could include yummy overnight oats or a nice fruit smoothie!

4. Prepare the Night Before (Outfit, Bookbag, etc.) - Prepare as much as you can for the next morning so you are ready to hop out of bed and start to get ready. If you don’t have to spend 20 minutes picking out an outfit and another 15 looking for your planner you will save a lot of the precious morning hours!

It may be hard at first, but in the long run being a morning person totally pays off. Try it out and you’ll be amazed at how a few extra hours in the morning can change your entire day!

Mornings, you either hate them or love them.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who wake up in the morning feeling energized and refreshed and those who cringe at the mere thought of waking up before noon.

Regardless of which category you fit in, at some point you will have to wake up in the morning whether it’s for an 8 a.m. class, an internship, work or an interview. Becoming a morning person takes time. It's not something that happens overnight. This past summer, I picked up 6 a.m. shifts every morning to help myself transition into a morning person. At first, this transition was hard, but now I have become a pro at being a morning person.

Below are some tips and tricks that have helped me become a morning person.

The Night Before:

  • Set a Few Alarms. Forcing yourself to get up at a reasonable time in the morning isn’t easy. In order to make sure that you wake up with enough time to get dressed, I suggest setting at least three alarms within 10-15 minutes of each other.

  • Prep Before Bed. This tip is a lifesaver because you are less likely to forget anything when you leave the house, and it gives you leeway to stay in bed a little longer. Prepping before bed consists of picking out your outfit, putting everything you need for the day in a bag, and placing it by the door.

  • Limiting Caffeine and Alcohol use Prior to Bed. Drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed isn’t the best idea. When you consume either prior to bed, it can cause you to have problems falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Not to mention, the lack of sleep will cause you to feel tired and grumpy.

That Morning:

  • Take a Shower. Hopping in the shower right after bed is a great way to wake up in the morning. A pro tip is to step into the shower for 30 seconds while it’s still warming up. The cold water will put your body in a state of shock that is guaranteed to wake you up.

  • Coffee or Tea. Transitioning to a morning person is difficult and for some, the caffeine found in coffee and tea makes that transition a little easier. Either brewing your own or making a stop at Starbucks is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.

  • Good Playlist. I credit two things for making me an energetic morning person - coffee and a great morning playlist. When I first wake up in the morning, I go straight to Apple Music or Spotify and turn on one of my morning playlists. My morning playlists are full of upbeat songs that put me in a good mood. If you don’t have time to make a playlist of your own, try some of the premade lists on Apple Music or Spotify.

Happy Mornings,

Tamiracle

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New year, new you, new semester. Are you not a morning person and accidentally added an 8 A.M. to your schedule? You will have more time in your day to get things done by becoming a morning person. If you are stuck on how to become such, have no fear! Here are some tips on how to become a morning person, at least for the semester.

Plan the night before: Whatever that might be for you, get your backpack ready, if you need to pack a lunch, maybe a to-do list, and whatever you plan on wearing for the next day. Maybe you have an important meeting and need to dress up, or if you plan on studying, more comfy clothes. Laying out a cute outfit might actually encourage you to dress nice, rather than grabbing those sweats.

Water: Set water next to your bed for in the middle of the night if you get thirsty but more importantly,  drink some right when you wake up. It will make you feel instantly refreshed and awake. Drink at least 20 ounces, that way you can get your daily-recommended water intake.

Alarm: Set a fun song as your alarm, like Wake Me Up by Avicci, something upbeat to get you in a good mood. You won’t want to turn it off! Also, write a little reminder of the first thing you want to do that day in your alarm.

Allow Time: Allow yourself at least 3-5 min to actually wake up, check your notifications, or your to-do list for the morning/day. Then start your normal routine.

Open shades: Before you start to get ready and get out of bed, open your blinds, curtains, or shades for fresh sunlight and a wake me up. Splashing water on your face will also do the trick.

Make your bed: This way you won’t want to hop back in bed and it will be made for the rest of the day!

Get your body moving: This can be stretching, sitting up, rolling out your neck, meditating, yoga, going on a run around the lake, or going to the gym first thing before your classes. Whatever works for your schedule!

Breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t forget it! Some easy and healthy breakfast ideas would be oatmeal, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, grapefruit, toast, banana, and yogurt. Add some orange juice, green tea, or coffee, for you caffeine addicts!

Last minute homework: For us procrastinators with left over time in the morning, finish up on some reading or a homework assignment, and always remember to check your email just in case class happens to be cancelled.

Wake up, breathe, and put a smile on your face, It will make it easier to start and get through your day. Know that your best is good enough and if you don’t get your goals done for the day, know that there is always tomorrow.

 
Sammy is what you would call a Student Solider. She is in the Army and also a Senior at MNSU. Her major is Mass Media and her minor is Communication Studies. She is from Cottage Grove, MN and enjoys her weekends in the cities. She enjoys being the Her Campus MNSU Chapters Campus Correspondent and also Young Life. She wishes that fall season was year round, but living in Minnesota she will have deal with all the seasons it brings.
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