There are two types of people in the world, those who spring out of bed, have breakfast, send their emails and hit the gym all before 8 am. And those who press the snooze button 18 times before even considering stepping into the shower. A lot of the time if you're not a morning person, you could get as much sleep as you like and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference to how easily you wake up in the morning. It doesn't necessarily mean you're lazy, it's scientifically proven hating mornings is in our genes. Don't worry though, we've put together some tips on how to wake up early if you're not a morning person.
How to wake up early if you're not a morning person:
1) Be consistent
You may think those late nights last week were spontaneous but the truth is, the brain is a creature of habit. That one late night last week will have completely spun your natural sleep rhythm out causing you to fall asleep at the same time, every night. If a natural sleeping rhythm is disrupted then the times you feel tired and wake up are going to shift. Most of us have a set time we need to wake up for work every day which is great but come the weekend, it's oh-so-tempting to have a lay in.
Unfortunately, this is a sure fire way to expect groggy mornings the following week. If you sleep in at weekends or over Christmas your body will experience something similar to jetlag. Trying to adjust to a different sleeping pattern a few times a week is literally like existing in a different time-zone.
2) Try not to hit Snooze
We would probably do anything for 10 more minutes in bed in the morning. Then the Snooze button came along... Unfortunately, as much as you think it's your saving grace in the morning, it couldn't be further from it. Your brain goes back into a deep sleep cycle to the moment you close your eyes again. The second time your alarm goes off you'll be in a deeper sleep than before. Needless to say, you'll feel groggier than ever.
The real advice is to set your alarm for when you actually need to get up. And just get up. It's easier said than done but the 30 minutes spent pressing snooze could be 30 minutes extra actually just sleeping.
It's scientifically proven that waking up in Winter is a challenge for even the most morning loving of morning people. It seems infinitely more tempting to stay in that cozy duvet. That's down to the fact humans are essentially trained to wake up when the suns up. In Winter it's almost impossible to wake up in sunlight. Try and turn on a lamp as soon as you wake up. Yes, it's probably the last thing you want to do when you're tired. But it will definitely help you feel less groggy!
4) Your Genes
There are lots of tips to help you wake up easier in the mornings. But for some people, it's written into their DNA to struggle with early mornings.
‘People are either larks or owls, and that’s largely determined by genetics, so there’s little you can do about that’ says Dr. Stanley. ‘Severe evening people – those who naturally who would want to go sleep later – will just struggle to wake up in the mornings.’
Annoyingly too, the same genes are linked to body weight. Meaning people who spring out of bed when the alarm goes off are more likely to be thinner. Talk about unfair! Fortunately, although it is literally part of your DNA to hate the mornings. Training the brain is completely possible and achievable if you stick to the same routine. Like I mentioned earlier, we're creatures of habit. If we have a routine that we stick to for more than a week it will become the new normal.
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