I love mornings.
I seem to be a part of the 1% of the world that actually enjoys and looks forward to waking up bright and early on my weekends to enjoy the peacefulness that comes with a fresh, dewey morning.
I hadn’t always been a morning person, however. For whatever reason after I graduated High School, my mom made a rule in our house that we had to wake up before 10am and before we went anywhere for the day we had to make our bed. The waking up before 10am rule stuck with me, but the bed making– I’m still working on. Am I the only one who feels like my day is wasted if I wake up later than 8:30am on any given day? Maybe it’s because I have a really busy work week that I want to squeeze every ounce of fun out of my weekend even if that means no relaxing. Luckily, the other weekend, Haven invited Andrew and I to stay for the weekend at one of their suites and experience the Avalon life. This isn’t the blog post where I go into depth on that experience yet, but I will tell you this was possibly one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in.
However me being a Morning Person, I didn’t sleep past 8am any of the days we were there.
It’s both a blessing and a curse. So for those of you wondering “why” I love mornings, I only have a few simple reasons: I love the quietness that comes from mornings, I am reward motivated–so I look forward to making that first cup of coffee, I enjoy lounging about in cute pajamas for awhile before the world wakes up and see’s I’m wearing long johns to bed (I’m always cold), and I find myself the most productive as soon as I wake up so I like to use those hours between 7-9:30am to battle creativity slumps.
Since mornings are tough for the majority of the human population, I’ve compiled a short and sweet list of how to be a morning person below!
How to Be a Morning Person:
- Don’t set multiple alarms. Ok so I’m still pretty bad at this, but when your body is constantly drifting in an out of sleep all 7 times you snooze (guilty) that alarm, you actually wake up feeling more tired than you would have since your body is getting poor quality of sleep. As with clothes, QUALITY is always better than quantity when it comes to sleep. You can download an app that will wake your body up at the optimal time during a NREM sleep pattern and even the Fitbit or Jawbone Up will do that too.
- Get excited about mornings! This might be the most redundant advice, but as I said, I’m reward motivated so if I have to set my alarm for 5:30am to get to barre at 6am, then the only way I’m going to be motivated to WAKE UP is by knowing on the way home I get a delicious cup of iced coffee from my favorite local coffee place. BONUS: No one is in line at 7 when I finish my class.
- Eat less refined carbs. Wait, how does diet affect my wake up patterns? Well it’s simple: crappy food = crappy sleep = crappy mood = wanting to eat crappy food. Having a diet that revolves around healthy fats and tons of protein (chicken thighs > chicken breasts) actually keeps your brain lubricated and functioning better. A lot of research has gone into how refined carbs create what is called a “carb cloud” in our brains that makes accomplishing simple tasks more difficult, makes us more lazy, and of course, makes us crave more carbs to get a fast-fix to make that feeling go away. Start cutting out refined carbs so that you can wake up feeling more refreshed.
- And with that, you need to exercise. Find yourself stressed to the max all the time? Join Yoga, or BROGA as my fiance calls it to make it more manly. The meditating-zen-like atmosphere helps create calm in your sea of stress you may be experiencing. But exercise is as important to healthy sleep as much as eating properly. Exercise helps you work out stress, clear your head and tires you out ever so slightly that you’ll be ready to hit the hay early.
- Go to bed earlier with the help of supplements. My biggest vice is going to sleep at 11 when I know I have to be up at 5:30 the next morning. Then the worst part is when you start thinking about how you need to sleep, you end up getting less sleep since your thoughts are so loud in your head. (random side note: your inner voice doesn’t scream or whisper, isn’t that weird? It’s always the same volume). I like to settle down around 9pm with a cup of Sleepytime tea and I’ll take a melatonin vitamin. Melatonin is the hormone your body naturally produces to get you to go to sleep, so it helps kick start the feeling of sleepiness to get you to go to bed earlier. The blue light from your smartphone and laptop will also keep your brain stimulated. You can download an app called f.lux that will slowly dim your computer to a non blue light around the time you want to go to bed to help calm your brain.
- Keep the routine going. As with anything, redundancy is key to success. If you want to be good at anything you need to practice! Even on the weekends don’t let yourself sleep in past 9am. It makes it hard for your body to adjust when it needs to get back to it’s routine on Monday morning- making you want to give up on your new routine.
- Change your mindset. As the proverbial “they” say: Perception is reality. If you perceive waking up as a dreadful task and go into your sleep cycle with a negative mindset, it will be more difficult to want to wake up in the morning. Negative thoughts poison your body, so toss those out, put on your happy pants and say “I can’t wait to wake up in the morning because I get to have my Iced Coffee after Barre!” Instant mood change creates a more peaceful atmosphere to sleep in.
- BONUS– Sleep in cute pajamas. You don’t think I would escape this list without saying that what you sleep in can be directly related to the mood in which you go to sleep, right? Jane and Bleecker sent me these adorable pajamas to test out, sleep in and of course share with y’all my feelings on them. Which, hi, I love them. I don’t typically sleep in pajama sets as much as I do a pair of norts and an old sorority tee. Outside of Christmas pajamas, I don’t have specialty pajamas for sleeping in. However, I am a big believer in creating a beautiful life for yourself. These pajamas instantly put a smile on my face and they are backed up with amazing quality fabric that creates a soft pillow of loveliness to sleep in. I highly recommend if you are looking for summer pajamas to check out Jane and Bleecker. Some of my favorites are in the widget below!
Do you have any tips for better sleep? Always looking for more ways to get the best sleep! Leave them in the comments below.