Are You A Morning Person?
It is a given fact and the truth that most entrepreneurs wake up early and stay up late to keep their businesses alive and growing. Although we get up early and stay up late, does that really make us a morning person or night owl? No not really, most of the time we force ourselves to not hit that ‘oh so amazing’ snooze button and instead get up and hit the grind.
You may be wondering though ‘is there a way to a make yourself a morning person?’ In reality their really is no such thing as a morning person in my eyes. I think it has more to do with prepping yourself, not only the night before but throughout the day. There are a handful of things you can do to make it easier to wake up in the morning and get your day started.
Here are several ways to become an early riser and morning person:
- Exercise: The Earlier, The Better – By exercising first thing in the morning you can increase your body temperature for up to 5 hours. This means more energy to get you through that midday crash and your workout session out of the way for the day.
- Avoid Artificial Light: If you have any light in your sleeping quarters like a night light, alarm clock, or even small standby light on your TV can make a difference in your sleeping panel. If you can try to black out your room, use black tape over standby lights and create an organic environment to sleep in.
- Eat Protein By Day, Drink Dairy By Night: Protein is hard on the stomach and difficult for your digestive system to digest, so by eating protein during the day it will give your stomach time to digest. Just like growing up, make sure to drink a cup of milk in the evening. Milk can assist you in falling asleep and staying asleep. Many dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk and rice milk have tryptophan in it as well but not nearly as much as dairy milk.
- No More Napping: Naps can be the enemy to a good nights sleep, especially if they are over 25 minutes long. Your body goes into deep sleep after 25 minutes, which is no longer a nap and is when your body begins to restore. Waking up after a 25 minute nap may leave you groggy and cranky. So keep it short and brief, around 10 to 15 minutes is perfect!
- Cut Back On The Chemicals: No more caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or sweets 4-6 hours before bed. It will leave your body craving more and a boost of energy you do not want during the night.
- Save The Bedroom For Sleep: The bedroom should be a solitude, an environment that you have created where you can sleep well and dream often. Try to keep the TV out of the room and computers some where else. Any external things, rather than sleep, should be kept else where.
How do you get into the habit of waking up early in the morning?
Do you have any other tips you could add to these?
Is it important for you to wake up early or do you like being a night owl?
Til’ Next Time,