Becoming a morning person- my experience and tips

I have always admired people who can get up at 5am, do yoga and eat their perfect granola and berries in their perfect bed with white sheets... Can you tell I've been spending a lot of time on Instagram recently? While most people's morning routine obviously does not look like that, I do admire people who can wake up super early and be productive. I've never been a morning person, I will happily sleep until midday every day. Unfortunately when I do that I'm really sluggish for the rest of the day, and even if I do get some work done, sleeping in just wastes so much time. So recently I've been trying to wake up earlier, and it's surprisingly not as hard as I thought! Today I thought I'd share some tips with you in case you're trying to be a morning person too.

Figure out how long you need to sleep
This was a major thing for me. We're always told that you need at least eight hours of sleep and I used to think that I was one of those people who needs at least ten hours of sleep to function normally. However over the past few weeks when I've been revising and didn't have to be up at a certain time, I found that I actually naturally wake up after about six hours, and that's when I feel the most refreshed. Before I always made the mistake of going back to sleep, because I could and I thought I needed more sleep, and then I would feel sluggish later and couldn't get out of bed. Now I just get up whenever I naturally wake up (although I do have an alarm set for 8am in case that doesn't happen).

Resist the snooze
Ah snoozing. When I was growing up, my mum would wake me up in the morning but then I would be allowed to 'mutschel' (it's a Cleve word, don't ask) until she'd prepared breakfast, so even my mum basically has a snooze function! The problem with snoozing is that it just makes you more tired, so just turn off the snoozing function on your alarm. Do it now, I'll wait.

Get. Out. Of. Bed.
Waking up early has been so much easier for me since I've had my own place, because when I was still living with other people I would get up, make coffee and then get back into bed with my coffee. Not exactly helpful! Now when I wake up I immediately get up, go to the kitchen and make myself some breakfast and then sit on the sofa in the living room. Even though I'm basically going from sitting in one comfy place to the next, I find that the simple act of getting out of bed really helps me wake up.

Water before coffee
I love coffee, I don't know what to do without it. But I find that in the morning, water wakes me up so much more. I tend to have a glass of water with one of those fizzy vitamin C things in them (I don't know what they're called but seriously I haven't gotten a cold since I started doing this) and then have coffee after I finished that.

I know none of these tips are exactly ground breaking, but they really helped me become more of a morning person! Let me know if you have any other tips!

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