How I Became An Early Riser And Started To Love Mornings
It’s early and dark. The alarm clock beeps, and you wake up. You sit on your bed for a couple of minutes, and then you grab your phone. You sit in the impenetrable darkness and only the bright screen of your phone lights up the room. You check all the usual notifications, e-mails, and news. ‘I’m half asleep,’ you think. ‘I’m just checking my Twitter updates to wake up.’ Ten minutes later you feel that you are not asleep, but you are not awake either. It’s a horrible feeling.
This was my regular morning until I decided to become an early riser five years ago.
I was a typical night owl. Sometimes I had to wake up very early for an important meeting, and it was a real challenge for me. Most of the time I went to work totally half asleep. And for the whole day I felt like I had a hangover.
But when I decided to wake up earlier, I was fascinated by the potential of mornings. Those early hours seemed like a gift, because I was able to spend some extra time very productively preparing for the coming day. Becoming a morning person also gave me an opportunity to spend more time with my wife, as we had different schedules.
Being a natural night owl, I knew I needed a plan if I wanted to avoid the mistakes of my previous early mornings. Thus, I decided to learn more about how other people wake up early so I could follow their tips.
Hallelujah! It worked! And I decided to share my experience with you.
Coffee, light, and something to do
- Now I always start my morning with coffee. But it’s not because caffeine helps me to wake up. The whole process of coffee preparation is essential to me. It takes me 15 minutes, and this process keeps me occupied during the low-willpower period. Checking my Twitter updates used to make me sleepy, and now instead of that I stay in my kitchen, wake up slowly, think of the coming day, and enjoy my cup of coffee.
- Light is the next important factor in waking up. It’s always easy to wake up on a bright, sunny day, but we can’t get out of the bed on a gloomy morning. That’s why after I wake up I turn on every light in my apartment. And when it’s possible, I try to watch the sunrise, even if it’s an hour or two after I get up.
- I need a goal or something to do to wake up early. Usually, I work. But even cooking, ironing clothes, or tidying up helps me to wake up and feel productive before the day has started.
Coffee, light, and something to do in the morning will guarantee you an easy wake-up, even if you went to bed late.
The night before
- You probably don’t get enough sleep. For example, I feel fine only after seven or eight hours of sleep. Usually I wake up at 5:45 a.m.; therefore, I go to bed at 10 p.m.
- Pay attention to how the food you eat before sleep affects you. I know that alcohol has a bad influence on our sleep. The dark chocolate that I used to love eating after dinner contains caffeine which keeps us awake.
- Finally, I’ve learned how to adjust the environment in my apartment so it would be able to help me to go to sleep. I start with lowering the lights. I close all the curtains, turn off peripheral lights in the kitchen and foyer, switch to floor lamps in the living room and bedroom. Thus, I’m slowly starting to feel relaxed.
It’s not always easy to wake early for me, but I’ve learned to love mornings. Now, by 9:30 a.m I’ve already worked productively for an hour, done household chores, and had a yummy breakfast with my two cups of coffee.
Please enjoy and treasure your morning!
Source: Bright Side