Have you told yourself that you’re going to get up early. And then you stay up way too late and when your alarm goes off early do you like screw it and go back to sleep? Becoming a morning person can be quite the adventure.
How I’ve been there. Sometimes I’m still there. Somewhere along the journey of my life I stopped going to bed early and waking up early and going to bed late and trying to get up early.
I don’t know if you know this or not… Buuuutttt it doesn’t work well that way. If you stay up way too late then you’re not going to be able to get up early.
Unless you’re some freak of nature that only needs three hours of sleep, it’s just not going to happen.
Did you know that sleep and resting your body can be just as important as workouts?
If you didn’t know that, I’ll bet you don’t believe it. Because I know I didn’t believe it until I started doing some studying on it.
Our bodies when they sleep basically hit a reset button which is why when you’re sick the doctor told you make sure you sleep and rest. Because your body is doing a lot of work to try to make you well.
So when we work out we basically tear our bodies down. Then our bodies rebuild themselves stronger which is why muscles get bigger and you get leaner.
That’s pretty cool, huh?
So why is it that we have such a hard time getting good sleep and rest?
A lot of it has to do with the stress that we are under in this life. Over the course of the past 60 years our society has progressively become more stressful. There are studies today that have shown that high school students are under the same amount of stress as adults.
That is an incredible statistic as well as a very sad statistic. While we won’t go into the ins and outs of why I think we’re under so much stress let’s talk about how we can better use sleep and relaxation to becoming a morning person which will in turn help you get more done.
No I’m not crazy, you will get more done in your day if you would get up early and go to bed at a decent hour. If you don’t believe me give it a try for a month. Just 30 days to see if it makes any difference in your life.
Becoming a Morning Person – Removing Stressors
Removing stressors in your life is going to be a huge part of this. Because a lot of times we feel like we have to say yes to a lot more than we actually have to say yes to.
Follow the bouncing ball here..
I tend to feel stressed when I am overwhelmed when my calendar is way overbooked. If I don’t have buffers in my day even if they’re just five minute buffers, then by the end of the day I feel like I have not actually accomplished anything. This in turn makes me feel completely stressed out and feel like I have to work more to feel more just to feel accomplished.
Let me tell you something being inside my brain sometimes it’s scary. But that’s a different story for a different day let’s continue with what I was saying.
A while back, I learned that I was going to have to start saying “no” to things. I was afraid to start doing this because I thought I was going to start letting people down.
I know that you might feel like telling people no is letting them down.
But you know what actually lets them down? Is it when you tell them yes and you don’t actually have time or energy to fulfill their request.
By removing those types of stressors from your life by learning to say no and opening up some time on your calendar will allow you more freedom and you will not have let anyone down. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.
Becoming a Morning Person – Workout in the evening
Wait, what? Aren’t personal trainers supposed to tell people to work out in the morning?
Nope. Not if it doesn’t work for you and your body.
If you are naturally a night owl and you have a hard time winding down for the night, a good gym session at night could be just the ticket to get you to wear yourself out and get ready to wind down for the night.
Here’s a tip- don’t take pre-workout right before your evening workouts. It’ll make it that much harder for you to go to sleep.
If you want to have some caffeine of some kind, take it earlier than right before your workout. I don’t recommend pre-workout anyway, but that’s a different story.
If you’re currently one of my clients or have bought one of my instant downloads or know me at all, you know that I don’t play around when it comes to workouts. So, when I say get a good workout in, I mean, get a good workout in.
Get you a good circuit done, lift some weights, and leave that gym sweating.
Then, get your fanny home and in the shower.
Becoming a Morning Person – Eat dinner before 7
This is a big one. While it actually has nothing to do with weight loss it has everything to do with digestion.
Giving your body time to digest before you try to sleep will allow your body to rest easier. Because, if your body is trying to digest food while you’re also trying to sleep, it doesn’t work very well because digestion is active and sleep is obviously very passive. Because of this, your body doesn’t know which way to go and it can cause very disrupted sleep.
Here’s another tip- if your meal is heavy in the evening, I recommend eating it even earlier to allow just a bit more digestion time.
If eating earlier will make you hungry closer to bedtime, then still eat earlier, but have a light planned snack for closer to bedtime. Make sense?
Okay great! Let’s move on.
Becoming a Morning Person – Turn off Electronic Devices
Uuuggghhhh. You knew I was going to go here, right? You had to know!
You know why I did go here, don’t you? Of course you do. It’s because you know it’s true.
That little tiny screen called your phone can trigger your brain into thinking it’s daytime.
It’s got something to do with the blue tint of the screen that makes your brain wake up.
Some of you are probably saying right now, “Amber, I fall asleep looking at my phone. So, I’m not sure you’re right on this one. “
To which I say, fair point. I’ve done that myself.
However, it probably takes you forever to fall asleep doing that, plus, just because your eyes and body finally gave up to sleep, doesn’t mean your brain did.
Your brain can still be working while you’re sleeping. It’s called a restless sleep. Your mind is still “on” and firing, while your body is asleep.
This can actually lead to you being more tired.
So! Turn off your cell phone and laptop about an hour before you plan to sleep. It will make a huge difference.
Becoming a Morning Person – Make Lights Dimmer
When it’s time to get ready for bed, one of the first things I like to do is to turn off the big lights and turn on lamps instead.
The lamps need to be a softer light bulb and not the bright and harsh ones.
My lamp and my hubby’s lamp is a soft yellow light.
Taking this one step further, if you decide to watch tv before bed, watch something that isn’t tense. Because if you’re watching a thriller, sometimes it can send your body into fight or flight mode which is, obviously not relaxing.
Becoming a Morning Person – Make Some Herbal Tea
This is one of my favorites. I love some good Herbal Tea. Notice I didn’t say black tea or green tea or white tea, or anything like that.
Those teas have a nice dose of caffeine in them and that will definitely make going to sleep harder.
That said, grab some herbal tea. Make it warm and let it steep about ten minutes then crawl in bed and sip away.
It’s so relaxing. Nice and comfy under the covers with a cup of tea while watching a comedy or light hearted show or a good book.
Becoming a Morning Person Have a Stretching Session
Another really good way to get ready to go to sleep is to turn on some relaxing music. If you have Pandora, you can look up Liquid mind, Dino Radio, or Classical music radio and let it play in the background at a low volume.
Make sure your lights are on low, and then stretch out your body. Really eb and flow with the music and stretch out those muscles and focus on your breathing while letting your body relax.
Let’s talk breathing a second.
As you are stretching, take deep breaths in through your nose and slow push of breath out of the mouth.
While you’re doing this, feel your body relax and wind down from the day. Focus on letting your cares just release from your body.
Focus on the good in your life right now.
Once you feel nice and sleepy, turn your lamp off and crawl into your comfy bed. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you fall asleep.
May sound like a bit much, huh?
While this may sound like a bit much, think about this with me. What would it be like if you made quality sleep a priority in your life and you slept hard and well through the night?
You’d be ready to roll the next day, right? These techniques at night will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your sleep and really letting your body rest.
Sleep is one thing, but having a restful sleep is a whole other story.
I challenge you to try it. What have you got to lose? Some time scrolling through Instagram and looking at the same pictures for the fourth time? Oh yeah, I went there.
Give it a go. You’ve got this