Did you know that according to The Body Clock Guide to Better Health, only 1 in 10 people is truly a morning person?
These are the people who wake without hitting the snooze button multiple times and who literally spring out of bed eager to face a new day.
If this isn’t you right now, but you’d really like it to be, these 5 tips are sure to have you embracing the morning in no time.
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1. Try To Regulate Your Sleep Patterns
How are your sleep patterns right now? Are you getting to sleep at the same time every night, or relying on your body to tell you when you are tired?
If you don’t want to regiment yourself into sleeping at the same time every day, at least go to bed at the same time so that you are in a relaxing environment and encouraging your body to wind down for the day.
2. Don’t Panic
When it comes to regulating your sleep, try not to panic. This is not something that you need to, if you’ll pardon the phrase, solve overnight. Try to reduce your evening commitments so that you have one whole hour you can spend winding down, doing your own thing and preparing for a good night’s sleep.
If you don’t get a lot of “me time”, this hour could actually turn out to be your favorite time of the day.
3. Get A Solid Routine Going
You may hate routine, or you may find it hard to stick to a set schedule. What you may not realize, is that the body as well as the brain need to adapt to a new routine.
This is what can often making sticking to one so difficult – we need to train body and mind. A good evening routine is really worth sticking to, however. In doing so, you’ll teach your body to get an idea of what is to come and prepare your mind for falling asleep.
That routine could include some reading time, drinking a cup of herbal tea or just listening to some relaxing music. Choose what suits you so that you make sticking to your new regimen enjoyable and easy.
4. Nap With Care
Having a sleep debt to repay can mean you are taking naps throughout the day, or feeling drowsy at your desk. Listen to what your body is telling you before you take yourself off for some daytime snoozing.
A nap during daylight hours can seriously mess up your evening sleep, and so try to determine if you are just in the middle of an afternoon slump and whether you really need to grab that nap.
Waiting it out could help you to have a much more restful sleep at night.
5. Eat Smart
The things you eat and the time at which you eat them can also affect your sleeping patterns and how you feel in the morning. When you eat dinner too late or eat foods containing caffeine and other stimulants such as sugar, this can prevent you from relaxing and could keep you up way past your normal bedtime.
Also, sipping too much water before bed or drinking coffee or alcohol can disrupt sleep or cause those mid-slumber bathroom trips.