How to Become a Morning Person (and Why You Should!)

- Quility Brand Team

How often do you hit the snooze button on your morning alarm? If you find it difficult to drag yourself out of bed in the morning and get your day started, then you probably don't consider yourself a morning person. But becoming a morning person could have big benefits. One Harvard biologist found that morning people were more productive than their night-owl cohorts. High achievers like Richard Branson, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey all swear by their early morning starts. 

Is it possible to ditch your late-night ways and embrace the dawn? It is, but it may depend on your genetics, the quality of your sleep, and developing positive sleep habits with the right tools. Here are some tips to help you stop hitting snooze and hit the ground running, instead. 

    Why am I Not a Morning Person?

    If you've always struggled to get up and go in the morning, the reason may be deeper than not going to bed early enough. It turns out some people are genetically hard-wired to be night owls. One study analyzed the genomes of almost 700,000 people and found that there were hundreds of regions in their genetic code that influenced whether they were morning people or night owls. That means some people may have a sleep chronotype that naturally works better when they stay up late and sleep in.

    While genetics may play a part, there are a lot of other reasons you might not be a morning person. For a lot of people, the problem stems from the quality of their sleep and their bedtime routine. Things like scrolling social media on your phone before bed, not having a good mattress or high-quality bedding, or trying to sleep in a bright or noisy space can all affect your sleep patterns. If you aren't getting enough quality sleep time, then it's naturally going to be harder to get out of bed in the morning. 

    Tips on How to Become a Morning Person

    If you are ready to embrace the early morning lifestyle, here are some tips to help you get started. 

    Focus on getting your bedtime routine right. 

    A lot of people struggle to get out of bed in the morning because they don't get quality sleep at night. That's often an issue of having poor sleep hygiene. Getting your bedtime ritual right can help you get to sleep sooner and have deeper, more restorative sleep when you do. A healthy bedtime routine should include ditching your electronics at least an hour before bed. Read a book, draw, or meditate before bed instead. The blue light from the electronics can block the natural production of melatonin in your body, which is the hormone that helps you get to sleep. Try keeping electronics out of the bedroom, too. This prevents any unwanted light or noise from invading your sleeping space. Make your space cozy with soft lighting, weighted blankets, or gentle music to get you as relaxed as possible before you try to sleep.

    Create a morning routine you enjoy. 

    It's a lot easier to get out of bed when you have something to look forward to. Create a morning routine checklist that makes waking up a joy instead of something you dread. Have a cup of coffee in bed while you journal your intentions for the day. Or try some gentle morning yoga. Or give yourself permission to take an early morning walk while listening to your favorite podcast. Integrate these habits into your morning routine so you wake up and look forward to doing them. It'll be a lot better than your normal routine of sleeping until the last possible minute. That can lower your stress level and make your whole day a lot more enjoyable. 

    Be mindful of what you eat and drink (and when). 

    What and when you eat or drink can have a big impact on your sleeping habits. If you are trying to become a morning person, you'll need to become more mindful about what you are eating and drinking later in the day. Start by eliminating caffeine from your beverages after lunch. Caffeine is a stimulant that can prevent you from getting sleepy earlier (and keep you up later). Try eating your meals earlier, too, as a signal to your body that it's time to sleep earlier. It may help you get to sleep at your preferred time. 

    How to Reset Your Sleep Schedule

    If you are struggling to reset your sleep schedule after years of waking up late, there are two key things to try when attempting to fix your sleep schedule: 

    Work your way up to an early alarm. 

    If you prefer to wake up at 11 a.m., don't assume you'll be able to start waking up at 5 a.m. right away. Not only will it be a shock to your system, but you'll also probably end up oversleeping and undoing any progress you've made. Instead, work your way up to an earlier start gradually. If you normally wake up at 11 a.m., set your alarm for 10:30 a.m. for a few days. Once it feels comfortable, move it back another 15 to 30 minutes. Eventually, you'll reach your early morning goal without too much stress on your body. Do the same thing for your bedtime routine. If you are used to going to bed late at night, start your bedtime routine half an hour earlier until you can easily fall asleep at an earlier time.

    Be consistent with your habits. 

    Consistency is key when it comes to changing from a night owl to an early bird. That's because you can't expect yourself to change overnight. Consistent repetition will help you create a habit that becomes automatic, though. In time, you should find that you can greet the day at your desired time without feeling overly tired or grumpy. 

    Benefits of Waking Up Early

    Wondering if waking up early is really worth it? There are some pretty big benefits to setting your alarm early:

    1. You have time to start your day off right. When you get up early instead of rushing around the house before you need to leave, you give yourself time to build healthy habits. You can take time to prepare a healthy breakfast or get in an early workout. This can start you off right and set you up for success for the rest of your day.
    2. You get a jumpstart on productivity. If your to-do list seems to keep growing longer, give yourself some time at the beginning of the day to tackle those lingering items. Whether it's clearing your inbox or throwing on a load of laundry, having more time in the morning to get tasks done could free you up later on for the fun stuff.
    3. It may help you lose weight. Turns out getting more bright morning sunshine could help you keep off the extra pounds. There is a link between people who get early morning sun and those who have a lower BMI.

    The Takeaway

    If you want to learn how to become a morning person, focus on building healthy routines. One of the most important routines you can embrace is the one you do the night before at bedtime. Getting away from electronics and creating a cozy atmosphere in your bedroom can help you get to sleep sooner and have a deeper, more restorative sleep when you do. Having a morning routine you enjoy can help you get out of bed earlier, too. Being consistent with your routines is key to building a habit of getting up early in the morning. In return, you may find that an early start helps you build healthy eating and exercise habits as well as jumpstart your productivity for the day. 

    Want to build a healthier bedtime routine, get better sleep, and feel ready to take on the mornings? Check out Quility's weighted blankets. These blankets can provide deep pressure stimulation to help you relax and get off to sleep sooner. You'll wake up feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready for the day. Choose your preferred size, color, and weight at Quility today!