Friends, I have achieved the impossible.

I have gone from a habitual stay up late-sleep till noon person to a up at 8 am morning BEAST.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy, fun or life changing, but it was definitely worth doing.  There are many benefits from being a morning person, including getting more time alone and being more productive.  And since I love alone time and productivity, I figured I could give the morning hours a solid try.  Here’s how you can become a morning person.

How to become a morning person, from a person to achieved the impossible

GO TO BED EARLIER

I know, easier said than done.  But I pick what time I wanted to be in bed and I stuck to it.  I wasn’t tired when I got into bed, but I sucked it up and dealt.

MELATONIN IS YOUR FRIEND

Melatonin is found in the vitamin section and aids in sleep.  It’s a miracle.  If you find that you can’t fall asleep easily, it’s worth taking one (after talking to your doctor about it first).  Carl uses it and it really helps him get a good night sleep.  Just be sure to stick with what your doctor recommends.

GET UP AS SOON AS THE ALARM GOES OFF IN THE MORNING.

It’s not going to be easy, and you’re not going to feel well rested, but it’s the right thing to do.  Hitting the snooze button doesn’t actually help you get any more rest.  Plus when you get up early you are helping to reset your internal alarm clock.  Getting up early means you will actually be tired now when you go to bed earlier.

ESTABLISH A MORNING ROUTINE.

Having a dog needing to go out made creating a routine pretty simple.  Having a fiance who gets home from work at 7 am makes it even simpler.  The key was to not get back into bed after taking Gatsby out or Carl gets home.  I found knowing what I was going to eat the next morning for breakfast was a game changer.  Having breakfast while catching up on my favorite blogs made mornings, dare I say it, enjoyable.

ONCE YOU ARE USED TO GETTING UP IN THE MORNING, DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO EVERY MORNING…

Sometimes you just need to sleep in, don’t feel like you always have to force yourself to get up early.  If you had a long day or a rough night, sleep in and get more rest.

BUT DON’T LET THAT CONTINUE MORE THAN TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW.

Don’t fall back into the habit of sleeping in late.  Even though you slept in late, get to bed early and get to sleep. Sleeping in late doesn’t mean you need to stay up late.

What other tips have helped you get up early in the mornings?

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  • I’ve been trying to get up earlier in the morning too. Like you said, I love the time alone. I find that if I have a lamp near my bed, then I’ll sit up and turn on the light as soon as the alarm goes off. Even if I sit in bed for a few minutes checking Twitter on my phone or something, the light really wakes me up and makes me less inclined to fall back asleep.

  • Ashely

    I am the worst with pressing the snooze button! I set my alarm for like three different times so that I can ignore it and go back to sleep.

    • katiewinn

      The snooze button always gets me too! I still set several alarms just because I don’t trust myself to actually wake up with the first one. I’ve have too many experiences where I’ve turned the alarm off while still asleep. I think the snooze button is just always going to be a struggle. Thank you for stopping by, good luck with the snooze button, you can do it!

  • I need to do this! I always find myself running late because I set 3 different alarms and never get up until I’ve pressed snooze on the last one a couple of times.

    • katiewinn

      I was totally the same way! I kind of cheated when it came to fixing that issue though, it’s really hard to keep that habit up when you have a dog that needs to go out in the morning. One thing I did do that helped was set a bunch of alarms to go off in a short amount of time. They would go off so often that I never had the chance to fall back asleep. It’s a hard battle to get up in the morning, but it’s worth it. Good luck and thanks for reading!

  • I need to start doing this again. I feel so much better when I’m up earlier and I find that it gets easier to wake up when I establish a morning routine

    • katiewinn

      That’s the worst thing about making yourself become a morning person, it’s so easy to go back to how you used to be. Sleep in a few too many days and you’re back to where you used to be. I hope you can get back in the routine, thanks for reading!

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