Waking up early in the morning is hardly at the top of anyone’s list of things they love to do. There are, however, plenty of benefits to being an early bird.
Getting up before 7 a. m. can bring you happiness, cheerfulness, and make you more alert. Most importantly, it can help you avoid getting fired for being late to your dream job.
Instead of snoozing your alarm and trying to sneak in an extra 5 minutes of sleep, you can try other routines to get you set for the day. Laying in bed for that timespan with your eyes open will allow your body to wake and catch up. Doing enjoyable things like checking your social media or the news can the day’s beginning easier to deal with.
Although morning routines are the key to a great start, what you do before bed can be just as impactful. Ditching the nicotine and alcohol will allow for a better night’s rest, as your REM cycles return to normal. Staying away from electronics is also a good idea, as they can alter your circadian rhythm and sleep pattern.
So next time you set out to become a morning person, keep these ideas in mind. After all, only early birds get the worm.