Becoming a Morning Person
With the new year came resolutions, and one of mine was to change my morning and bedtime routine.
Working from home, I got into a bad habit of working too late, starting my days at different times, and my sleep and overall productivity were suffering. My body had gotten so used to all those late work nights that I was rarely asleep before midnight. I actually love early mornings and find myself to be quite productive at that time of day. So at the beginning of the year, I decided to make a change: I now get up at the same time every day, no matter what time I went to bed or what day of the week it is.
The first week was tough, although after coffee I felt fine. I find myself to start getting tired around 8 or 9, and try to get into bed around 10. Now, 5 months in, I can confidently say waking up early comes much more naturally. I’m falling asleep within 15-30 minutes at night and feel rested and awake when my alarm goes off in the morning. It’s helped me to end the late work nights as I have more productive hours in the morning, and I feel as though my sleep quality is better. To support my new schedule, I’ve made some additional changes to help with the transition:
01—No caffeine after 3pm
I can absolutely tell when I’ve had caffeine too late in the day so I try to avoid if I can.
02—No TV before bed
I used to catch up on my DVR before bed, which would keep me up longer than I needed to be.
03—Phone Down, Alarm On
As soon as I’m ready to get in bed, I turn my alarm on and put the phone face down on my bedside table to prevent me from scrolling Instagram before I fall asleep. I’ve used this app as my alarm for years—it’s great.
04—Lights Out, Audio Book On
I like to fall asleep to something (formerly the tv) and the sleep timer is my best friend. Since I don’t turn my TV on before bed anymore, I’ve started listening to Audible or podcasts on my iPad with the sleep timer on. I usually choose 15 or 30 minutes depending on how tired I am. That way, I can easily backtrack to any parts I missed because I fell asleep before it turned off.
This is a bit obvious, but I always fall asleep faster on days that I’ve been really active. This alone is motivates me to make it to the gym on a regular basis. I love to feel really tired by the end of the day.
And because part of getting a good night’s sleep is a cozy bed, here are a few of my favorite things: