Rise and Shine: How to Become a Morning Person
Don’t let your love for slumber interfere with your morning routine. Here, the Liberty team shares their tips and tricks to transform you from a night owl to an early bird
For me, a certified morning snoozer, the idea of turning myself into an early bird was once like an unattainable myth. But lo and behold, would you look at me now? Somehow, the morning has finally become now my favourite time of the day – even on weekdays. By no means am I up at the crack of dawn, hitting the gym and singing to the birds like something out of a Disney movie. But after a quest to change my sleeping habits, I’ve actually started to enjoy waking up and have found out first-hand the benefits of being a certified Morning Person: I have less stress getting ready, my dark circles have (surprisingly!) disappeared and I finally have time to eat a big breakfast before work, as per the advice of almost any expert you ask.
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I know what you’re thinking: couldn’t be me. But take it from me, if I (someone who used to set an alarm for every minute of a full hour before I really had to get out of bed at 8am to get to work on time), can learn how to become a morning person, you totally can to.
With the help of the Liberty team, I’ve collected the most effective tips and tricks on how to become a morning person so you can say goodbye to the snooze button, once and for all.
1. Create a Ritual You Actually Look Forward to
I’ve found that waking up is much easier when you set out something to look forward to the night before. Not all of us can wake up at dawn and bang out fifty sit-ups or a morning run (if you do, more power to you), so you’re not someone who gets excited by exercise, don’t force it. Instead, I suggest looking to rituals that inspire you. Is it fifteen minutes of slow yoga? Is it listening to a relaxing playlist while making your favourite breakfast? Or maybe you like going on a short walk in the morning to clear your head? Whatever it may be, ensure you wake up with enough time to complete your ritual at your leisure.
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2. Maintain Good Sleep Hygiene
If you haven’t heard the term before, sleep hygiene refers to the healthy habits, behaviours and environmental factors that can be adjusted to help you have a good night's sleep. Most of us know that we need between 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but who is actually achieving that much-uninterrupted sleep? Of course, going to bed earlier would be the obvious solution but there are a few other things we suggest:
- Exercise regularly – a walk a day or twenty minutes of exercise a day
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, especially before bed
- Avoid afternoon and evening naps (what a shame!)
- Find relaxing pre-bed activities
Jessica Kumar, Liberty’s Omnichannel Marketing Production Lead Digital, shares her tip for early wake-ups:
"I'm not typically an early riser by nature, but I have gotten better at it over the years. The main thing I do is avoid having caffeine after 2pm as it's really bad for your sleep hygiene, (caffeine can stay in your system for several hours!). But I'm not the kind of person who restricts myself of small joys, so instead of cutting out coffee completely, I opt for decaffeinated versions of my favourite hot drinks – green tea and decaf coffee are my go-to afternoon drinks."
3. Establish a Cosy Evening Routine
When it comes to becoming a morning person, your night-time routine is just as important as your morning routine, because, ultimately, the more relaxed you are before bed the better your sleep will be and in turn, the easier it will be to wake up. Things like “breathing exercises, mindfulness, reading, drinking warm non-caffeinated herbal drinks, using lavender and essential oils or taking a bath are all good in bringing about a more relaxed state,” according to sleep physiologist Dr Kirandeep van den Eshof.
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Something that has helped me prepare for sleep is to set the scene – in other words, optimise your space for sleep. Creating an inviting, warm ambience and a dreamy bedscape that has you excited about going to bed. Candles and diffusers that emit spa-like fragrances are great for preparing your senses for relaxation, as well as a soft pair of pyjamas that make climbing into bed all the more enjoyable.
Gabriella Carr’s tip for night-time routines:
"Reading an hour before bed is really good for helping you unwind, and it actually encourages me to go to bed earlier. I also sleep with an eye mask on to help me sink into a deeper sleep and block out the morning sun for an uninterrupted night."
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4. Avoid Tech Before Bed and in the Morning
This one was a deal-breaker for me. My old routine used to look a little something like this: showering and getting ready for bed, climbing under my duvet and mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and TikTok for at least half an hour (or let’s be honest, sometimes a whole hour). In the morning, I’d groggily turn off my alarm and lay in bed contemplating going back to sleep, before grabbing my phone and, again, scrolling mindlessly on socials. This is quite possibly the worst way to go to sleep and wake up, as the blue light can disrupt your sleep, and the vast intake of information first thing in the morning can overload your mind, making you less able to prioritise tasks in your day.
If you need a distraction before bed or can’t possibly think about going to bed or waking up with your phone, start slow, and limit yourself to ten minutes on your phone instead of 30 and then in time, remove it completely. Alternatively, try swapping technology for a book or a sleep podcast to help drift you into a less disruptive sleep.
5. Some Things to Remember…
- Get a dose of vitamin D when you wake up – of course, with our temperamental weather, this might not be possible every day, but when you can, a dose of sunshine in the morning will tell the body to suppress melatonin (the chemical that makes us fall asleep), making it easier to get up and ready for the day. Either step outside or simply draw back the curtains and soak it in.
- Streamline your morning routine – to make room for all the new exciting rituals you’ll be doing in the morning, take care of all the less favourable tasks the night before.
- Make it a habit – like everything in life, consistency is key, so as tempting as it may be to sleep in on the weekends, try your best to stay in the routine of waking up early.
- Start scheduling your leisure time – many of us reserve our calendars and diaries for work meetings or appointments, but scheduling in activities or leisure time ensures you prioritise your downtime just as much. Try to pencil in one “appointment” a day to give you something to wake up excited for alongside your morning ritual.