Are you more of a morning or night person?
Most of us usually have a strong hunch of our answer to this question.
Early research between 1969 and 1972 discussed findings of introverts having earlier peak times than extroverts. When I recently discovered a new company, Casper Mattress, who are all about providing the best night sleep and they strive to be morning people, I got curious about my own morning person habits as well as what works in general.
On face value, it seemed likely to me. My husband who’s more of an extrovert would always have more energy than me after work in our early careers.
For most of this early research, there is usually some age variable, which skewed results more in favor of age instead of personality factors. Often there is a statement about older people needing less sleep than younger people, so rise and shine.
Tell that to either, my 90-year old dad, and my 88-year old mom, and they might disagree. They both love sleeping in and napping during the day.
Being more of a morning person hasn’t changed for me becoming older although you can also find research to the contrary. Funny thing about some research: often we can keep looking for research to find evidence supporting our position.
If you want to be more of a morning person for any reason – be happier, be more productive, have a routine you love to start your day, enjoy the sunrise, or something else, here are
Top Ten Tips to How to Be More of a Morning Person
Wake up easier.
1 – Before you bolt out of bed, to go a hundred miles an hour – lay there quietly scanning your body. Take some slow breaths and bring in the quiet in your room for just a minute or so.
2 – Turn on lights slowly and use the dimmer control (get at least a bathroom or kitchen one installed if you don’t have one) to invite the light in rather than blast yourself with it.
3 – Develop a morning routine to your liking. Mine is one of quiet so that by the time the day starts I’m ready to take it on. Mine is to start with prayer, a Bible reading, gratitude statements, and meditation. That’s what I call a power hour.
4 – Consistency is what makes my morning leap easier. You might know a lack of consistency from best of exercise plans that don’t happen? Whether it’s the weekend or we travel or vacation, I am up, without an alarm clock, no later than 5:30 am. Sometimes an uncomfortable room we’re in has me up earlier.
5 – Try different things whether it’s a light box or a routine until you find something that helps you be more of a morning person. Several studies suggest morning people are happier and more productive. Don’t you want to benefit that way?
6 –Avoid screens after 9 pm – no television, no computer, no cell phone, no screens. Have you heard this suggestion before? Screens are the kind of stimulation that add to that tired feeling in the morning. In today’s high tech world, what activity doesn’t involve a screen of some sort?
7 – Cut back on mid-morning coffee. I can hear cries of anguish now, “No! Not that!” I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker. Just 2 cups before 10 am seem to energize me for the whole day. Any time I’ve had coffee later in the day, I’m over stimulated through the evening.
You may have heard of research supporting my personal findings, differently: coffee gives extroverts more of a boost. That’s the funny thing about research, again.
8 – Turn the thermostat down. You may need research to back up this claim: we sleep sounder with the temperature around 68 degrees. It took me research to buy into my husband’s claims about this, but it is true. Closing blinds both keeps the bedroom cooler in the warmer months and helps block any remaining sun.
Manage sleep or morning better like this.
9 – Try a coach or a mentor. Sometimes we need outside motivation, or accountability. A fresh set of eyes and ears in helpful in uncovering our blind spots or false and limiting beliefs.
10 – Manage the new wake time. How much earlier do you want to get up regularly? Whatever the timeframe is, then start with a lesser amount and build up.
Bonus tip: Reward yourself. Rewards or congratulations can be a simple, silent “congratulations, you did it,” stated to yourself. Or, tell someone else how well you are doing with this new habit.
Are you a morning or evening person? There’s a quiz if you want to find out.
If you have a morning routine, what do you do?