How to be a morning person

by Alli Kling and Bailey Warren

*Editor’s note: This online connection goes with “Freshmen adjust to early school schedule,” which can be read in the August 12 issue of the Bagpiper or online through the August 12 PDFs.

  • Go to bed earlier 

-Studies have suggested that going to bed earlier and getting more rest improves one’s mood and overall health.

  • Develop a bedtime routine

-As the evening rolls to a close, consider developing a bedtime routine that involves the body and mind winding down. Not only does this develop a habit over time, but also makes sleeping easier when crawling into bed.

  • Prepare for the day in advance

-To ensure enough time in the morning, as we all hit snooze every now and then, consider preparing for the next day in advance. For example, set out clothes to wear, pack a lunch, and check to make sure all homework is completed. This lowers stress levels and allows us to take the lazy mornings with a clear conscience.

  • Have a breakfast packed with nutrients

-Scientists and society alike have told us for years to eat a hearty breakfast, and such advice should not be put on the back burner. Eating well in the morning includes more than one might think. The healthy foods help jump-start our metabolism as well as give us energy for the day ahead. Some good ideas to eat include eggs, fruit, low-fat yogurt, a glass of milk, and/or a veggie omelet.

  • Sleep in ideal conditions

-Studies show that sleeping within cooler temperatures [such as 65 degrees] helps us reach deeper stages of sleep, resulting in quality rest that can leave us feeling rejuvenated the next day. In other words, sleeping in a cool, dark, and quiet room significantly improves our quality of sleep.

  • Exercise in the morning

-Starting the day off with a good workout is a fantastic way to start the day productively. This also increases our heart rate, making us feel more awake as we start out the day.

  • Set a different alarm tone

-Instead of waking up to a blaring beep, try waking up to classical music. Waking up to the soft tones decreases blood pressure and reduces stress levels. This helps us feel more relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

  • If you’re waking up before your alarm goes off, get up!

-Though most of us would close our eyes, relieved with the few extra minutes of rest, studies have shown that when in light stages of sleep we may be more likely to wake spontaneously. Were we to fall back asleep we may fall into a deeper stage [of sleep], resulting in grumpiness when awaking.

  • Take a warm shower before falling into bed

-Studies have shown that taking warm showers before crawling into bed can improve the quality of sleep. Taking warm showers increases the body’s temperature, which in turn makes us feel more awake. By the time we crawl into bed, the change from warm to cool can help us fall asleep easier and quicker, resulting in better sleep.

  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up

-If our body goes six to eight hours without water, we may become mildly dehydrated. When our body is in this state it causes fatigue, therefore making us tired when we wake up. So don’t forget to drink a glass of water before going to sleep and upon waking in the morning.

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