5 Tips for the Non-Morning Person.

If there’s one thing I’m not a big fan of it’s mornings. No matter the season, I am not a morning person. When fall hits and the days shorten, it can be really difficult for me to get out of bed. The sun should be up before me, not rising at the same time! So for you fellow non-morning people, here’s 5 tips that I’ve learned help me get up and at ’em on the days I just don’t want to.

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Coffee is always first. After I drag myself out of bed, I immediately head for the coffee machine. We have one of those Single Serve so I always get fresh, hot coffee.

I know for some people, coffee isn’t your jam. A great alternative to coffee is actually Black Tea with Milk. I discovered this after running out of coffee one day. I just happened to receive a Milk Tea kit from some family and decided to try it out. It wasn’t that bad at all! It definitely worked for me!

Let the Sun In.

I read somewhere that watching the sun rise will help wake your body up naturally. That’s why alarms will gradually get brighter, to help wake your body up. Whether that’s actually true or not…I can’t really say. What I can say is that I love opening our curtains and blinds. I do seem to be more alert once they’re open and the sun is shining in. I’ve noticed it’s also harder for me to be active on days when the clouds are dark and heavy. So maybe there is something to that theory.

Switch Up Your Alarm

If you are known for snoozing your alarm, try switching it up. You can change where your alarm comes from, what device you use, or the sound of the alarm.

For awhile, I was wearing my watch to bed and when the alarm began vibrating, it would wake me right up. Unfortunately, I soon started sleeping through it, barely opening my eyes to push the snooze button multiple times. So I decided to switch back to my phone. I’ve found that the gradual musical tones wake me up better than the vibrations of my watch.

If you find that you still hit that snooze button more than once, set your alarm a little earlier. Allow yourself time to hit that snooze button and give yourself a space where you can lie there and argue with yourself about actually getting up.

Do Something Mindless.

What’s something you don’t have to think too hard about doing, but allows your brain to engage a bit? Most mornings I sit on our couch for a good hour or so, either reading a book or simply watching whatever is on tv, while drinking my coffee. These are simple things that allow my brain to wake up. Maybe that’s why people read newspapers. It wasn’t simply to know what was going on in the world, but as a simple way to engage and wake up their brain.

If you have children, sit down for a bit and watch their favorite show with them. It’s a great way to get in morning snuggles and there’s no risk of disaster. Well, usually. Just make sure they don’t head bash you in the nose.

Trade Off.

If you have a partner, trade off the mornings you get up early. I realize this won’t work for everyone, but it’s something that works for our family so I feel I need to include it. If one of you has to be at work earlier than the other, that one gets up with the kids (if you can) during the week then the other one gets up with them on the weekends.

My husband will get up with our kids during the week and I will get up with them on the weekends. Once in a while he’ll let me sleep in on a Saturday or I’ll get up on a week day, but we stick to the original trade off for the most part. This works out well for us for two reasons. The first reason is that he is a morning person. The second reason is that he goes to work. Yes, technically when he goes to work I also work, but I don’t have to go anywhere so I get more time to wake up.

We even trade off for bedtime. At night, I put Isbe down then (usually) go to bed and my husband will stay up with Ade for another thirty minutes before putting him to bed.

So there you go, five tips for the non-morning person. I hope at least one of these suggestions will help you wake up easier, too. If these all fail then just hook your foot on the side of the bed and drag yourself out of bed and into a pile on the floor.

What is a habit or routine that helps you wake up in the mornings?

Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wednesday!

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