Post # 1
Help me bees! I just had my work schedule changed to mornings. 6-2 or 7-3, meaning I’m up at either 5 or 6am. I am NOT a morning person. By any means. After 7 or so I perk up, but before that, I hate my life. I need some tips that will make me a morning person! Or at least let me fake it for a bit 🙂
Post # 3
Oof, I hope you get some good responses, because I need to become an early bird ASAP as well. I have heard that increasing your wake-up/bed time by 15 minutes each day is an easy way to slip your body into it. So if you’re like me, wake up at 7, then 6:45, then 6:30, etc… If you have that luxury, depending on when your new schedule kicks in.
Also, make sure to have some breakfast, get hydrated right away with some water, and open your blinds once you’re decent to get natural sunlight on you. I always pull my sheets up so I’m covered and then yank my blinds open to get some sunshine on my face. Helps reset your internal clock.
Post # 4
I just knew it’s what I needed to do, Fiance encouraged me, and I started getting my ass out of bed. Coffee helped, and over time I’ve become more cheerful in the mornings.
At first, it will stink, but just tell yourself not to be too resistant to the change or you won’t like your life in the mornings for a long long time.
ETA: I ease myself into getting out of bed. I’ve not been sleeping well lately and it helps for me to set my alarm a little earlier than I have to be, allow myself two snoozes, a walk into the bathroom and a shower to wake me up, I leave the hall light and get ready in the semi-dark in the room, and then breakfast, makeup and teeth and hair, and then some good music to rock out in the car with.
Post # 5
Hmmmmm… When I worked the 4am shift at the hospital I remember some mornings I would wake up telling myself “The days’ almost over”.. literally just opening my eyes. lol
Otherwise I guess I just got used to it b/c I did the morning phlebotomy run and I had to be pretty chipper waking up sick patients before the sun came up. lol
Post # 6
All the coffee in columbia couldn’t make me a morning person!
I have avoided eating a heavy meal at night- no meats or treats, ( keep it light, salads, veggies, pasta etc) and you will wake up earlier. Eating heaving at night creates brain fog and groggyness in the morning.
I’m not sure how to wake up before 6 naturally but it can help your day go better once you start rolling!
Post # 7
I used to work the 4-10am shift in retail during Christmas. I could never get to sleep any earlier so I just forced myself up and tried to keep my mind focused enough that I didn’t think about how early it was and how tired I was. And then sometimes I went home and took a nap 😛
Post # 8
Start going to bed early, even on the weekends, to get your body on a consistent schedule.When I first started teaching, I made the mistake of going out on the weekends until midnight or later and then thinking I would somehow be able to get up at 5:30 on Monday. DID NOT WORK. lol.
Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast (coffee always helps lol), too; when I started waking up early, I would run out of time and end up eating Poptarts and feeling like crap all morning.
Post # 9
@indibee: Definitely already started my schedule. And the great part is there’s no sunlight here when I get up (I read about the natural sunlight waking you up), so I’m out of luck there. Somewhere actually said to go for a half hour walk every morning. Ya right! 430? I think not!
@runsyellowlites: “the day’s almost over” Love it!
Post # 10
or place a fun activity for when you get off of work…that way it is worth you getting up early and getting work done with so you still have your day left to do fun things
Post # 11
get used to going to bed really early!
i used to have to be at work at 6am, which meant going to bed at 8pm and getting up at 4:30. it was rough! funnily enough, getting up earlier than you need to and letting yourself wake up really help!
i also find that lots of sunshine helps. i wish there was an alarm clock attached to the blinds. I find that if i let the sun wake me up (even at 6am) it really helps.
Post # 12
@soon2bhis: Hmm…no sunlight. Ugh! I’d say a BIG stretch, ten jumping jacks to get your blood pumping, touch your toes, reach for the sky, and then splash cold water on your face. Jump in the shower, have your clothes already laid out, and a quick to-go breakfast within reach (hard boiled egg and a yogurt are my favorites, I can down them at my desk if need be).
If you’re not a coffee person, try not to start now. It could make you jittery, and you may rely on it after a bit. Best of luck to you…mornings are just gross. Why can’t the world run on a 9-6 schedule? 🙂
Post # 13
If you have a touch or an iphone, you can also try getting one of the sleep cycle alarm clocks to wake you up when you’re in the right part of a sleep cycle. A bunch of people swear by these things. I keep kicking the thing out of bed and stuff, so honestly have no idea if it works or not. You can’t get them on a black berry… my SO tried to steal mine so we tried to find one on the BB (I’m using my ipod), but it only calculates cycles, it doesn’t have the sensor in it to actually monitor cycles.
I found that after getting up at 5 for a few months, I am pretty set on it and am fine now. I still don’t care to wake up somedays, but it’s pretty easy. The bad part is how early I have to go to sleep though.
Post # 14
what about a sunlight lamp? If I have to get up early to catch a flight I don’t truly perk up until the sun rises. So that might help. But I have a key chain that says “not a morning person doesn’t even BEGIN to cover it” so what so I know? lol
Post # 15
I am not a morning person. Nothing can make me a morning person. Coffee helps. It’s not great if you’re on a diet or trying to save money, but I bribe myself when I need to get up. I promise myself a treat; Starbucks. I’m lucky that my office offers free coffee to employees so I’ll either partake in some of that or bring a mug from home if I’m really dragging and need to start sipping on it before I get in. On early mornings though, or ones that I was up super late the night before, the promise of the treat of Starbucks usually gets me up and going.
Post # 16
I’m not a morning person and nothing can make me a morning person. I think you really just have to force yourself through until you perk up and get some caffiene in your system.