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8 Tips to Become a Morning Person

5.  Exercise in the early evening.

While exercise gets the heart rate going and boosts energy, it also helps you get seriously restful sleep—so long as you give yourself enough winding-down time after your workout. Break a sweat right after work and you’ll have plenty of time to get groggy before bedtime. Bonus: It helps eliminate the stress that might keep your mind busy when it should be snoozing.

6. Eat healthy early evening meals.

Food hangovers happen all the time. In fact, most of us are suffering from one at any given time. Unfortunately, the kind of foods you eat can disrupt sleep, too. While you’re not likely to change your diet just to accommodate sleep, you can and should eat on the early side so your body isn’t overwhelmed trying to digest and dream.

7. Prepare for your day the night before.

Being a morning person doesn’t have to mean you bound out of bed and whiz around. Any sleepy shortcomings you have can be overcome with some advance planning. Get your coffee at the ready, lay out your wardrobe for the day, and make your lunch the night before. Then you’ll have less to do as you drowsily get into your new routine.

8. Reconfigure your bedroom for optimal sleep.

Sleep experts everywhere recommend that you make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. That means you should keep stimulating distractions, such as the TV, smartphone, or computer, out of the bedroom and focus solely on soothing things that are conducive to getting your snooze on.

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4:39PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I'm a morning person but would like to get up earlier. Why don't I? Addiction to this Care2 site so there is always one more topic to read...and then I catch sight of the clock! ;)

2:02AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I am like Shan D.- someone whio becomes most productive laterat night instead of early in the morning. Unfortunately I have an 8 am to 3 pm job that makes me be up at least at 7 every morning and get going no matter I want it or not. Last night I had the gratest sleep ever- slept 5 hours without waking up and then a couple more just because I went to bed knowing I had a long busy day (double the usual one) and din all the best I could for it, and, what was more important, I knew I'd have a day off today when I can sleep as long aas I need (not want, NEED) without alarm set to wake me up.

1:55AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I am not convinced all those things would help. I strongly believe it's in humans nature if he's a morning or evening person and it's not natural to try to force things turn around.

3:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Kathy, you're not alone. 3 or 4 I faint in bed to get up early to teach or working daily house affairs and family issues. If I get in bed I don't sleep. I'm working in getting 15 minutes earlier. Maybe I reach the 11:00 time.

9:42AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

my biggest issue is that i am a morning person AND a night owl. i hit a slump around 3 or 4.. just super fatigued. I have a two year old, and he stay up with us.. usually till about 9 or 10. i stay up till 1am or so... me time, dish washing, crocheting or reading, laundry folding. All that is hard to do with a wild toddler. The He wakes up between 8 am and 9am, I get 7 hours or less but wake up well. happy. Energetic. Then at 3 or 4 my energy is shot, but returns with a second wind around 6 or so.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I am a morning purrson, here it is four in the morning and am still up while the cat that owns me is sleeping contently in the kitchen. She has many plush beds but occasionally likes the cool floor in the heat waves we are having this and every summer.

Often sleep through the mornings when many people are waking up at seven or eight in the morning. My system is that of a Night Owl or a nocturnal cat, (the one owning me is sixteen year old so she gets extra sleep when she can). Enjoy your day or night sleep in the way that is natural for you!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

If I became a morning person I would be in mourning because I love to sleep in and stay up as a Night Owl in the Wee Small Hours of the Morning! Purrs!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Good ideas but they never worked for me even when following them for morning employment. Am just one of those Night Owls who no matter how much sleep I get just am not refreshed in the early hours of the morning. My ideal jobs were when working from two p.m. til late. Suited my night owl ways purrfectly! I do know some people who are energized and raring to go at six in the morning but that will never be me!

7:38AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

great tips, i'm going to need these for my job soon

11:48PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

The only thing I actually do is to not have coffee in the evening. I'm working on going to bed early and turning off all distractions. But once in awhile I get my emails on the cellphone in bed.

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