I’m NOT a morning person. Never have been and I doubt that I ever will be. I’m not a late night person either. I’m ready to go to bed about 10:00 or 10:30 every night. But here’s the thing. I need to get up earlier.
I’ve gotten into the bad habit of sleeping in. I used to get up about 8:00 every morning. I got up, got dressed and got moving. But since we moved, I’ve been staying in bed until about 9:00 a.m. It’s a combination of fatigue (from peri-menopause) and the extremely comfortable new bed we purchased when we moved. Oh, yeah – we sleep with the curtains closed now (since we’re in a neighborhood) so the room is dark in the morning. Then once I get up, it takes me a while to get dressed and moving. By the time I’m ready to do anything, the morning is nearly over.
It wouldn’t be a big deal except I’m not getting stuff done and that’s stressing me out. Now before you start thinking I’m trying to be super woman – I promise I’m not. I just have a few things that need done every day and every week and I’m not getting those done.
I spent some time analyzing my schedule and making lists of what needs to be done and finally came to the conclusion that I need to get up earlier. Not only do I need to get up earlier, but I need to restructure my time a bit so I can be more productive.
So today is the first day of my new schedule. Instead of crawling out of bed at 9:00 a.m., I crawled out at 7:30 when the alarm went off. And I was dressed and ready to go by 8:00 a.m. I’m optimistic that this new routine will be exactly what I needed.
In the meantime, since I’m NOT a morning person but I do have to get up early sometimes, here are my tips for making early rising a bit easier:
1. Go to bed at a decent hour. You can’t get up early if you stayed up late and didn’t get enough sleep. So either get up early or stay up late but don’t try to do both. Even if you don’t need a full 8 hours of sleep (I do!), you do need a reasonable amount.
2. Let the sunlight in! At our old house, we kept the curtains open at night (we didn’t have neighbors) so when the sun came up, it streamed into the bedroom and that made it easier to get up. Our new house is in a neighborhood so we keep the curtains closed. When I wake up in the morning, it’s dark and that makes it nearly impossible for me to get out of bed regardless of what time it is. So now I leave one of the curtains open just a crack – we still have privacy but it lets the sun shine in and that makes it easier to get up.
3. Move the alarm across the room. I use my iPhone as my alarm. A few times I’ve put it on my nightstand. Bad idea. I reach over and turn it off. But when it’s on the other side of the room, I have to get out of bed to turn it off and that helps me wake up. Even if I go back to the bed, I’m awake so I don’t lay there very much longer.
4. Use your programmable thermostat to warm up the house in the winter. It’s cold in the Midwest right now so it’s pretty hard to get out of bed when the house is freezing. But if we set the programmable thermostat so the furnace comes on and warms up the house before we get up, it’s a lot easier to get up.
5. Have a reason for getting up. Obviously if you have to go to work, that’s a very good reason. But if you don’t, having a reason will make it easier. Otherwise why bother. So my reason this morning was so I could get some things done and reduce my stress level. When I was laying in bed and trying to decide if I was actually going to get up, I reminded myself that getting up would help me accomplish my goals. If I didn’t get up, I’d end up having another frustrating day. Getting up early will help me enjoy life more!
So there you have it. When I have to get up early, this is how I make it happen.
Are you a morning person? If not, how do you make yourself get up?