Become a morning person

By: Joel Simms, Jan 05, 2013

I'm not a fan of mornings. How can I change this?

How to teach yourself to be a morning person…

If you are like most people springing out of bed "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" is not exactly the description of what getting up in the morning is like for you. In fact, it's likely that your first thoughts in the morning are more likely about wanting to stay in bed, rather than do any kind of springing.

Here are a number of ideas and tips to help you make your exit from bed easier and much more pleasant. If that's what you want, here goes…

1. Get A Good Night's Sleep: According to the National Institutes of Health, most healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to function at their best; some adults may even need as many as 10. Logging less than your body requires can lead to a host of problems, including mistakes on the job, road accidents, reduced immunity, and health conditions such as heart disease. Avoiding caffeine eight hours before retiring and staying true to a bedtime schedule will help ensure you don't shortchange your sleep time. And because light signals your brain to wake up -- not nod off -- say goodnight to light sources by turning off the TV, lamps, and computer screen before closing your eyes for the night.

2. Let There Be Light: Plants, animals and humans have a natural response to light and dark because we all have internal "clocks." Here's how you can help trigger your master clock'swake-up response: In the morning, gravitate to the light. Open the curtains; switch on the lights;enjoy breakfast outside; do some stretching exercises on the lawn; or take a walk around the block. Adopting these activities as morning rituals can focus your energy and help you to get

3. Make Your Bed: There's no need to make your bed picture-perfect, but taking half a minute to smooth sheets, pull up blankets, and fluff pillows may discourage you from climbing back in and rumpling your handiwork.

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