We have all heard of the saying ‘early bird gets the worm’ but have you ever wondered what that meant? It means that an individual who starts their day early and with a goal is more likely to feel satisfied and fulfilled by the end. Based upon research morning people usually become more successful often rather than evening and late people. There are more hours during the day and you are able to do much more with the resources available.
Scientifically, your genes determine what we call our ‘chronotype’ which govern whether or not you are a morning person or a night owl. Now, when it comes to education we have many late nights because we are learning or we don’t have enough time during the day to study. Below we have given a few tips to make you much more of a morning person so you can succeed and pass with flying colours:
- Plan a morning routine
Having a morning routine and being consistent helps with regulating your sleep pattern. The human body is an amazing thing, when you have a routine you internally adapt and it becomes a natural process. Your body anticipates and settles into the routine. For example, when you are studying, your morning routine will consist of brain fuel, calmness and taking some time out for yourself maybe with a walk or a moment of reflection. You may even drink coffee whilst planning what you want to achieve for your day. Even if you have days off, it is important you try to upkeep your timetable because it may interrupt your sleeping pattern that your body is adjusting to.
- Use your smart phone for your alarm
Use your smart phone and use your smart alarm as your way to wake up. In this day of technology growing and advancing we are able to change the way we do many things. For example; traditional alarm clocks have a certain function but with your smart phone you can get applications which will help you wake up and be engaged such as; Smart alarm or Math alarm. Allowing your cognitive state of mind to wake up and make decisions, will enable you to wake up alert for the day.
- No screens in the bedroom
This is a no brainer, do not use screens before you are going to bed. This may be inevitable for those of us who are still studying because many of us revise/work during the late hours of the night. However, you have to manage your time where you give yourself atleast an hour without technolgy before going to bed. Although, we are not saying that you shouldn’t use your phones in the bedroom, you should certainly allow your mind to KNOW that the bedroom is a place where it’s a comfortable and tranquil place. Dim the lights, read a book and relax yourself to sleep.
- Expose yourself to natural sunlight and air
When you wake up ensure that you get a healthy dose of Vitamin D and if you’re living in Britain we all know that we don’t see much sunlight. So, atleast make sure that you get fresh air every morning. When you expose yourself to natural light, it helps the body send signals to stop melatonin which is the hormone that helps regular sleep. Additionally, when you breathe in air you take in fresh oxygen which helps your respiratory system wake up. Similarly, before you start studying or going to college/university try to get some form of exercise into your daily routine. This has been proven to lower blood pressure, stress levels and also will serve you better for having a good night’s sleep. It ignites your endorphins which are known as the happy hormone. As a result this will allow you to be more positive and have an increase in your energy levels throughout the day.
Once you allow yourself to get used to waking up early, what you do with your time is exclusive to you. Every morning for each individual should be a time where they are able to take a step back in a relaxing manner and enjoy the moments they have to themselves. Life is hectic as it is. Allow yourself to focus on the present moment and embrace the calmness and mindful time which you have.