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The Only Dos And Don’ts You NEED To Become A Morning Person

This is not something new. Waking up early is a synonym of IMPOSSIBLE in your dictionary. All your life you’ve given your ‘best’ to become one of those few early birds. You’ve read dozens of articles on “How to become a morning person,” bought the loudest alarm clock in the market or programmed your mobile phone to play the loudest alarm tone (though, the SNOOZE button has become your bae), set your room up with the Philips artificial wake up lights and made every other futile attempt in the book to become a morning person. But NO… nothing seems to have worked and you have failed miserably every time you tried to become a morning person. So, is it time you grow used to your love-hate relationship with mornings and resign yourself to hibernating your entire life, if you get the chance?

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We say NO! You’re not the only one and if it helps and offers any consolation, studies say that only 1 out of 10 person is a true morning person, where only 2 in 10 people fall into the category of night owls and the rest 7 fall somewhere in between the scale.

Unless you’re night guard, a DJ,a programmer or just dreaming big, the hi-tech modern world is not designed for the people who stay up all night. Work starts early and you need to run and enter your office before noontime rolls out or strive hard to not miss your one-day-a-week invaluable robotics lecture in your college. And we are here to help.

Here are some useful dos and don’ts you need to become a morning person:

1. Change your sleep cycle

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You don’t need more than 7 hours of sleep, what you need is slightest amount of willpower to become a morning person. Plan ahead and give yourself some good enough reasons to wake up early the next day.  “Keeping a consistent sleep schedule is one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting quality, restful sleep,” says Dr. Watson. Obviously, it takes time to change your body clock completely, it’s a gradual process and is not going to happen in a blink of an eye, so hold your horses and start shifting your bed time forward by just 15 minutes at a time. If you sleep early, you get up early. As easy as that!

2. No gadgets

Any kind of gadgets and screens will deprive you of a good night’s sleep. Any screen be it a TV or laptop will not allow you to relax as shall that bugger of a smartphone. Science has proven that screens interfere with your REM cycle and it is better to stick to a good ol’ book and fall asleep turning the pages than stare at a screen. So, when the clock strikes 10 and you’re done with your dinner and plan to sleep, shut out those distracting television sets, laptops and keep the phone out of reach!You will be surprised with the results.

3. Give yourself a purpose


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Getting up early and pushing yourself out of bed is not really a tough task if you have a sense of purpose and give yourself a valid reason to look up to the next day. Firstly, figure out what is the one thing you love doing and how much you’d love to have some more time to actually pursue it. Once you figure that out, no real thing can stop you in your quest to become a morning person. It’s hard enough to wake up at the crack of dawn and when you wake up to do shit you don’t enjoy . . . your new resolution can be stressful and pointless. In my case, I didn’t know how to drive but I was a car-maniac since childhood. So I got into a driving school and opted for the 6:00 am training sessions. That helped me wake up early , and guess what I didn’t even need alarms. And that’s simply because the allure of being behind the wheel reached out and pulled me out of bed, lovingly so. Making your mornings more enjoyable is an important step when learning how to become a morning person.

4. Multiple alarms (with crass songs)

Tell Google to set at least 10 alarms with 2 minute intervals every night before going to sleep.  And put up one of those noisiest, most crass songs as your alarm tone. You might get all cranky, but you’re more likely to actually stay up. This will work ONLY if you disable your snooze button. So, are you ready to ditch the snooze? Think of it as an ex you wouldn’t even want to drunk-dial ever. 😉

5. You just do it

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Initially it might stress you out but remember you don’t have to want to get up, you just have to do it. If you have the zeal, waking up early shall be a cakewalk.

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6. Let the sun come in

Generally, there isn’t a single day that you wouldn’t want the sun to rise a bit late. If you have made half  the effort you make to lower your curtains to avoid the sunlight every morning, you wouldn’t have been reading this article.
Let the sun come in and light up your room. Research has shown that sunlight wakes up the brain and suppresses melatonin – which is basically the sleep hormone.

7. Morning sex

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Don’t tell me nobody told you about this before. Give me any better excuse than to start off your day with passionate morning sex. It will also lift up your overall mood and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the twenty-four hours- umm, sorry- twenty-one, if we may be ambitious? 😉

8. Wake up and get moving

As soon as you get up, wash your face, brush your teeth (Minty toothpastes are refreshing) and grab a glass of coffee. That will help you freshen up, and you can start doing whatever you think might be engaging and can keep you off the bed.

9. Get up at the same time every day

Try to maintain the time. If you’re getting up at 6 o’clock in the morning, make it a habit, which will help your body to adjust and create a body clock, eventually. BUT BUT BUT, breaking your sleep pattern on weekends will ruin your hard work. So maintain your schedule every day. You might feel exhausted initially, but after a while, you will feel healthy and ready for your day. You’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and that will help you feel more relaxed and less rushed.

10. Say no to procrastination

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You’re at the couch at 11P.M, randomly swapping channels without even watching the TV, simply scrolling down your Facebook feed just to recheck the posts you have seen multiple times the previous day, until you hear birds chirp and the clock says 4:00 A.M in the morning. If this is your everyday schedule, becoming a morning person may be an uphill task for you. So stop procrastinating and make a productive routine for your daily life. It IS easier said than done, but whoever said you weren’t game for challenges?

11. Commitment

You’re not going to go anywhere without sheer dedication. Keep in mind, you’re  helping nobody by waking up early in the morning, but yourself. You will only have a better life if you commit to it. Give all you have to wake up at 6 and continue to do so for at least a month. Trust me, you wouldn’t even need alarms or the sun to get you up at 6 for the rest of the mornings that follow. Your body clock will wake you up.

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12. Enjoy doing it

Last but not the least, if you don’t enjoy watching the sunrise every morning it will only stress you out, so it is essential not to force yourself and go with the flow. Getting out of bed on a wrong foot can impact your entire day and the happy bright sun wouldn’t be able to ameliorate your gloomy mood. So, start with love.

Morning shows the day and it’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.

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12 Dos And Don’ts You NEED To Become A Morning Person
You have tried every trick in the book to become a morning person - now, try these!
Shreyan Basu Majumder

Shreyan Basu Majumder

Photographer. Cinematographer. Editor. I love my camera more than my girlfriend. Anything artsy grabs my attention. Also, I judge people on their music taste cause 'You are what you listen to'.