Tried and tested ways to ensure you get up on the right side of the bed
If you’re not a morning person, waking up any time before 10am is tough. Waking up before 7am is a Herculean task worthy of a medal. And waking up before 5am… well, there’s a reason we’re writing this article.
Since you’re an online teacher, falling out of bed and operating as a close cousin to the undead really isn’t an option. Because in just a few moments, you’ll open your screen and be greeted by a smiling face eager to get started with class. Matching that enthusiasm while even the early bird is still tucked in requires some effort.
Luckily, developing simple, easy to achieve habits are the most effective way of getting into an early morning rhythm, and by spending a little more time on your morning routine, you’ll be a model morning person in no time!
Get to know your sleep cycle
The age-old adage of 8 hours of sleep a day can be a bit misleading. There is broad agreement that the most beneficial amount of sleep has nothing to do with the length of time you sleep, but rather the quality of your sleep. Have you ever found after a 4-hour sleep you feel strangely energized (albeit lazy come the end of the day), while after a 7-hour sleep just opening your eyes is a feat? This is because you might be forcing yourself awake in the middle of deep sleep. If you don’t know the perfect amount of sleep time for your body, check out the numerous Apps available (like Sleep Cycle) that help monitor when you’re in a light phase of sleep and wake you up accordingly.
Keep a glass of lemon juice by the bed
The fastest way to wake up and feel at one with the world is to get your metabolism going. Drinking water as soon as you wake up is good, adding a little lemon juice is better. With its high Vitamin C, Potassium and Magnesium content, lemons help to balance the body’s PH levels and make your metabolism realize it doesn’t belong to a hibernating bear (anymore). Just remember to prepare the glass of lemon water the night before, because nobody likes the thought of a cold kitchen floor in the morning.
Get your blood flowing
Don’t freak out, but this is related to exercise. There’s no need to sign up for the local gym and commit to 90 minutes of cross fit at 5am every morning, but getting your blood flowing is one of the best ways to put your body into first gear. Aerobic exercise is the best, which can mean something as simple as a few jumping jacks or a brisk walk around the block. Did you know that according to happiness researcher Shawn Anchor, a mere 10 minutes of cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant?
Take a moment
Spend a little time just calmly thinking of the day ahead. You may have a packed schedule, or even spent the previous night dreaming of all you have to get done, but just a few minutes to collect yourself before the day will have a huge impact. There’s a less than 3% chance your decision to do this will trigger the end of the world.
Hold off the coffee… at least for an hour
(Wait, what now? This list went from reasonable to just plain ridiculous bordering on insulting…)
Hold up a minute. We would never do something as irrational as suggest you stop drinking coffee. But, studies have shown that drinking coffee too early in the morning can have a counter-productive effect on your energy levels. This is because your body naturally produces a cortisol spike when you wake up, and drinking coffee can dilute the effect of it. The best thing to do is ride the wave of your natural cortisol first, and then dive into the java as the morning gets going.
Hopefully these simple habits will help you become the morning person you never thought you were.