We see a lot of stuff about improving sleep and how you can achieve a perfectly crafted morning routine, but is it sustainable?
Give your mornings some structure and it will help you start the day off on the right foot.
If your mornings feel chaotic and rushed, I’ve got some important takeaways so that you can create your very own specialised morning routine.
Here’s the morning makeover you could be taking advantage of.
Wake up at a time that works for you
You don’t have to force yourself to wake up at 4 a.m.
Our internal clocks that determine our sleep/wake cycles are mainly biological, so some people just aren’t meant to be super-early risers. If you wake up too early without getting adequate rest, you’ll likely feel groggy and miserable: This is not a great way to start your day.
Try to set up a sustainable bedtime routine and wake up time that lets you catch a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
Get some natural light right away
Sunlight is an important cue our bodies use to know when it’s time to be asleep or awake. Try to open a window or get out in the morning light right after you wake up, it’ll help you feel more awake and alert, and also will make it easier to fall asleep later that night.
Make your bed
Always make your bed in the morning. It’ll help your self-esteem, it feels good to accomplish a simple task right away, and it can even reinforce the idea that you are a person who deserves to live in a clean and tidy space.
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey showing that people who make their beds in the morning sleep better at night, because their bedrooms are more neat and comfortable.
If you always feel tired and lethargic when you wake up, it could be because you’re dehydrated from the night’s sleep. Downing a glass of water in the morning will help you feel more awake and energised.
Write a short to-do list
After you’ve sufficiently woken yourself up, try jotting down a list of the most important things you’d like to get done that day, but make sure to keep it brief.
Writing a checklist of 25 to-dos will likely leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Instead, list 3 or 4 major goals for the day ahead. That way, you can focus your energy on the tasks that matter most.
All of these things are extremely easy to do and in some cases can have life changing effects. Make sure to keep to your routine once you’ve figured it out and keep it regular.