You may have noticed that our schedule has moved around a little bit, and there are more classes in the early morning. This is has gotten me (Kelsey) thinking about being up in the wee hours of the day in general: class or no class. Sure, once you’re up, it’s awesome. You get to think about the day you have ahead of you, and all of the time that you have until you have to take your nap at 3:30, or in my case, your fourth cup of coffee. But how do you get there—how do you get to that being up part? And smiling? Good night’s rest is a good place to start, duh. But that’s not always easy when you’re a mother and have ruffians and their fifty after-school activities in the evenings, or if you work all day and only have the evenings to get everything else done in your life. And as the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, and the early bird also gets the benefits of an early-morning workout, including peak alertness and energy for hours. So, get your butt to bed and then up early morning. You can do it!
1. Shut off all technology In scientific terms, exposure to artificial light, found in phones and laptops, an hour before bedtime suppresses melatonin, which, as you may know, is what triggers your brain to go to sleep. In non-scientific terms, Instagram could keep you up all night.
2. Lay your outfit out the night before. This is just one less thing to worry about in the morning. If you’re clothes are comfy enough, you may even considering sleeping in them (too far?)
3. Coffee. Well, duh, right? But you could make coffee a reward, if you don’t hit the snooze button five times (guilty as charged). Some psychologists say that allotting time to relax after getting up—like sipping slowly on your coffee while watching your favorite morning program— will be like a little reward.
4.Go to bed the same time each night. We are creatures of habit, including our sleeping schedules. If possible (this may be tough for some), aim to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up around the same time every morning. Before you 5:15 frequenters start to throw figurative dodgeball at me, I think bending that rule two days a week won’t kill you.
5. Coffee. Can’t say it enough.
6.Find a wind-down habit before bed. Is it a bubble-bath? A glass of wine (although alcohol may mess with some people’s sleeping habits)? Reading a book? Doctor’s say that whatever may work, a wind-down ritual will help trick your brain into getting sleepy and shake off the hustle and bustle of the day.
7. Setting a timer to go to bed. If you have a laundry list of things to do or if the auto-play on Netflix is your weakness, a timer could help you start cutting things off and getting to bed. There’s always tomorrow to get the rest of the work done, or to see what happens to Jon Snow.
8. Setting up your coffee the night before. If you have an old coffee pot like me (Bunn lovers what’s up?!), measure out your coffee in the filter and have the water waiting. All you have to do is press the start button.
9. Standing on your tip toes…I read that in a Dr. Oz article one time. It’s not too shabby.
10. Play upbeat music on the way to class. This was not in that Dr. Oz article, nor was it in any article, but I swear it works. Pitbull, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nickelback? Hey, nobody’s supposed to be watching while you’re dancing. Do your thing, girl.
11. Find a coffee pot with a self-timer. I think the benefits of that are pretty self-explanatory.
12. When all else fails, pray. Amen.