Let’s be honest here, as much as you say you’re a night owl, if you’re a mom, you are forced to be a morning person because for whatever reason, kids like to wake up at the butt crack of dawn, and it’s just more convenient considering everything happens during the daytime.
If you are a night owl and have been most your life, but would find more beneficial to be a morning person, then follow these tips. I know how hard it is. I’ve been a night owl since I graduated high school, so much that I worked graveyard for almost 2 years. Once I became a mom, the night owl life just wasn’t working for me anymore.
Let’s face it, mom’s never get enough sleep, but in order to become a morning person, sleep and enough of it is essential. You should plan for at least 7 hours of sleep. I know, not always feasible – sometimes you wait for your little’s to go to sleep to get that much need ME TIME, which is understandable, but if you put your little’s to bed around 7:30 – 8:00 pm, and you want to be in bed by 10 in order to get up by 5:30 am, and get 7 hours of sleep, that leaves you 2, to 2 and a half hours of to have me time.
I cannot stress enough how important having a routine is just when having kids, let alone be a morning person. Number one thing to remember when sticking to a routine is to NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON ON YOUR ALARM! I know this is hard for some (I’ve actually never hit the snooze button. No, I’m not lying.) but you have to just get up. That zombie exhaustion once you start moving around (faster with coffee).
Make a point to get up at the same time EVERYDAY, or at least close to the same time. This is the quickest way for your body to get use to the routine. Eventually, your body will think of it as normal and it will become easier.
Yes, this is important to becoming a morning person. We all know eating healthier makes you feel better. Don’t eat to late or it might keep you up and don’t skip dinner or you might wake up hungry, both of which will ruin your sleep and lack of decent sleep will ruin your routine. Healthy snacks thought out the day are essential as well, as they can provide healthy energy.
BEDTIME FOR LITTLES:
In order for you to have a constant routine, your kids need to have one too! Think about it, the later your kids go to bed, the later you go to bed, which means less sleep for you! Besides, kids need consistency and a routine.
This is the biggest tip to becoming a morning person. If you have a shitty attitude, you won’t accomplish anything. It’ll be hard at first, but you gotta do it, so just embrace it. Trust me, it gets better and easier!
I’ve been a morning person for the last 5 years. I’ve gotten up no later than 7am for work. Now, I get up even earlier than I ever have before. I get up at 3 to be to work by 4am. I just started this shift about a month ago and it was hard at first, especially because I have insomnia, but it’s gotten easier. Before this 4am shift, I worked the 6am shift for years.
Stick to your routine and be consistent with it and you’ll be a morning person in no time!