According to several studies, morning people tend to make more money, are more productive, are healthier and live longer, and are happier and more satisfied with their lives. I love waking up early - it’s a nice time to gather my thoughts and get stuff done that I would end up not doing, like exercising. It's possible to become a morning person if you aren’t one right now. It’s a matter of changing a belief system and a set of habits.
1. First, write down what you could do/gain if you became a morning person.
2. Next, change the way you think about waking up early and make it a priority. This will change your behavior and get you committed to making the change.
3. Drink coffee – Coffee is actually very healthy and a great way to start your morning. Just the smell can wake you up. I like to start my morning off with some evolved coffee. The only time coffee may be a problem is if you’re super stressed, have problems sleeping or are over-consuming it.
4. Take a 2 minute freezing-cold shower. Not only will this wake you up but it will also lower your core body temperature, increasing your metabolism.
5. Plan your sleep – strive for at least 7-8 hours of sleep and use this to determine when you need to be in bed.
6. Use an alarm if you have to but DO NOT HIT SNOOZE. Get out of bed as quick as possible. I sometimes have a difficult time getting out of bed, but once I’m out, I’m ready to go. Once you’re out of bed (and stay out), you’re past the hardest part.
7. Use a blue light box. Sit in front of the box for about 10-15 minutes in the morning – while eating breakfast or reading the newspaper – to help recapture energy.
8. The night prior, do as much as you can – pick out your cloths, make your breakfast and lunch, etc. This gets you committed to the morning.
9. Turn it into a habit. Try to be consistent for a week, then try for another 14 days. See how you feel after those 21 days. By then, it should become a habit.
Enjoy the quite time with yourself.