The Rock, Michelle Obama, and Mark Wahlberg all have something in common…
No, not being rich and successful – although that’s probably no coincidence – they all wake up at a time many of us would call obscene. The Rock starts laying the smackdown around 4 am, Obama is in the gym at 4.30 am, and Marky Mark is up and at ‘em at 2.30 am 😲
These might be on the extreme side, but many of us wish we could wake up an hour or two earlier than we do – and more importantly, enjoy it.
So, here are 5 things you can do to ensure you rise and shine every morning:
Create a bedtime routine
A good morning follows a good night. To encourage a restful night’s sleep, try to follow some sleep hygiene basics, such as: Go to bed at the same time every night; no TV or phone screens one hour before bed; no coffee after 3 pm; and ensure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet.
And don’t ‘force’ yourself to go to sleep early if you’re not tired – it never works. Instead, work on creating an environment conducive to natural sleepiness. Using CBD about an hour before bed might help bring a feeling of calm and relaxation to your night routine.
Get your Every Morning workout in early
Nearly all early risers opt to exercise before they start the day’s work and it makes sense. You can exercise distraction-free; it will energize you, so the thoughts of creeping back into bed will vanish; plus, working out releases feel-good chemicals that you can ride out for the rest of the day.
Start the day by doing something you enjoy
Early risers often use those quiet extra hours to do things they wouldn’t have time to do later in the day.
Reading, meditation, listening to music, catching up on the news… Having something to look forward to in the morning will help you wake up with a smile on your face.
And if you love exercising, then great! Two birds with one stone.
Get some light in Every Morning
When you wake up, pull back the curtains to let in the morning sun or go for a walk. If you’re waking up before dawn, then turn on your lights.
The presence of light tells your body to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin and to wake up.
Eat a protein-rich breakfast
Protein naturally increases dopamine levels to regulate motivation and make you feel ready to take on the day.
So choose eggs, peanut butter, or lean meat over Pop-Tarts and Lucky Charms.