Now, as you may (or may not) know, I’m basically a vampire. Or I used to be. Throughout my whole life I have never been a morning person, I would rather die than wake up early basically, and yes, it really is that dramatic. I used to be constantly tired, I’d get headaches, have dark circles under my eyes, you name it. I was pretty much a walking, talking, zombie and I felt constantly ill because of it.
However, through basically telling myself to get a grip and realising I didn’t want to feel like that all the time, I came up with a few things to help me feel better in the mornings and I thought I’d share them with you guys. I’m not saying that these have made me want to get up at the crack of dawn and dance around because 6am starts are just that fun, because they’re not, they suck and I’d still rather stick pins in my eyes than be up early but these are just the things that have made mornings a little more bearable for me. So let’s talk about what they are!
1). go to bed earlier
If this isn’t the most obvious point I could have included in this post I don’t know what is, but it has to be said. The main reason you’re probably not getting enough sleep at night is because you’re not going to bed early enough (and if you are, I’ll get on to that in a minute). For me, it takes me a while to get to sleep usually (45 mins to an hour) and so if I get into bed at 11pm for example, it doesn’t mean I’m automatically going to fall asleep at that time. As much as I wish I was one of those people who could fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, I’m not – my brain likes to think too much. I’ve started getting into bed 45 minutes to an hour earlier to allow myself to fall asleep when I actually plan to, if that makes sense. If I want to be asleep by 11, I’ll get into bed around 10pm and then use that hour to try to fall asleep so by the time that 11 rolls around, chances are I’ll be snoozing away. Usually I would just get into bed at 11 and then end up falling asleep around 12 and being tired in the morning and I couldn’t understand why – it’s because you spent an hour lying there thinking about the meaning of life, Chloe.
2). put your phone down
This is such an important one – put your phone down. The amount of times I’ve stayed up (I’m talking 3 / 4am) because I’ve been on my phone is insane, I get distracted way too easily and end up mindlessly scrolling through social media or having conversations with people that can wait until the morning. Turn your wifi off, put your phone face down somewhere or leave it on the other side of the room so you’re not tempted to keep picking it up every 5 minutes or check for new notifications. You can even put your phone on airplane mode (your alarm will still work) – this is also a great way to help you get up in the morning, putting your phone over the other side of the room means you have to physically get out of bed to turn your alarm off.
3). get up on weekends
Probably the tip that has helped me the most out of all of these – getting up on weekends. I get up at 7:30am Monday – Friday so by the time Saturday rolls around my body clock is automatically set to wake up early – I’ll naturally wake up around 7:30 because that’s what my body is used to and then I’ll go back to sleep for a couple of hours and wake up (naturally) again at around 9:30am instead. It’s so refreshing because now a lie in for me is considered 9:30 – 10am rather than 12 – 1pm, it means I get a couple hours of extra sleep and my day isn’t wasted. Don’t lie in until the afternoon just because you can, oversleeping actually makes you feel worse and more tired than you were to begin with!
4). get up when your alarm goes off
Which brings me on to my next point – stop pressing snooze! 5 minutes of extra sleep isn’t going to make you any less tired (the damage is already done) so get out of bed the second your alarm goes off. You think you’re doing yourself a favour by cramming in those extra 5 / 10 minutes of sleep every morning but you’re not, you’re just prolonging the agonising task that is getting out of bed and actually making the situation worse because of it. If you get up the second your alarm goes off I promise you’ll feel better for it (after the initial shock horror and feeling of wanting to die).
5). go to bed when you’re tired
Again, this may be an obvious one but I feel like it has to be said. Sleep when your body is telling you it’s ready for a rest – it doesn’t matter that it’s only 8pm, your body is tired! I used to force myself to stay awake because it was ‘too early to go to sleep’ but in the end, the only person I was affecting was myself. Staying up for the sake of it isn’t worth losing those extra few hours of sleep. I used to have FOMO and hated the idea of wasting my free time after work by sleeping but honestly if you’re tired, then you need to. I promise you’ll thank yourself for it the day after.
And there we have it loves! Let me know if you have any tips for falling asleep earlier / getting enough sleep at night – I’m always looking for new things to add to the list!
All my love,