Many of us just aren’t “morning people.” We are more productive – and way more awake – later on in the day, and even at night. Whatever it is about mornings, they just don’t work for us. But regardless of whether you’re a morning person or not, we all live in a world where the day starts with the sunrise. Many of us have to wake up earlier than we are comfortable with for work. Besides, there are many added benefits to waking up early in the morning: early risers tend to be more optimistic, more productive, and less stressed, than their sleepy counterparts.

Luckily, there are a few ways to make waking up early easier for those of us who just can’t seem to be alert enough. Try a few of these methods to wake yourself up fully in the morning.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep – The best way to ensure that you’ll have a great morning is to get enough sleep, and to make sure that sleep is restful. Before going to bed, do relaxing activities, like taking a warm shower or reading a book. Try to keep off of electronics a full hour before bed as the bright LED screen keeps your brain active. Stay away from caffeine in the evening. Do your best to turn off your brain before hopping into bed; one way to do this is by writing down all of your to-dos on a list and then resolving not to think about them as you try to fall asleep.
  2. Eat breakfast – Some people who have trouble with mornings skip breakfast in an effort to sleep in five more minutes. Don’t! Eating gives you energy. You may not realize that lack of food is what’s causing you to be tired, but frequently, it is. Without the “most important meal of the day,” you’re running on empty until lunch.
  3. Get active – As soon as you’re awake, get up! Lounging in bed makes it harder to become alert. Move around, jump up and down, or do some jumping jacks. Starting a habit of going to the gym or working out at home in the morning is a great idea, but you might want to ease into it.
  4. Turn on the lights and noises – It’s not good to look at electronics before you try to fall asleep, but bright lights can help better wake you up! Having lights and noises, such as a radio or morning news show, tells your brain that it is time to wake up. It’s tempting to get ready for the day in the dark if you’re still longing for bed, but you need to fight that urge.
  5. Establish a routine – Having a morning routine makes getting ready for the day easier as the motions become more mechanical. It also assures that you’ll have enough time to complete all of your tasks without being late for work. It’s also wise to have a bit of a routine before bed as well, including completing some of the tasks you need to do before work, like packing a lunch. This will make mornings easier on you.

Have you tried any of these methods before? What has worked for you? Tell us below!