One thing students do well is sleep. If we could, we would sleep in until 4pm and gradually make our way into the world. Sadly, that world doesn’t seem to be synced up with our body clocks, so waking up ‘early’ (before 10am) is inevitable. Not everyone is a morning person, so here are some tips you can follow to help make the shift easier and, ultimately, become one.
Get Your Eight Hours In
A good morning starts the night before. This means going to sleep at a reasonable time. If you know you are going to have to be up at 8am and you need a minimum eight hours sleep, you do the maths.
It is so easy to stay awake on TikTok or playing on the Xbox. Of course, this is a much more fun option than getting a good night’s sleep. But future you will thank you for getting that rest in when they have to wake up in the early hours and don’t feel run down.
Having a good seven to nine hours sleep makes you feel much more awake and alert, meaning you can be more productive each day.
Get The Worst Done First
If you are finding it hard to get up because you know you have a lot to do that day, you should tackle the harder stuff first. If you get it out of the way as soon as you get up, you will be able to get it finished before you even realise what you are doing.
Once all the chores or harder tasks of the day are done, the weight of the day should be much lighter and ensure you enjoy the rest of it. Whereas if you are lethargic during the early hours of the day, then you will have these tasks lingering over you until the sun goes down once again.
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Make Your Bed
There are several reasons why making your bed is helpful. Firstly, it makes your room look clean and tidy as though you have your stuff together (even if you don’t).
Secondly, if you make your bed right after you get out of it, you have already successfully completed a task and are starting your day off with a positive.
Thirdly, if you make your bed look Instagram-worthy, with no creases and gorgeous throw pillows, you aren’t going to want to get back in there.
And finally, when it gets to the end of the day, you will come back after all your hard work to a lovely made-up bed that you can hop into and enjoy.
A 2012 study concluded that early morning risers, generally, had higher levels of positive emotions over night owls.
Other research also linked being a morning person to higher productivity rates as well as a lower likelihood of developing depression and schizophrenia.
So, maybe there is more to being an early bird than getting the worm.
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