Monday, 1 February 2016

Mind over mattress: our journey to becoming a morning person

Ever since I left school and lost a routine I have struggled (a lot) to wake up in the mornings. If you're a university or college student you'll understand this, when you're in one day at 1pm and the next at 9am it really throws your body off. It's a new year therefore a metaphorical new start and I'm really putting the effort in to make some changes, one of the biggest being waking up early and actually making my 9am classes (it's just so difficult when they put the lecture up online!).

So this is my (ours, if you'd like to join in too!) journey to becoming a fresher, less grumpy person in the mornings. I've searched the internet and used my own brain for some ideas and steps to becoming a little bit brighter before 9am. Here are my top 10 tips on how to beat the morning blues.

The night before:

1) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar a good few hours before you plan to go to bed so that you actually get enough sleep!

2) Get off the internet!
Kind of linked to the first one but it's is something I'm really guilty of. I'll get into bed at about 10pm but then I'll watch Youtube or blog or scour instagram and before I know it it's 4am and I'm counting the hours of sleep I'll be able to get until I have to get up.

3) Laying in bed as still as you can be actually helps trick your mind into going to sleep.
This sounds quite silly but it actually works. Some days I just really struggle to get to sleep and then because I can't sleep it stresses me out and that means I definitely can't sleep. Now instead, I'll get into bed and just try and stay as still as I can possibly be and 9.5 times out of 10 I will actually fall to sleep.

The morning:

4) Always plan to get up at the same time - even if you haven't got anything planned.
I noticed that as soon as I lost my school routine I also lost my ability to wake up in the mornings.

5) Pretend you have important things to do.
My main issue is just pressing the snooze button and thinking to myself "I don't need to get up early because I don't have anything to get up early for!" and thus losing my routine. It really helps me to just pretend I have something important to do instead. Need to wash your car? Plan to do it early. Gym day? Tell yourself it's quieter in the mornings and you need to go then. There are a million excuses and reasons to wake up early.

6) Put your alarm far away from your bed.
This means you actually have to get up to turn it off! Resist the temptation of crawling back under the duvet.

7) Set multiple alarms - start them about an hour earlier than you actually need to get up.
If you need to wake up at 8 set two alarms at 7 and 7:30 just to give you a little bit of time to wake up before facing the day.

8) Have some caffeine and a something to eat.
A strong cup of coffee in the mornings will help you dust the sleep out of your eyes and a bit of food will start your metabolism and help you feel a bit more awake.

9) Have a shower as soon as you wake up and get ready for the day.
Doing your hair and make-up makes you feel a thousand times better and more alive!

10) Remember making a routine of waking up early doesn't happen overnight!
As much as it bugs me to say this, you can't just create a new routine overnight and it will take a bit of perseverance before you are magically a morning person. If you're used to getting up at 10am, start waking up at 9:30 instead and then the next week wake up at 9, and so on.


So these are my waking up goals for 2016. Here's to being an early riser!


  1. Great advice! And I definitely know what you mean with my body being thrown off because of uni schedule and not going to school from 8-3 or whatever time. But it's a new month, so I'm read for a new challenge! Hahah

    1. That's my idea haha! New Years resolutions didn't quite work out but it's a new month so time to try again!

  2. Sticking to a routine definitely makes a big difference! Waking up at the same time even if you have nothing planned really does make a difference. Great tips!
    xo Kiki

  3. Awesome post. x

  4. This is so true! When I don't have work early in the morning I am so tempted to sleep in, but I'll usually work from bed and now that I wake up early it's like I have an internal alarm clock, I can't sleep past a certain hour! It's great because you feel like you have so much more of the day left to yourself.
    Great post, I hope you can stick to your routine and can finally wake up early each morning!

    My Lovelier Days

  5. i used to absolutely hate waking up early but i've made myself into a morning person recently, not super early but around 8:30-8:45. setting my alarm a half hour before definitely helps me!

    danielle | avec danielle

  6. Getting off the internet is the hardest bit for me! Lovely post and great tips!!x


  7. Oh boy do I need this list! I am a true grump in the morning! I never drank coffee until recently and don't know what I did without it! It's a lifesaver!:)

    Shannon Sage

  8. I'm a big fan of multiple alarms! I'm terrible at getting up early.

    She Likes to Shop


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