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Waking up earlier is awesome in theory but tough to actually execute. Try these seven simple tips to help yourself transform from a night owl into an early bird.
Don’t just get up earlier for the heck of it. Plan to do something with that extra time, whether that means hitting a workout class or checking two specific things off the day’s to-do list.
You can’t expect to wake up earlier every day with no adjustment time, so take it slow. If you want to wake up at 7 a.m. instead of 8, start by getting up ten minutes earlier. The next day, make it 20, then 30 and so on.
It seems obvious, but the sooner you go to bed, the sooner your body will be ready to wake up. Just because you’re waking up earlier doesn’t mean you need any less shut-eye, so make sure you’re still getting about eight hours a night.
This only works when it’s bright outside, but natural sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D and boosts serotonin levels, which can improve your mood.
We’re obsessed with this little trick: After setting your alarm, put it as far from your bed as possible. When it goes off in the a.m., get up to turn it off and then immediately go to the bathroom. Now you’re awake and your day has started.
Downing H20 immediately after waking up makes you more alert, fires up your metabolism, rehydrates your body after eight hours of no water andhelps prevent you from overeating at breakfast.
After going to the bathroom and chugging a glass of water, make your bed to resist the urge to jump back into it. (Note: This is the one time you probably shouldn’t make your bed the lazy way.)
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