Last year I was pretty impressed with myself for becoming a morning person. It had been a lifetime struggle resetting my body clock. Finally, I woke early, made myself breakfast and generally took my mornings a little slower and easier. It was heaven.
Cut to now, after a few weeks of summer holidays it’s bye-bye morning person. Hello, sleepyhead! There’s barely been a day that I’ve been out of bed before 9 am. Rest and recharge and all that, but what the heck happens when I go back to work? Clocking in hours late, not ideal.
Maybe this has already happened to you. I’m a little behind the crowd with returning to work. So I decided to do some research and figure out how to start over resetting my body clock to wake up earlier. Here are the things that I’m going to try to reset my body clock. Ready?
How I’m going to reset my body clock.
Sort out my bedtime
First of all, I need to sort out the time I’m going to bed. When I was an early riser, I was pretty much always in bed by 10 pm, asleep before 11 pm. Still late by a lot of people’s standards but not too bad by mine. By setting a bedtime and attempting to stick to it more often than not, I’m hoping to get the hours of sleep I need every night. I don’t function on anything less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep, so I have to make time for that to happen.
One of my most charming habits is that I can snooze an alarm back to back for hours on end (you think I’m kidding, I’m not). But what usually happens is that you start to feel like rubbish after the first few snoozes. After that, getting out of bed gets harder, and ultimately you don’t feel as good. Weird. I would’ve thought hundreds of alarms shocking me awake increment after increment would’ve been an awesome thing. Apparently not. So, I’m giving up the snooze button.
As much as I love it, it’s time to say goodbye to watching video after video on YouTube before I sleep. Watching on my phone tends to lead to nodding off, then wake up semi-refreshed. Not ideal. But also, I have a tendency to binge-watch, which on YouTube is a bottomless pit. The most bottomless of bottomless pits. Seriously. So, I’m cutting myself off—no more scrolling and watching in my wind downtime before bed. Instead, I’m going to go back to the old fashion method and read a book. I’m so old school it hurts.
There you go, team. That’s the plan. If you want to join me on this mission, let me know. On Instagram, we were talking about the returning to work thing. It’s hard; I get that. Me? I wish it could be summer all year long.
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Hi! I’m Melissa Walker Horn. Around here, they call me Suger. I’m the Chief Blogger and doer of all the things here at Suger Coat It. Blogging since 1901; I love a casual ootd, taking photos, and writing about things that irk or inspire me. I love wine and cheese, long days at the beach and spending time with my family. I make stuff for the internet over at Chalkboard Digital. You know, living the sweet life.
I try so hard to be a morning person!! When i do happen to wake up early I achieve so much! Definitely going to try some of you tips to become one!
When I really got into the swing of things last year, I found that if I had something to do or somewhere to be in the morning it helped to build the habit because I couldn’t get out of it. I met a friend at the gym most weekdays and the habit formed really quickly and stayed even after we stopped going to the gym.
Whilst I no longer HAVE to get up at a particular time and am often in bed past 9 am (retirement has its benefits) I do know I need to scroll less on FB etc prior to sleep. And turn off the light by or before midnight. I have taken to reading a small chapter in one of my Pema Chodron books and that is a wind-down signal for me. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 3/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “What Is Kindness?”
It’s sort of the same here. I work from home on my own schedule most days, it makes it tough to motivate yourself when really there’s no need to be awake early, other than the overall productivity of the day! Love a good wind down cue, our brains really are amazing things.
I’ve been doing all of these things and it’s totally helping! I have to say that as someone who used to go to bed somewhere between 12am and 2am, having an earlier bedtime is SO lovely!
Absolutely. It makes such a difference to how you FEEL in the morning. Game changer.