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Sunrise – Saturday Morning in Maine

If you think I jump out of bed when the alarm goes off circa 3:50 AM, you better think again.  I don’t exactly jump – but, I get up and I get going.

Zero dark thirty hours are early – even for me. And, I could easily become a snooze addict when the bed is so comfy and warm and it isso cold and dark outside of the blankets.

But, I love the morning.

I love waking up before the sunrise. I love lacing up my shoes, enjoying [if that’s what you want to call it] a morning sweat session, and taking a few minutes to “plan” out the day – all before the [work] day really begins.

So if you want to stop hitting snooze, if you want to find out how awesome 5:00 AM run club is or if you want to drink your coffee and watch the sun come up [definitely, make time for this one] – here are a few of my suggestions to you. Let’s face it, hitting snooze and sleeping in day-after-day is likely not a sleeping disorder, it’s just a matter of [bad] habits.

5 Ways to Learn to Love Waking Up in The Morning

1. Stick to A Reasonable Sleep Schedule [weekends included]: There isn’t a one size fits all approach to how much sleep you need at night, but it’s likely that if you start to reach the mark of less than 5 – 6 hours, we could classify you as a sleepyhead. If you are going to wake up, WITH ENERGY, by 5:00 AM, please be in bed [not in bed scrolling the square world of Instagram or reading this post, but in bed sleeping] by 10:00 PM. If you can go to sleep earlier, even better, 7-9 hours of sleep is ideal for our health. Remember, you can’t be a night owl and a morning person.

2. Create a Happy Sleeping Place: Don’t fall asleep on the couch and then sleepwalk your way to your bedroom at some point during the night. Don’t leave the TV or music on. Don’t add extra lights in the mix or crank up the heat because it was cold when you entered your bedroom. Your bedroom should be dark, quiet and cool to allow you to sleep comfortably. You know that moviestar like sleeping mask you have secretly always wanted – don’t laugh, it just might help.

3. Establish a Relaxing Routine & Put the Screens Away [all of them]: Take some time, maybe 30 minutes or so to prepare yourself for sleep. Maybe this means taking a hot shower or bath, maybe this means writing, Dear Diary like – clear your mind on paper, read a good book or magazine [only if you are willing to put this book down by bedtime], turn the lights down, and turn off and put away all the screens [TV, phone, Kindle, iPad – ALL of them need to be off and away – slightly traumatizing, I know, but for your sake, just do it]. Flex your zen muscles, relax, and go to sleep.

4. Get Up & Get Going: When the alarm goes off, that is your cue to get up and get going. It doesn’t mean lay in bed, check your email or the latest on the social media feeds or pull up the blankets, sink into the pillows and yawn. It means the covers are off, and you are up and at ‘em. Don’t let the sleepiness and grogginess set in. Avoid all temptations of snooze. Put your alarm across the room if you have to. [whatever it takes].

5. Make Morning Plans: My favorite suggestion, plan a workout. You can still make your coffee trip, but workout first. Plan the workout with a friend – it would not be very nice of you to stand up a friend circa 5:00 AM, now would it [accountability]. Put out your clothes the night before [heck, I even have friends that wear some of their workout layers to bed]. This workout will be day changing – you will have energy that you didn’t know existed, you will no longer need an excuse to not fit your workout in post work [it’s out of the way], and you will start to release bad toxins. Wake up. Sweat. Smile. You will sleep earlier and better.

In a perfect world – we would wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world, every day. But, it’s not a perfect world – so take it with a grain of salt, and try to stick to a morning routine that doesn’t leave you running out of the house each day, hoping you have two of the same shoes on your feet, that you brushed your teeth and you remembered to feed yourself.

Mornings are made for you, for being present and setting intentions – make it happen.

Give it a go – learn to love early wake up calls. I hope these tips leave you rising and shining!