Eagerly greet the morning with grace using our five sure-fire ways to become a morning person while living in Qatar.
3 March 2020| Last updated on 3 March 2020
Even night owls can become early birds with these five tips.
They're characters of legend - the local residents who don't just thrive and work productively in the morning, but also greet the day with a spring to their step.
"Morning people" who we usually only ever hear about, yet aren't quite sure if they're real. But they exist, and studies like the ones conducted by the University of Toronto and Harvard biologist Christoph Randler found that being an early and eager riser cultivates a proactive, confident, curious, and productive mindset.
A structured and active early morning routine plays a huge role in one's success. Perhaps that's why folks like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wakes up at 5:30 am to go for a jog, why Michelle Obama is at the gym by 4:30 am, and why Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz always rises at 4:30 am to walk his dogs.
If you're aspiring to become a morning person, here are five ways you can get up and get through the early hours.
5. Set only one morning alarm
Try to avoid setting multiple alarms. Waking up to an alarm at the start of a workweek sounds bad, but waking up to five and perhaps even ten alarms in a row, set a few minutes apart, can sour your morning mood.
Make your morning into one of either two decisions: wake up or go back to sleep. Remove the in-between of multiple alarms and the snooze button.
Over time, you'll be less likely to wait to get out of bed at the last second. Another method is to set just one alarm and keep your phone or alarm clock on the other side of the room, so you have no choice but to wake up and get out of bed to turn it off.
4. Eat your breakfast
Turn breakfast into a relaxing morning ritual rather than something you "have to do" simply because you're feeling hungry. Try to have breakfast that includes protein rather than too many sugars.
While a bowl of sweet chocolate puffs might give you a kick in the morning, the sugars will lead to fatigue later son. Protein foods such as eggs and meats (sausages, etc.) will give you energy that will last longer.
3. Set time to wake up to workout
Morning workouts are a great chance to mentally prepare yourself for the day, and the endorphins that come with exercising will help boost your morning mood.
If waking up to do a workout sounds daunting, try sleeping in some comfortable gym clothes so you're prepared to get out of bed and out the door. Whether it's a casual stroll down to the nearest supermarket or a few laps around your neighbourhood, exercising in the morning will help make you feel accomplished, positive, and prepared for the rest of the day.
2. Go to bed well-hydrated
Before sleeping, make sure you're well-hydrated as dehydration is proven to influence your concentration and mood in the morning.
Just avoid drinking too much water, or else you'll wake up in the middle of the night and lose precious sleep.
1. Sleep on time
Good sleep is vital to waking up with the right amount of energy the next day. If you've completed your work, chores, and errands for the day and it's only 9 pm, try to avoid opening Netflix for a binge.
A regular bedtime routine is important for an adult's health, with studies recommending adults to secure between 7-9 hours of sleep. Lack of proper sleep can contribute to impacts on your health, including weight gain, depression, and heart disease.