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How To Become a Morning Person

April 26, 2017

Do you naturally wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning, eat a healthy, homemade breakfast and then jog to work? If so, this article isn’t for you. This is for those of us who love hitting the snooze button and staying under the covers just a few moments longer. 

Even though those extra minutes may seem totally necessary, that need for extra sleep may be a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle, according to Shape.

In the same article, writer Laura Schwecherl mentioned that those who sleep in later tend to be more stressed, overweight or even depressed than those who don’t. This lack of sleep could be caused from working late, too much caffeine, or going to bed on an empty stomach. Sound like anyone you know? 

If you’re looking to have more productive mornings and start your day on the right foot, then you may want to consider becoming a morning person. 

Here are six easy steps for becoming a morning person, while still getting your best sleep possible. 

1. Give Yourself A Bedtime

Don’t wait until the early hours of the morning to finally hit the hay.

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This may seem like a childish thing for an adult to do, but creating a nighttime routine is actually a great way to ensure that you get enough sleep and wake up on time, according to DailyBurn.com. 

For instance, if you want to be in bed by 10:00 p.m., start to shower and remove your makeup around 8:30 p.m. Giving yourself time to get ready for bed helps you relax and create a less stressful environment for yourself at night. 

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2. Tune Out Technology Before Bed

Instead of scrolling through Instagram, try reading before bed to calm your senses.

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According to Harvard Health, the blue light emitted from your cell phone can actually suppress your normal circadian rhythms during sleep. This can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and not get your most restful sleep. 

Instead, change the settings on your phone to “Do Not Disturb” after your set bedtime. This will ensure that those pesky Facebook notifications don’t interrupt you while you sleep.  

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3. Use Calming Beauty Products Before You Sleep

By using quality haircare formulated with calming scents, you can help soothe your mind, body and hair.

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If you’re someone who loves to shower before you hit the hay, reach for shampoos and conditioners with calming scents like Pureology’s Strength Cure line to help soothe your stressed-out mind. 

Haircare products with lavender, honey or vanilla scents are great for helping you to feel calm and relaxed before bed. 

4. Reward Yourself For Waking Up Early

Treating yourself has never been so beneficial.

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Making something into a habit is never easy. During the first few weeks of waking up early, reward yourself with something positive as soon as you wake up. Love to read gossip magazines? Keep a stack of new issues on your nightstand to read as soon as you wake up. 

Need a tasty motivation? Make yourself a peanut butter and maple smoothie as an early morning treat. 

Little rewards will not only help you adjust to being more active in the morning, but they also help to ensure that you have a positive outlook for the day.

5. Eat A Protein Packed Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all.

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One of the best ways to start your day is by ensuring that you have a protein packed breakfast. Protein not only makes you feel full, but it makes that fullness last. By being satiated throughout the day, you can stay focused and alert to your tasks at hand. 

So, before you get ready in the morning, reach for foods that are filled with protein. One of our favorite easy-to-make breakfasts is a Greek yogurt with chia seeds, granola, and sliced berries. It’s quick, delicious, filling and lets you say goodbye to your mid-morning cravings.

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6. Change Your Alarm

Ditch your traditional alarm noise for something more soothing.

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No one likes to wake up to loud, blaring sirens and alarms. Instead, change your alarm to be something more soothing and gentle. By waking up in a calmer manner, you can maintain that sense of calm and ease throughout your morning.

Want to show us how you get ready in the morning? Tag @pureologycanada on Instagram and show us your morning routine!

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