Getting an early start to your day can sometimes seem impossible, but not any longer.

Did you know that your brain is the most effective in the mornings? When you think of your typical workday, it seems to make sense. When you walk into the office first thing in the morning, you mean business. By the time you take lunch and hit that afternoon slump, you may find yourself getting distracted more, or not being as productive.

So, stop wasting your mornings away, and learn how to become an early bird.

Step 1: Consistency is key
Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day can help your body become accustomed to a specific pattern, which will make waking up early easier. The one downside is that means no sleeping in on the weekends.

Step 2: Gradually adjust your bedtime AND your wake time
If you want to be an early riser, start by making small adjustments. Like going to bed a little earlier than normal, and also waking up a little earlier. This will allow your body to adjust to your new schedule and not put it in shock. You don’t want to feel jet lagged.

Step 3: Avoid screens prior to sleep
The key to being a morning person is getting a good night’s rest. In order to sleep well, you need to establish habits that promote a sound night of sleep. Try to avoid lit screens from your phone, computer, or tv within 30 minutes of your scheduled bedtime and establish a consistent bedtime routine.

Step 4: Let light help you
It’s usually easier to get up early in the summer rather than the winter. This isn’t just because your bed is so warm and cozy in the winter months, but when there’s light, it causes a decrease in the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Try to choose blinds or curtains that allow light to enter your room in the morning, so that you wake up more naturally.

Step 5: Set goals
When you have specific goals that force you to have an early start to your day, you are so much more motivated to get up. Having something that gets you up and moving with a purpose can be exactly what you need to become an early morning riser.

Becca Capell
iFit Head Trainer