Tried and tested: five ways to become a morning person

Health and Lifestyle Editor
29 June 2017

Do you ever struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Is the snooze button your friend or foe? I've put some life hacks to the test to see if they can help with waking up feeling fresh.

Toast and tea for breakfast

Using apps

To begin with I downloaded the Sleep Time app, which monitors your sleep pattern and wakes you up within a half-hour window, based on when you're in your lightest sleep phase.

Having your alarm go off during a period of deep sleep can take your body longer than an hour to wake up and sometimes leave you feeling drained throughout the day.

Sleep Cycle is another app recommended a lot online that does a similar thing.

Verdict: I did find this worked, but I had higher expectations than perhaps I should have done. However, I did wake up and resist the temptation to snooze or go back to sleep.

Score: 7/10

Say no to blue light just before bed

Using your smartphone, tablet or e-reader before bed can stop you from nodding off. This is because the blue light in the screens can affect the levels of melatonin your body produces. Melatonin is the hormone that helps you fall asleep.

I tried two different things together for this. Firstly, I gave myself a cut-off point to stop looking at my phone, an hour before bedtime. Secondly, I adjusted the light settings on my phone to dim the blue light in the evening. You can do this using the night shift mode if you have an iPhone. Or if you’ve got an Android phone, there are several blue light filter apps available, such as Twilight.

Verdict: At first I found not looking at my phone quite difficult. But by changing my routine and starting a new book, it soon became easier. Could I tell the difference? I did find it easier to get to sleep, which helped me to get up in the morning, so it's definitely worth a try.

Score: 6/10

A phone next to a potted herb on a wooden table 

Moving your alarm to the other side of the room

I had to try this tip separately to the Sleep time app because the app has to run underneath your pillow to monitor you as you sleep.

I understand why people have found this tip useful because for many, getting up is the initial struggle. However, I am unfortunately not one of those people.

Verdict: This didn't work for me. I got out of the bed and turned the alarm off... but then reset it for 15 minutes later and got back into bed! But this doesn't necessarily mean it won't work for you, everyone is different. If you really want to force yourself out of bed, apparently the Alarmy app is quite an experience. It makes you do tasks, like solving maths problems or shaking your phone a number of times, before the alarm will turn off.

Score: 1/10

Exercising in the morning

I've woken up plenty of times with the intention of going to the gym for a morning workout. But the number of times that I've actually followed through with it is unfortunately fewer.

I've read and been told by friends that working out before work is a great way to get a sense of achievement before the day has even begun.

Verdict: For me the biggest struggle here was leaving the house. But once that was done, I felt great for the rest of the day. The biggest hurdle was changing my morning routine. But once I'd done that, it came easier and the way I felt for the rest of the day made it worth it.

Score: 8/10

Tying up laces on trainers 

Preparing everything the night before

In the morning I like to go at a leisurely pace. But this conflicts with how long I like to be cosy in my bed. So I quite liked the idea of trying this out.

I'm quite indecisive so I thought this might help me out in the mornings. Simple things like choosing what to wear and preparing my lunch can sometimes take much longer than they should, just because I can't make my mind up.

Verdict: Although this required minimal effort, I found it really useful. I got my leisurely mornings back and I could spend as long as I liked in the evenings choosing what to wear and what yummy lunches to prep!

Score: 10/10

What works for you?

Some tips worked better than others, but everyone is different. Trying tips together and finding out what works best for me has definitely set me on my way to become more of a morning person. I have noticed that mornings are more enjoyable, I arrive at work feeling fresh, happy and ready to tackle the day.

Thinking of trying some of these? We'd love to hear what works for you. Just let us know through Facebook or Twitter.

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Sophie Mellor
Health and Lifestyle Editor

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