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How to be a Productive Early Riser

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Apr 25, 2016
How to be a Productive Early Riser

Waking up in order to begin gearing up for the daily hustle and bustle is often a difficult feat for many. The snooze button more or less becomes our muse to allow us a few extra minutes in the mornings. In all honestly, is it really worth it? What if we changed only a couple of our morning habits to help us become a more productive riser? Although, it sounds good in theory, let’s put these elements to the ultimate test. Take a look, at some of our suggestions and tell us your thoughts on whether or not they truly help eliminate the early morning blues.

Plan ahead: Being prepared ahead of time can greatly alleviate morning stressors as you are trying to (literally) head out the door. Upon waking up, having your lunch prepared along with your clothing attire laid out will definitely shave off some extra time in the mornings.

Eliminate nightcaps before bed: Although a glass of wine or a delectable libation or two will allow your body to fall into a deep sleep cycle, it cheats your body out of REM sleep. In turn, the next day, your body will feel more fatigue than usual. For the record, REM sleep is extremely vital for the proper utilization of learning and memory functions. 

Photo Credit: Shutter Stock
Photo Credit: Shutter Stock

Sleep consistency is key: Ever wonder why your body gets hungry at certain times of the day? It is because our bodies thrive on a consistent routine. To ensure your body receives an adequate amount of rest, it is imperative that you create a nightly ritual. This includes going to bed and waking up at a specific time each day/night. Trust us, your body will thank you later.

Keep your alarm out of reach: Moving your alarm away from the bed is definitely one of the oldest and most effective tricks in the book. Easier access to an alarm is the icing on the cake to pushing snooze multiple times. However, by moving it away from within arms-reach, it forces you to wake up, get out of bed, and keep it movin’ ready to tackle the day ahead.

Also, going to bed sooner rather than later is a great way to help you rise-n-shine. As well as reducing your caffeine intake and not eating right before bedtime.