Some days I'm up with the sun, but on other days I literally hit the snooze button 15 times before dragging myself out of my bed. That's why I am always looking for tips on how to become a morning person, and, rest assured, I have found several things that have made waking up and starting my day off on the right foot easier.
And it's not to say that being a night person isn't fun, but being a morning person does come with a lot of advantages. For instance, one study shows that people who wake up early are more proactive. The finding gives credence to Ben Franklin's timeless quote: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." However, waking up early is easier said than done.
First of all, the right alarm clock can do wonders, but there's more to being a 'morning person' than just waking up early; it also means that you are reasonably alert and productive. That's where a lot of these products come into play. From helping you get your caffeine fix to taking the stress out of making breakfast, these are the must-have products if you're ready to transition from night owl to morning lark.
1. Rise & Shine With The 'Sun'
Waking up is hard enough, but if you're getting up before the sun, it may feel impossible — and you're not just imagining that. Waking up in the dark is actually harder because your melatonin production (the chemical that regulates your sleep) stops when your body is exposed to sunlight. Enter: This light that simulates the sun. It's designed to wake you up gradually using light as opposed to jolting you out of your sleep cycle they way a regular alarm would.
If you're afraid you won't wake-up without a little nudge from an alarm, you can also choose from five natural wake-up sounds. It can also be used to help you fall asleep. The process here is reversed, the light will slowly dim, and you can set the sounds the way you would a white noise machine, lulling you into a deep sleep.
2. Wake Up & Smell The Coffee — Literally
What better way to start the day than rolling out of bed and immediately pouring yourself a cuppa joe? This programable coffee maker lets you do just that. Simply prep your coffee in the evening and set the timer to brew for the next day. This model is a steal at 35 bucks — which if you break down is pretty much the cost of a week's worth of hitting up your local coffee shop.
3. Brew Your Tea To Go
If coffee isn't your cup of tea, then meet this single cup tea brewing system. Make your morning run smoother when you brew your loose-leaf on the go. The ceramic cup is also double-walled to keep it pipping hot on your commute.
4. Prepare A Well Balanced Breakfast In Minutes
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But when you're not a morning person, cooking at 7 am is the last thing you probably want to do. Say, "hello" to this breakfast burrito maker. It makes a delicious meal in five minutes. All you do is add the tortilla to the bottom where it will heat up, and then pour your eggs and your veggies onto the cooking plate. Close it up, let it cook, and then slide out the cooking plate and, voila, a tasty, hot burrito.
5. Give Your Senses A Jolt Of Energy
If you shower in the morning, then this coffee and oatmeal soap bar (dubbed 'The Breakfast Bar') could be a game-changer. Not only is the oatmeal supposed to be great for your skin, but it's also infused with caffeine to give you a jolt of energy as you're using it. It's handmade and certified organic.
6. Make Sure You Actually Get Up
For deep sleepers who don't think a sunlight alarm is going to be enough to get them up and going then this just might be the king of all alarm clocks. This wheeled clock is designed to roll off your nightstand and zoom around the floor, forcing you to physically get out of bed and chase it down to shut it off. If you can't be trusted with a 'snooze' button, this option is for you.
7. An All-Natural Energy Boost
Just like the scent of lavender is relaxing, citrus can be energizing. To help yourself wake up in the morning try using some citrus-scented essential oils. This three pack has tangerine, lemon, and orange. You can put a small amount on your wrists or behind your ears, or you can use an aromatherapy diffuser to fill your whole room with the scent.
8. ...And An Aromatherapy Diffusor
The best way to squeeze a little of the aforementioned citrus-scented aromatherapy into your morning routine is with a diffuser. This popular diffuser is particularly helpful because it has a timer, so it's one less thing to have to worry about in the morning. All you need to do is add a few drops of your favorite scent and add water.
9. Make A Breakfast Smoothie To Go
One way to make your mornings easier is by minimizing stress and streamlining your routine. This NutriBullet blender aims to make incorporating fruits and veggies into your breakfast easy. Just toss in your preferred combo to make a nutrient-packed smoothie to go. This particular model has quite the following on Amazon with more than 7,000 reviews.
10. Sing In The Shower Like No One Is Listening
Who doesn't love singing in the shower? I know I do. Make waking up more fun by belting out your favorite jams with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can be hung on your shower wall by a suction cup or by a metal hook. One user raved, "We were absolutely blown away by the sound quality of this $20 speaker!"
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