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Becoming A Morning Person

They say when you have a gift you should share it with the world: I am the ultimate morning person. I have been known to travel at 5AM with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. With the clocks going back and the mornings getting lighter I want to share a few of my tips to help you seize the day and be happy about it!

Turn your devices off before bed

I have a technology cut off time, at 10pm. Laying in bed on your phone or laptop is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to sleep. It's been a known fact for years but as research continues scientists have discovered just how dangerous the knock-on effects can be. 

Scientific American published a Q&A article where they discussed 'blue light' with Thomas Jefferson University neuroscientist George Brainard, who was among the first researchers to investigate how different wavelengths of light affect the release of melatonin, and Harvard University neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, who recently discovered that the effects of light-emitting devices on circadian systems extend beyond evening and into the following morning. 
The light from our devices is “short-wavelength-enriched,” meaning it has a higher concentration of blue light than natural light—and blue light affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin more than any other wavelength."

Be Realistic

Not everyone can just decide to be a morning person. I gradually set my alarm earlier, so that my body clock adjusted. And I found that being realistic, helped me to stick to my goals. And over time this became second nature. 

Another tip, try to avoid pressing snooze. When you're awake, you should be up, brushing your teeth and popping the kettle on. It's the first hurdle to master.

Fuel Your Body

I was not a breakfast person. It used to take me at least a few hours to be able to eat anything but like setting my alarm I gradually introduced small portions. I started with grab and go fruit and have now made my way to toast or porridge. It hasn't been the easiest change but I've found that it makes me more productive and helps me to focus for the rest of the day. 

I am not a gym person but I've found that going for a simple walk in the evening really helps to clear my mind before sleeping. I find it easier to wake up in the morning, I feel level headed and ready to tackle the day. Even taking an hour out of my Sunday to stroll around Manchester really helps me to see the week ahead in a positive way and this directly affects my mood in the mornings.

I downloaded an app called MapMyWalk and It's so helpful. The app tracks your location and gives you a profile of data on the speed of each mile and calories burnt. You can either plan your own route or have one planned for you. And If walking isn't your thing you can select a variety of activities to suit your own interests, everything from cycling to crunches.

I hope this will in some way help you to become more of a morning person. It takes time, but with a little effort, you will see all the difference. Take it slow, find out what works for you and enjoy it!

Are you a morning person? How do you settle down for a good night's sleep?

Gem. x


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