Raise your hand if you’ve tried (and failed) about a million times to will yourself into being an early riser. If you have felt pressure, but your body is telling you otherwise, you are not alone. There are endless guides on how to become an early riser, but what about the night owls among us? Follow along for some tips on routines that actually work for you and your body’s natural internal clock – no forced alarms required!
Here Are Some Morning Routine Hacks for Night Owls:
- Be Consistent: Set the tone, do not throw away decent habits simply due to allowing yourself to stay up later, Studies have shown that consistency allows you to stick to healthy sleep habits, so pick a bedtime that works for you and stick with it!
- Convert your “Morning” Routine to an “Evening” Routine: Now that you know you are not (and likely never) will be a morning person means you can now alter your habits to create smart “hacks” that prepare you for the inevitable. The purpose of morning routines is to set yourself up for success during the day, but you can accomplish this throughout your evening instead! ■ Example; you can lay out your clothing for the next morning, and you can prepare meals the night before, these are only two simple steps that will help you stay on the right track for the next morning.
- Last but Definitely Not Least, Overcome the Guilt: The most important step to having the best morning routine is ditching the expectation of how it should be done! There are many successful people who identify as night owls. Don’t fall into pressure just because society hypes up the early rising schedule, it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone! If you are feeling guilt for waking up late, remember:
“Although morning types may achieve more academically, night owls tend to perform better on measures of memory, processing speed, and cognitive ability, even when they have to perform those tasks in the morning, Night-time people are also more open to new experiences and seek them out more.” – BBC
The best morning routine is one that works with and honors your body’s natural patterns. Use these tricks to make your mornings easier while staying in tune with your body’s needs!
Written by guest Brittney Dolina with contributions from BBC.com and edited by GUADS staff member Kate