As college students, it’s easy to fall into the trap of procrastination. We tend to do homework and study late into the night and wake up at the last possible moment to get ready for class. But we’re groggy, sleep-deprived, and unprepared for class. There are actually a lot of benefits to becoming a morning person, and even more benefits to starting now while we’re still in school. For many, the thought of transitioning from a night owl to an early bird can be daunting – but here are some benefits and tips to consider:
1. Go to bed early. While fairly obvious and self-explanatory, it’s also very important. Close your laptop and put your phone down earlier than you normally would.
2. Once we graduate and get real jobs, we’ll be forced to become morning people. Despite some variances, the typical work schedule is usually 9-5. Management will be expecting you to be on time, alert, prepared, put-together, and, most importantly, ready to produce quality work. So you might as well get into the habit now while you have the chance.
3. Wake up at a set time everyday, consistently. This will get your circadian rhythm accustomed to waking up early.
4. You’ll have more time to get ready in the morning. Shower, do your hair, pick out a cute outfit. Dressing well will show your teachers you’re serious about learning. It also helps, of course, if you happen to run into your crush on campus. Not to mention, showering in the morning can help you wake up as well.
5. Give yourself motivation to get out of bed when the alarm goes off. It’s so tempting to hit snooze – just 5 more minutes, please – but it’s essential to get up and start your day off right. For motivation, try making plans with friends or promise yourself a yummy breakfast.
6. Studies have shown that the best time to exercise is in the morning before eating breakfast. It burns fat more effectively and definitely helps to wake you up. Exercising makes you feel good, so starting out your day with physical activity is something we should all look into.
7. Take care of your homework early. Do it between classes or when you get back to your room. Getting it out of the way early will not only allow you to go to sleep earlier, but it will also reduce your stress levels and help you stay relaxed and focused.
8. When you wake up, drink coffee. Having caffeine in the morning can ease your transition. It will trick your body into thinking it has more energy than it actually does to begin the day.
9. You’ll never have to worry about oversleeping or being late to class again. Gone will be the days of setting 10 alarms and showing up to class late – in pjs and bun no less.
By Caleigh Gran