If the first meaningful interaction you have each morning is with your snooze button, you probably don’t consider yourself a morning person. But whether you’re a morning person has just as much to do with how you face the mornings as it does with your default genetic settings. Science has shown that 50 percent of us can make the switch from a night owl to morning lark with a few techniques. And if that thought still has you reaching for your snooze button, consider this: Morning people are happier, more productive and better at solving problems than those who rise later in the day.
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So what can you do to make the switch? For a start, it’s time to ditch that snooze button. Studies suggest that the broken sleep pattern that comes with repeatedly nodding off for “another five minutes” in the morning can disrupt your natural cycles for the rest of the day. It’s like you keep hitting restart on your computer before it has a chance to finish booting up.
The below infographic explores several science-backed techniques to get you out of bed, while also looking into the benefits of doing so. For example, try using some natural methods to get with the flow of your circadian rhythm. If the sun rises at a reasonable hour where you are, sleep with the curtains open to be naturally, gradually woken up. And be sure to get plenty of sunlight throughout the day to keep your body in tune with the environment. If the sun isn’t so well-tuned to your work schedule, think about getting a dawn simulator instead. It can help improve your alertness in those first dreadful moments of consciousness.
Read more tips below, see what works for you, and soon you’ll be rising with the birds.