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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

5 tips: how to become a morning person

IANS  New York, June 24, 2014
First Published: 15:19 IST(24/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:29 IST(24/6/2014)

Waking up early not only allows more time for productivity and leisure, it also makes one's days less stressful. Go to sleep when you are tired, create the right night routine and environment so that it makes it easier to wake up on time every morning.

Huffingtonpost.com shares how to become a morning person.

Read: 10 things you can do in Delhi early morning

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1 Get more sleep: Just like we need to make time for working out, we need to schedule seven to nine hours of sleep into our day because it is one of the most essential parts of our health. What we get from a good night's rest, cannot be supplemented elsewhere.

2 Create the right night-time routine and environment: Be it print books or tea with chamomile or lavender, make sure to choose something that will be a calming experience and one you can repeat every night. Over time, your body will get used to this ritual and know when it is time to shut down and go to sleep. The environment you go to sleep in is also important. If it is clean and uncluttered, it will be easier for your mind to be as well. Again, your room should be a tranquil space used almost solely for relaxing and sleeping.

3 No screens in the bedroom: Make it a point to turn off the television at a certain time. Similarly, don't use your laptop or tablet in bed. Restrict your contact with screens at least an hour before bed.

Read: Is there such a thing as an afternoon person?

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4 Go to sleep when you are tired: When we have had an especially exhausting day, we tend to ignore our brains when they are telling us we are drained and tired hours before we normally are. Don't ignore what your body is telling you. Just like waiting too long to go to bed after taking a sleeping pill, powering through your tiredness instead of going right to bed can have adverse effects.

5 Always have something to look forward to: Schedule your week so that you have something to look forward to, even if that something is calling a friend to catch up, or trying out a new place for lunch.


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