WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Are you a morning person? If not, this article has some great tips for improving your mornings. Jason Selk, coauthor of “Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life.” says that instead of easing into the day, tackle the big jobs first, he says, “Getting to work on the most important tasks not only ups the chances that they actually get done, but it also leaves you with a burst of accomplishment to take with you the rest of the day,” WWR…empowering women 24-7.
Mornings are not for everyone. Even scientists have given us consolation by discovering that there are genetic differences between larks and owls (granted, the study was done on fruit flies, but we’ll take it). Knowing that our own bodies may be wired to prefer a certain time of day is certainly a relief, less pressure to be that chirpy, already-ran-seven-miles-by-dawn superstar, but the fact of the matter is, many of us still have to wake up and function during those first daylight hours. So what can we do?
To find out, we tapped a variety of experts, from sleep experts to nutritionists to life organizational pros, to share their tricks on how to hack the day from dawn until dusk to make mornings less stressful and more pleasant, so that even the most after-hours of night owls will look forward to sunrise.
1. Nix night wakings
Poor sleep quality can explain why we sometimes wake up from eight hours of snoozing and feel like we only clocked in at four.
“It’s normal to awaken five to seven times a night as we move through sleep cycles; we generally just fall right back to sleep after each cycle and don’t remember those brief awakenings,” explains Shelby Harris, director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at Montefiore Medical Center. “And as we get older, it’s normal to have one or two awakenings that we remember, but more than that leaves us feeling groggy in the morning because of the fragmented sleep.”