If you’re the type to hit the snooze button repeatedly, does it mean there’s nothing that can ever make you a morning person? Actually, becoming eager to jump out of bed has less to do with heredity than it has to do with your environment. The Sleep Foundation tells us that our circadian rhythms manage when and how much we sleep can often be disrupted by inconsistent patterns in daylight lighting, like when you move from one timezone to another and end up getting jet lag. The key to getting up bright an early joyfully, is to be consistent with sleep at night and to make your mornings brighter and more enjoyable. Check out these three ways to jump start your engine in the morning via your decor choices.
Decorate With Artificial Light Carefully
Be careful with artificial lighting at night; It can disrupt your circadian rhythm, especially if you use the wrong night light. The more a light bulb stays in the blue spectrum (446 to 477 nanometers), the more likelihood you’ll be awake at night, according to a 2011 Physiological study. Use softer night lights, not fluorescents, and/or LED lighting in the right spectrum and color tone appropriate to the time of day. Use two different lighting lamp options, one at night for better sleep and one in the morning, in the blue spectrum, to make you bright and alert, thus more likely to get out of bed early.
Opt for a Natural, Bright, Environment
What better way to remind you it’s time to get up than the light from the sunrise peeking in through the curtains? Natural light is an awesome cue for the body to get moving and you can even amp up that exposure with skylights and blinds that are timed to rise at about the same time the sun comes up too. Paint the walls with bright colors to bounce that light around more in your room and make it wake you up in the morning.
Decorate with wood hardware or furniture as a modern steel and glass look is going to make you feel like you’re more in an office, making it hard to unwind at night. Wood furniture is also warmer to the touch on those cold mornings when you’d rather not be up early. Avoid materials that may make you uncomfortable or allergic and cause irritations that can make your environment harsh and unwelcoming.
Stage Morning Activity Areas in Your Room
Your decor should also be functional for the types of activities you prefer to do in the morning. That might mean including a coffee nook, with a timed coffee pot ready to perk in the morning. This will bring the scent of that luscious brown liquid to your nostrils as an added incentive to get out of bed. However, other types of pre-planned activities that you like can serve the same purpose.
A little meditation in the morning, as a pre-planned activity can help to make you a morning person. However, exercise is also a favorite for many people. Make sure you have a separate area for your exercise routine or meditation like a yoga mat and music set up so you can catch the view out the window too. If you want to get your night’s dreams on paper, have a writing desk with some writing journals and pens nearby so you can sit awhile with your cup of coffee and get your thoughts out on paper to start the day.
Decorate With Your Purpose in Mind
If your goal is to become a morning person, embrace a natural, bright, environment, with some previously planned activities. At night, make sure you get enough rest by avoiding artificial lighting that disrupts circadian rhythms. Stage your room with the goal to make it easy and comfortable to wake up, so that when you open your eyes, fully rested, you can’t wait to get started on the day.