I have always identified myself as a night owl. And while I like to pretend I’m proud of being able to watch every episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, I secretly wish I could start my day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like some of my early-bird friends.
My favorite tip from this infographic is to “save the bedroom for sleep!” I know that I often lay in bed with my computer to complete work, send emails, or browse different blogs. I’m even guilty of doing the same on my cell phone. Though, this graphic points out that if you leave your bedroom for sleep only, you will help condition your body to recognize your bed as a stimulus for bedtime. In turn, this will help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
More helpful tips that can help you jump-start your busy day:
- Exercising at 7am leads to a 25% dip in blood pressure throughout the day, making it easier for you to sleep.
- Caffeine causes trouble at night – cutting the caffeine 4-6 hours before bed can help in the morning.
- Napping longer than 25 minutes can actually make it more difficult to sleep at night.
And if all else fails – make it more difficult to snooze your alarm clock! The end of the graphic lists three alarm clock apps that will wake you up depending on your sleep cycle, let you choose your own waking playlist, or just won’t let you snooze until you have solved a math problem.
Check out the graphic below, and share your favorite productive morning rituals in the comments!
(For a larger view of the infographic click here.)
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on Webs’ Blog and Google+.