“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin

The early bird gets the worm, as the saying goes, but early risers also tend to report feeling happier, healthier and more productive than their night owl counter parts. Getting up with the sun allows you to get in some morning exercise, enjoy a relaxing breakfast, avoid a rushed commute, and generally get more done in the day.

Night owls may find it tough to get out of bed in the morning, especially if you’re not used to doing it every day. But it’s time to rise and shine, sleepyhead! The following guide will help get you get up early and ready to face the day.

Go to bed earlier
Yes, it sounds obvious, but getting a full night’s sleep will make getting out of bed early a heck of a lot easier. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to function their best each day and for optimal health and disease prevention.

Keep technology out of the bedroom
Say no to TVs, laptops and tablets in the bedroom. Not only do they serve as a distraction to going to sleep early, but the light from electronic screens can disrupt natural circadian rhythms and sleep patterns.

Keep a bedtime routine
Try reading a printed book or magazine, sip a cup of herbal tea, or journal about your day before shutting your eyes. Establishing a nighttime schedule will signal to your body that it’s time to relax, power down for the day and go to sleep.

Do not use that snooze button
Not only does it rob you of the additional restful sleep but hitting the snooze button can actually disturb you REM cycle. Try leaving your alarm clock across the room so that you have to get up to turn it off.

Get up and move
Stretch, make your bed, splash water on your face or grab a cup of coffee. Just start moving and get that adrenaline going!

Lighten up
As soon as you get up, turn on a bright light or go outside in the morning sun. This can help to reset your circadian rhythm and cause you to feel more alert. Take your morning tea or coffee outdoors and enjoy the fresh morning air.

Be consistent
Get up at the same time every day. Even on the weekends. Soon your internal clock will be the one doing the waking and you’ll be a full-fledged morning person getting up with the sun to greet each day.

Just remember it will be uncomfortable at first. Stick to it and you’ll enjoy all of the benefits of going from night owl to morning person in no time.

Do you early birds have any tips for becoming a morning person to share with our night owl friends? Post your comments below!