How to Become a Morning Person
From Snooze-Button Addict to Morning Person
I have always wanted to be one of those women who jump out of bed and into a pair of running shoes at 7 a.m. What an amazing feeling: to stroll into work after a three-mile jog, a Spinning class, or a series of sun salutations. I wouldn't know.
"Um, really?" my husband asks on Monday night when I tell him I'm going to the gym the next morning at seven. Why the skepticism? He shoots me a knowing look.Tuesday
7:00 a.m. Alarm blares. Ugh, I should get up.
7:15 a.m. My gym clothes are right there! I laid them out on my chair last night!
7:30 a.m. I should at least get up and do a workout DVD.
7:45 a.m. Too late to work out; might as well cozy up and sleep some more.
8:00 a.m. Now I have to get up or else I'll be late.
Clearly my morning sluggishness is cramping my workout style. But can I change my night-owl ways? Because I've snoozed through the better part of three decades, I'm pretty sure I'm just inherently lazy. But I'm determined to try, so I call in the troops: the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. After I tell them about my mission to get more out of my mornings, they set me up with my very own sleep guru, Colette Haward, MD, a psychiatrist in New York City. At our first meeting, my future as an early riser looks bright. "There's a genetic component to your circadian clock. But for many people, behavioral changes make a big difference," Dr. Haward says. She tells me that it typically takes a few weeks to get on a better sleep schedule. I'm yawning already.
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