Morning Routine Ideas

Ideas to build YOUR best morning routine – win the morning, win the day!

Category: How to Wake Up

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How to Wake Up – Natural Light

For millions of years, our ancestors relied on nature’s alarm clock – the sun. We woke up with sunrise and started to wind down with sundown. We all have an internal Master Clock that is very sensitive to the cycle of light and dark. This Master Clock controls a lot of our bodies functions, much more than just when to get sleepy and go to bed. It controls your gut and digestion cycles, hormonal cycles and even affects the effectiveness of certain drugs – more about this.

So if your schedule allows for it, a great way to wake up (and synchronize your body with the natural sun cycle) is to open up your drapes when you go to bed and allow the sunlight to wake you up. Getting a good dose of sunlight first thing in the morning has all kinds of health benefits. Plus, it is much less stressful to wake up naturally to the sun rather than relying on a loud and obnoxious alarm. If you are worried that the sun would not wake you up and you would just sleep until noon, then you are probably not getting enough sleep.

If you have bright lights (street lights etc.) that might interfere with your sleep and prevent you from having the curtains open all night, there are some technology solutions you can consider. There are several systems that will open your curtains at a set time.

Of course for most of us, our schedule does not naturally align with sunrise – so next we will look at waking up using an artificial sunrise.

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How to Wake Up – Sonos Speakers

There is a good chance that many of you already have a Sonos speaker in your home. These amazing speakers are very popular and for good reason. Even the smallest units have great sound over the whole spectrum, they are super easy to set up, and can be easily controlled from any of a number of apps.

Wake Up to Your Favorite Music Using Your Sonos Speaker

So having a morning routine to wake up using your Sonos speaker is a no-brainer. You can use the app to set up your wake up time and set a list of songs to wake up to.

If you also like to go to sleep while listening to music, the Sonos can be set to do that as well.

There are even models that can connect and be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa units using voice commands.

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How to Wake Up – Sleep Cycle App

Before you can run through your perfect morning routine, you actually have to wake up. This may be the hardest part of getting the most out of your day. As I was looking through hundreds of blog posts, books, and podcasts about morning routines, the one app I saw mentioned the most was Sleep Cycle (https://www.sleepcycle.com/).

It is available for both iOS and Android.

How Does Sleep Cyle Work?

As you sleep, your body goes therougha series of natural rythms. Sometimes you are deep asleep, and other times you are almost wake. Sleep Cycle tracks your sleeping patters using the phone’s built in microphone – no longer do you have to put the phone in the bed with you (although this is an option).

You set a wake up time and the app figures out the best time to wake you so that you are not jolted out of a deep, deep sleep. It takes a few nights to learn your patters but it works great.

Also the app provides a graphical view of how your night’s sleep went. The first thing I do every morning is to take a look at this graph!

Sleep Cycle app display

Do You Snore?

If you are not sure, or just don’t beleiveyour partner, Sleep Cycle can help with this as well. The app tracks how often you snore and even records you snoring so you can hear what all the fus is about!

Lots of Features

On top of all that the app has a lot of other features:

  • A ton of built-in alarm sounds that gradually get louder
  • A way to connect to your music so you can awake to your favorite song
  • If you prefer to use light rather than sound t wake up the app can control a Philips Hue light
  • Intelligent snooze that lets you snooze during wake up and adjust the snooze interval to get shorter and shorter.
  • Or you can manually set the time of your snooze cycle.
  • You can even begin to see how your sleep is affected by the weather of phases of the moon.

Sleep Cycle is currently how I kick off my morning routine.

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