People differ in whether they’re an early bird or night owl, some people are more productive in the morning, and others feel that way at night. Research suggests that this can be determined by an individual’s circadian rhythm, otherwise known as their “body clock”. Our body clocks are generally influenced by genetics and the environment and behaviour of the individual.
Morning Person vs A Night Owl
Generally, a morning person is held in high regard. However, if you’re not an early bird, don’t let people portray you in a bad light. The evening hours is when you thrive. A lot of successful businesspeople preach about their early morning starts and their (barely) evening bedtime routines, which paints the picture of “you’re only successful and disciplined if you wake up before anybody else”, but that’s not true. As a night owl you would have always had to adhere to the early bird schedule, because that’s how society works, leaving you feeling suboptimal around your peers or colleagues. If you’re lucky enough to work by your circadian rhythm that’s great, but unfortunately it may not be possible.
A study found that people over 60 were more likely to prefer the early mornings, but you don’t have to wait until you’re 60 to feel this way.
There are various ways you can change, here’s how:
- Set a new bedtime goal
Gradually changing your bedtime routine, to either wake up or switch off earlier should be done in 20–30-minute increments. Make small changes until you reach your main goal, jumping straight to the new desired time can be a big adjustment for your body and one which probably won’t be taken very well.
A tip: Put your alarm clock, whether that be an old traditional clock or our handy iPhone, on the opposite side of the room, forcing you to get out of bed.
- Leave your curtains open
Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. It is released by the pineal gland (in the brain). Its main job is to regulate night and day cycles. Darkness causes the body to produce more, which signals the body to sleep. The light decreases melatonin production, signalling the body to prepare for being awake.
Leaving your blind/curtain (half) open, will prepare your body for the morning, in turn making you feel more awake, hopefully!
Research has shown that prolonged use of laptops or smartphones before bedtime can have a negative impact on melatonin secretion. Leaving you unable to sleep. Give yourself a chunk of time before bed where you aren’t intensely staring at a screen. Reading a book before bed is a great alternative.
- Get Moving
Exercise is a great way of waking yourself up in the morning – as well as winding down at the end of the day. Exercise releases happy hormones, otherwise known as endorphins. These are natural painkillers and mood elevators. Exercise is a wonderful way of shaking off the morning grogginess and raising the body temperature and heart rate for the day ahead.
Getting a good couple of miles in at the end of a stressful day is a great way of letting off some steam. As a result, you will feel more relaxed. Preparing your body to wind down and feel calm for bedtime.
Have you ever used essential oils as part of a morning routine?
The right essential oil for you can work wonderfully with your body’s chemistry. Trelonk’s Head Strong blends contain some beautifully awakening and encouraging plant extracts. For example, Bergamot, a delicate citrus plant which is known for its uplifting and purifying aspects. Eucalyptus, another powerfully refreshing, and health benefitting oil is great to diffuse of a morning to boost your mood and uplift your mind for the day ahead.
Containing 10 different plant extracted oils, Head Strong provides you with the balance you need. The added active terpenes within the blends is what differentiate the products. Head Strong #04, #05 and #06 contain different secret plant ingredients, which are researched and proven to help with the specific ailments.
- Head Strong #04 – To reduce feelings of stress and nervous tension.
- Head Strong #05 – To reduce feelings of being overwhelmed and improve concentration & focus
- Head Strong #06 – To increase feelings of confidence & positivity
Diffusing oils as part of a morning routine can help you to get ready for your day. You could also inhale them with a nasal inhaler on your commute or sat at your desk, with inhalation being the quickest and most effective way to feel the benefits. We have hundreds of different olfactory receptors in the nose that recognise terpenes in the environment. These receptors shoot messages through neurones (nerve cells) to the brain to trigger a response. The nose is therefore a super-efficient terpene delivery mechanism, and the effects of inhalation are apparent in less than a minute.
Incorporating exercise and essential oils together is the perfect duo. Practicing yoga and diffusing oils simultaneously is a great way to boost dopamine. Research is shown for some essential oils, to boost levels of dopamine; dopamine is released with the participation of exercise, both improving your mood and uplifting you.
Add this to your morning routine in the journey of becoming an early bird!