Four ways to help you start your morning the right way

Posted: 21st Nov 2017

Many of us can find it hard to get moving this time of year

Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, there are ways you can spend your morning that will determine how your day pans out.

So, what can you do to help you get out of bed and ready for the day ahead?

Blinds specialist Thomas Sanderson has determined what you need to start your day by analysing the world's high-fliers and how they start their days.

The common factor to a successful morning routine is, perhaps unsurprisingly, sleep.

Yet anecdotal evidence has suggested it's largely down to the quality over quantity.

Lisa Artis, spokesperson at The Sleep Council, said: "Getting a good night’s sleep is not only good for your health and well-being, but it helps you wake up in the morning. Practice good ‘sleep hygiene’, including keeping regular hours and make sure you’re sleeping on a supportive bed."

So what are the bedtime and morning secrets of these movers and shakers? And how does studying their habits help the average person acclimatize to the darker mornings?

It seems high achievers all have one thing in common - rising early.

Anne Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, gets up at 05:00am, each morning, to head to the tennis court before starting her day.

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has a pre-bed "sacrosanct ritual", which consists of leaving her electronic devices in a separate room, taking a hot bath, drinking chamomile tea and changing into sleep-friendly clothes. She doesn't need an alarm but will instead wake up naturally, before embarking on 30 minutes of morning meditation or yoga.

Most successful people typically get at least six hours sleep, as demonstrated by Richard Branson, who does this so he can exercise and spend time with his family, which also improves his frame of mind before business. Another is Barack Obama, who gets by on six hours, so he can fit in a morning workout.

So what can you learn from the experts to make the most of your own morning routine? There are a few tips to jump start your schedule, in the process maximising your energy and productivity the next day.

1 Buy a sunshine alarm clock - this will gradually brighten to simulate daylight and thus influence your own body clock.

2 Consider installing shutters for your home - they're a great way of blocking out light, noise and other disturbances that can otherwise affect your sleep.

3 Set the heating to come on at a certain time each morning, so it will be warm when you get out of bed.

4 Perfect a sleep routine that works for you - however, try and keep to the same time for nodding up, turn off your phone 30 minutes before going to bed, and keep your room dark, quiet and cool.