Is it even possible to rise and shine in the early hours of a frigid winter morning? If you’re not a morning person by nature, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to blink your eyes wide open, only to find that your room is just as dark as it was when you fell asleep the night before. I mean, I'm a morning person, and even I struggle to roll out of bed when it's cold and dark outside. Still, it's not impossible to learn how to be a morning person in the winter; it just takes a little grunt work, and a lot of patience. Also, coffee. You’re definitely going to want coffee.
I’ve always been one of those early to bed, early to rise type of people, but once Daylight Saving Time starts creeping up, forget it. I find myself feeling almost envious of the sun this time of year, which sounds silly, but hear me out: Isn’t it almost like that big fiery bulb in the sky is mocking you? Like, you’re up and at ‘em, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, preparing for another day, but the sun's golden rays are still sound asleep somewhere in the atmosphere. Rude.
And mind you, it’s not just night owls who are hitching a ride on the struggle bus November through March. Early birds feel it, too, and according to mental health counselor Danielle Forshee, LLC, the obvious lack of sunlight is what’s making you sour. “Naturally, our brains associate darkness with nighttime and sleeping, while our brains associate light with rising and being productive,” she tells Elite Daily in an email. So when you're used to rising with the sun, it's that much harder to wake up without those rays of sunshine peaking through your curtains.
So how can you possibly condition yourself to be a morning person in the wintertime, when all you see when you open your eyes is pitch black darkness? Here are a few expert tips to get you through the next couple of months.