Adjusting to the work life is definitely a taste into the #adulting reality that most of us are anxious about. It was just last term when I could wake up at 11:00 a.m. and head to campus 10 minutes before my 12 o’ clock class started. In college you created your own schedules and could head out the door with minimal effort into your look.
This is definitely not the case when you start working. You report to work early in the morning, which means if you want to get a full eight hours of sleep, you must go to bed early! For me, I needed to drastically adjust my sleep schedule and prepare for the next day ahead of time. I now had to account for the time it takes to look presentable, pack a lunch, and travel to work.
If you struggle with waking up early, here are a few tips that I do every night to maximize my sleep:
- Pack a lunch. If you plan on taking a home lunch, pack it the night before. Trust me, it will allow you to sleep-in a bit longer. All I do is go in the fridge to grab my food container rather than spending 10-15 minutes preparing something.
- Plan your outfit. I don’t know if many of you can relate, but it can take me a while to decide what to wear. Save your time in the morning and plan your outfit the night before. I usually check the weather to make sure I am ready for the forecast that day.
- Power down. This is a hard one, but according to WebMD, your electronic devices affect the time it takes for you to fall asleep as it interrupts the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin. I usually set my phone to “Do not disturb” mode 20 minutes before going to bed, so I can resist the temptation to respond to texts and other social media alerts.
Waking up early for work does not necessarily mean you have to be an early bird, you just have to be smart about maximizing your sleep!