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Can a night owl turn into an early bird to get the worm?

Written by Lisa Rennie

Why is it that some people could stay wide awake well into the wee hours of the morning — whether it’s to binge-watch movies on Netflix, exchange a fire of texts with a friend, or scroll through social media — while others are barely able to make it to 10pm before crashing hard?

It’s the circadian rhythm that is responsible for making you feel more awake or asleep at various points throughout the day. But if you’re a night owl, you likely may find it very difficult to get up early the next morning.

Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for you to get up in time to get ready for work, school, or any other one of life’s biggest obligations that you may have.

The question is, if you’re a night owl, is it possible to turn into an early bird to get the worm?

This all circles back to your body’s circadian rhythm. More specifically, you’ll need to alter your circadian rhythm to get up earlier, which you can do by following a few simple steps.

 

Work Your Way Up to Earlier Wake-Up Times

One of the biggest reasons why people stay up very late is simply because they are not tired enough to fall asleep at a decent hour. If you get up very late, you’ll have enough energy to stay up very late, too. To help offset this schedule, you’ll need to bite the bullet and start getting up earlier in the morning.

That said, you’ll want to take this slow. If you normally get up at 10am, for instance, suddenly waking up at 6am may seem like an impossible feat that will have you feeling exhausted all day.

Instead, ease yourself into an earlier wake time. For instance, consider getting up 15 minutes earlier every morning until you are able to comfortably get up at your desired time.

 

Shift Your Evening Regimen

You don’t necessarily have to sacrifice your time spent doing whatever it is that you do late at night. Instead, just shift your schedule so you can still get your movie-binging or phone call marathon in before bed.

If your current schedule doesn’t allow for these activities to take place an hour to two earlier than normal, consider shortening their duration.

 

Add CBD to Your Regimen

Consider adding some supplements to your regime that may help to both promote sleepiness at night or wakefulness during the day. Luckily, no narcotics are required.

Instead, cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to help promote rest and mental alertness, depending on the dose. More specifically, low doses of CBD are helpful to promote wakefulness, while higher doses may help induce a more relaxed state of mind. [1, 2]

 

Image source: Lukas Baumert from Pixabay

 

References:

  1. Babson, K.A., et al, “Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature“, Curr Psychiatry Rep, April 2017; 19(4).

 

  1. Murillo-Rodríguez, E., et al, “Potential Effects of Cannabidiol as a Wake-Promoting Agent“, Curr Neuropharmacol, May 2014; 12(3): 269–272.

 

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