There are two kinds of people in this world.
There are those who bound out of bed before the alarm goes off and start making the most of the day, while the other kind keeps their eyes clamped shut and snuggles further under the quilt, staying in bed until the last possible second before they are technically running 'late' for something.
Needless to say, the first type of people are those notorious 'morning' people we all love to hate (but secretly wish we were).
Experts attest the way we start our day has a significant impact on how the rest of it plays out, and the best way to become a morning person is by developing good habits.
Start retraining your body with these simple steps:
Step 1. Plan ahead
Think about what you're doing tomorrow before you go to bed. If you have a plan in place, there is more pressure to get up and get going with the day. The last thought we have before we fall asleep tends to be the first thing we think of in the morning, so try to go to sleep with some enthusiasm about what the next day will hold - even if it is just pouring yourself a cup of that french press...
Step 2. Leave your blinds open a little bit
By letting light enter your room, your body will start to wake up naturally as the sun rises. This is a nice, easy way to wake up in the morning and is not as abrupt as hearing the dreaded sound of an alarm clock.
Step 3. Move your alarm
If natural light doesn't wake you, then having to get out of bed to turn your alarm off will. Make sure your alarm clock is out of arms-reach so you're forced to leave the warm confines of your bed and take those first crucial steps towards a productive day.
Step 4. Brush your teeth
Experts tell us this is one of the first things you should do when waking up. It gives your body a chance to wake up slowly and calmly, and leaves you feeling fresh and alert.
Step 5. Get active
Morning exercise increases your endorphins and puts you in a great mood to face the rest of the day. Going for a run or hitting the gym will boost your energy levels and give you a sense of achievement before you even get to work.