June 21, 2017 Living Well 5 Things to Do at Night for an Infinitely Easier Morning I’ve always been somewhat of a morning person (so annoying, I know), but it’s not because I dislike sleeping…I actually love it. What I’ve found is that it’s because I’m serious about prepping for each day the night before. I hate crazy mornings and starting the day that way, so over the years I guess I’ve made it my duty to have relaxed mornings. Because waking up is hard enough! Here are 5 things I do at night to make it a much better morning: Ditch Sugar & Caffeine Simply put, sugar, caffeine, and sleep don’t mix. Since sugar and caffeine are stimulants, they make it much harder to fall asleep, let alone stay asleep. To help prevent a restless night of tossing and turning, I try cutting out sugar and caffeine after lunchtime. If anything, I’ll have green tea after lunch, but definitely no coffee. Mornings are sooo much easier when you’re not hitting snooze five times and feeling groggy after a horrible night’s sleep. Lay Out your Clothes This is something I never used to do—or at least not since elementary school, and now that I do it, I can’t stress enough how much easier it makes my mornings. I used to stare at my closet and probably waste 10-20 minutes trying to pull something together. Now, I find doing it in the evening, usually as I’m watching TV, is actually pretty relaxing. I check the weather, then lay a couple things out. I’ll happily take an extra 10 minutes of sleep, thank you! Go Through a Check List Instead of rushing around like mad in the a.m., assess your day the night before. Whether that means packing up a gym bag, gathering laundry for the dry cleaners and physically putting it in your car, or putting on an alarm to remember to call someone, prep the night before. This helps me fall asleep a lot faster, too, because I’m not going over everything I need to do when I wake up. Prep your Breakfast There are so many easy, yummy recipes that you can make ahead of time. My current favorites are overnight oats or a smoothie. Both are great to make the night before and keep well in the fridge. The one thing I do make morning of is my coffee, but I have one of those coffee machines that has a pre-set timer, so it starts making it before I’m even up. I just fill it with water and ground beans the night before, and it does all the work in the A.M. without me even having to think about it. Huge time saver! Shower at Night Unless you’re a super sweaty or hot sleeper, there’s not really much of a difference between you showering at night vs. in the morning. You’ll still be clean—I promise! I usually let my hair air dry at night, which saves me time in the morning. Then, in the a.m., I just need to wash my face, brush my teeth, put my hair up, and apply makeup. If you shower in the morning, chances are you won’t have enough time for your hair to air-dry, forcing you to spend an extra 15+ minutes blow drying it. Plus, think about how much healthier your hair will be if you cut down on the heating tools! If anything, I spritz on some dry shampoo and I’m good to go. Do you do anything at night that make your mornings easier? If so, I’d love to hear from you! BTW, do you make your bed in the morning, and my secret to a positive start each morning. Today’s post is written by contributor Chelsea Becker, a San Diego native, living and writing in San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram & Pinterest.