We all know that waking up can be difficult and that actually getting out of bed even harder. To make things a little easier, we’ve collected five top tips to help you wake up and make the most of your morning!
1. Bright light
Bright light in the morning sends signals to your brain that it’s time to wake up. It suppresses melatonin, a hormone that increases in your body before and during sleep, to help your body become sleepy. Light helps reduce the levels of this hormone in your body, helping you become more alert. This can be a problem if you have to wake up before the sun starts shining if it’s the winter or you’re a fan of blackout blinds to help you sleep. For an easy solution try switching on all of your lights and opening your curtains as soon as you wake up.
2. Get moving
Exercising in the morning has a range of benefits, including making you feel more energised. It increases your circulation, improving your blood flow to your muscles and organs, as well as your brain. This causes it to function better almost immediately, allowing you to become more focused. Eventually, if you consistently work exercise into your routine at a regular time your body will begin to anticipate it, making waking up even easier. If you don’t feel like going to the gym in the morning don’t worry! Even simple movements such as stretching, tidying your house and doing last night’s dishes can help.
3. Mint tea
Drinking a healthy beverage should be one of the first things you do when you wake up. It rehydrates your body, improving your brain and body function and helps prevent you from falling back asleep. (It also has the benefit of kick-starting your metabolism for the day!) Drinking mint tea is even more effective as the scent is proven to stimulate your senses and helps banish that tired feeling by increasing your mental clarity.
4. Stop the snooze
Hitting the snooze button is tempting for all of us but it can do more harm than good. Rather than helping you wake up, drifting off again starts your sleep cycle all over again. This means that when your alarm goes off the second (or third) time, you could be at a different, deeper sleep stage, making waking up all the harder. To help resist that snooze temptation, try putting obstacles in the way of your alarm or moving it across the room. Alternatively, if you don’t want to give up snoozing entirely, set your alarm for intervals of 3-5 minutes to ensure you don’t have time to fall back into a deep sleep.
5. Motivate yourself
Having something to look forward to and knowing why you want to start your day can make getting out of bed far easier. Try preparing a delicious breakfast in advance to tempt your taste buds out of bed. Leave a treat like a breakfast muffin or oven-baked oatmeal on the counter, or time slow-cooked oats to be ready when your alarm goes off to give you a reason to get out of bed. If you find that you need more accountability, make breakfast plans with a friend!
We at The Natural Sleep Company hope we’ve shown you some ways to help improve your mornings and start your days with extra energy and focus! For more expert information on sleep and waking check out our Facebook & Twitter pages.