If you struggle with waking up in the morning, you’re not alone. Feeling tired and stressed is becoming increasingly more common in this modern culture that encourages constant busyness. In fact, fatigue is one of the most common problems people report to their doctors. Not only that, but some people are simply not morning people. Either way, for many people, mornings are just…hard. And waking up is not easy.
In a previous article, we discussed a few ways to help you wake up even when you don’t feel like it. In this article, we discuss five more tips for waking up in the morning and feeling energized!
If you’re having trouble waking up in the morning and still feeling drowsy, you might just need to make yourself uncomfortable and shock your system. The most effective way to do this is to take a cold shower in the morning. There are many health benefits of taking cold showers, including boosting levels of adrenaline and increasing circulation. This will nearly instantly make you feel more awake and alert.
Most people sleep with their alarm clock (or phone) on the bedside table close to where they sleep. While being able to simply reach over and turn off the alarm is convenient when waking up in the morning, it also makes it tempting to hit the snooze button.
Hitting the snooze button on your alarm multiple times and dipping in and out of sleep can wreak havoc on your morning. It can even be a detriment to your overall health and sleep hygiene. Letting yourself fall back into sleep might get you into another REM cycle from which you’ll be pulled out again. This not only makes you feel extra groggy in the morning but can throw off your entire circadian rhythm for the day.
As enticing as that snooze button seems in the moment, that extra 5 minutes of snooze time actually makes it more difficult to feel awake and alert once you do get up. Instead, get into the habit of avoiding the snooze button entirely and getting up and out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.
If you have trouble disciplining yourself in this area, make it inconvenient for you to turn off your alarm. Place your alarm clock or phone within hearing distance but far away from your bed. Having to physically get up out of bed to turn off your alarm will discourage you from “snoozing” since getting up is half the battle.
Aromatherapy, via essential oils, works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system. This can trigger a significant emotional and even physical response in the body. You may be familiar with aromatherapy and essential oils, such as lavender, being used to help people relax and achieve calm. However, some essential oils have an invigorating and energizing effect, including:
If you’re having trouble waking up in the morning, consider getting an essential oil diffuser. Inhaling the scent from these stimulating oils in the morning might be just what you need to help take you from groggy and sleepy to energized and awake!
One of the proven benefits of drinking water is that it improves brain function, energy levels, and nutrient absorption. Your brain is composed of almost 75% water. When fully hydrated, your brain will be more focused, efficient, clear, and creative. Water also helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the brain and the rest of the body, aiding in proper absorption. This helps keep your energy levels up and prevents fatigue. This is why waking up in the morning and drinking a glass of water right away to rehydrate your body after sleeping will help kickstart your metabolism and energy levels for the day.
When all else fails, there is, of course, coffee! Enjoying a morning cup of coffee does actually benefit your alertness and focus. So if you’re feeling in a bit of a slump when waking up in the morning, a cup of joe might be just the boost you need!
This comes with a caveat, however. The more caffeine you drink and the later in the day you drink it, the more it negatively affects the quality of your sleep and the integrity of your sleep cycle. So don’t overdo it with the coffee. Try to stick to no more than one or two cups a day, and none after it gets later in the afternoon. You might also consider green tea which is a milder caffeine alternative to coffee complete with its own list of health benefits.
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