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.
If mornings aren’t your jam and you struggle with feeling awake, here are five tips for waking up in the morning and feeling energized!
Before you can start waking up in the morning like a champ, you need to sleep at night like a champ. If you’re not getting the rest you need and suffering from sleep deprivation, not even Starbucks has enough coffee to make you feel truly awake in the morning. To wake up better in the morning, make sure you are practicing healthy sleep hygiene habits, including:
Not only are proper sleeping habits essential to get quality sleep, but it is also crucial to make sure you have the right mattress for you. Maybe you have sleep apnea and need a mattress to help alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea. Or, maybe you would benefit from an adjustable bed or the support of a hybrid mattress. Alternatively, maybe you suffer from overheating at night and require a mattress system with cooling technology. Whatever the case, having the right mattress for your personal situation is key to both a restful night and a wakeful morning.
If you’re having trouble waking up in the morning, shed some light on the situation! Light signals to your endocrine system that it’s time to wake up. Your body then responds by releasing your wake-up hormones like serotonin. If you have to wake up before the sun, turning on the artificial light in your house will suffice. However, natural sunlight is best for helping to regulate your circadian rhythm (your sleep/wake cycle). Not only that but there are plenty of other health benefits of sunshine, including:
To maximize the benefits of morning sunshine as a way to help you wake up in the morning, don’t just throw open your curtains. Get outside in the direct morning light and go for a brisk morning walk. If you don’t have time for a walk, spend time outside on your porch while you drink coffee, eat breakfast, or write in your journal.
Another key to waking up in the morning and feeling energized is to get your blood flowing and get moving. Daily exercise at any time of the day is beneficial to your overall health and an integral habit for good sleep hygiene. However, doing a daily workout in the morning can maximize these health benefits.
Exercising first thing in the morning promotes wakefulness by getting your blood pumping. This boosts the available oxygen needed for cellular reactions to occur, thereby boosting energy. Exercising has also been shown to increase levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These are hormones linked to elevated energy levels. This doesn’t mean you need to make time for a full session at the gym every morning. You can get all of these energy-boosting benefits from a brisk morning walk.
However, if you don’t have time for a walk at the start of your day, you can also get your blood flowing by adopting a simple stretching routine. Stretching first thing in the morning is not only an excellent way to boost circulation, but it is also essential for relieving stiffness in your body from sleeping for several hours in one position. Other benefits of a daily stretch in the morning include:
If you’re crunched for time, stretching for even just five minutes in the morning will help wake you up and start your day right. However, if you have a little more time, stretching each morning for at least 10 to 15 minutes can be extra beneficial to your overall health.
Another way to make waking up in the morning easier is to make your bed right away. Making your bed each morning is proven to be an energizing way to start the day. Beginning your day with even this small sense of accomplishment and preparedness provides momentum to accomplish more tasks throughout the day. It also sends a clear message to yourself that it’s time to wake up, and discourages crawling back into bed for a little extra snooze time.
Speaking of snoozing, did you know that at least 57% of Americans hit the snooze button at least once every morning?
Technically referred to as “drockling,” 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. You will find that waking up in the morning will become much easier.
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