When I go to bed at night I set my alarm clock with all the best intentions to wake up early in the morning. Since I know I am not the ideal candidate of waking up early in the morning, though, I set three different alarms with 5-7 minutes from each other to guarantee my awakening. Does it work? Well, actually it does not.
Having difficulty in getting up in the morning can cause problems at work, college and everyday tasks. It can make your stress level rise incredibly and also put you down if you constantly feel low and sleepy in the mornings.
As long as you try to follow a healthy lifestyle and there are not any underlying health issues that might cause sleep troubles, waking up happy is something you can DO! In order to be able to feel alert when you get out of bed in the morning, though, you need to think about what you do the night before.
A. The night before
Unless you are well rested, your possibilities of waking up feeling fresh and energized diminish. Think ahead for a good night sleep!
Do not eat dinner before going to bed: Or, at least, try to eat as light as possible. Sleep is the time for the body to rest, heal and rejuvenate. It is not the time to digest. That does not mean you will have to go to bed hungry, just let a couple of hours in between your dinner and bedtime.
The same applies for alcohol. Drinking alcohol will not help you sleep better, even though if you drink a lot it can make you pass out. It will make you feel more tired when the alarm clock starts ringing.
Stop thinking and start sleeping: We often lie in bed thinking about all the stuff we have to do the next day and our stress levels suddenly start to rise.
To avoid getting stressed, we need to give ourselves time before bedtime to think through and organise the next day. If you have a problem with your partner, it is better solve it before going to bed. By the time your go to bed you will be calmer and happier.
Go to bed early: It is really important to keep a steady sleep timetable. Most individuals require on average 8 hours of sleep. Try to calculate from the time you have to wake up backwards the hours of sleep your body requires. Go to bed at that specific time every night and set up your alarm the same time every morning, even at weekends. This way your body will create a sleeping routine, it will stop getting confused about when it should wake up and will be able to get up easier in the morning.
B. While sleeping
Having a good quality sleep increases your chances of waking up more easily in the morning. It is as simple as that!
Keep any artificial light and noisy out: Sleeping experts constantly mention that we need to stay away from screens, like mobile phones, laptops, tv, at least an hour before bedtime. You won’t be checking your emails while you sleep nor will you text a friend either, so why do need your laptop and mobile phone constantly on while you sleep? In addition, any noise they make provide your brain with stimulants that might result in waking you up.
A breath of fresh air: If you can, leave a window slightly open so that fresh oxygen can float into the room. Fresh air makes you sleep better and wake up fresher. Of course, if you live in a busy neighbourhood leaving your window open means that you will constantly get noise interference. In this case and/or when it is freezing cold outside, you can leave the inside door of your room open to allow float of oxygen within the house.
C. In the morning
Actually getting out of bed in the morning comes down to one word, discipline. Gather up all your inside resources and up you go!
Do not hit snooze, do not go back to bed!: We often fall into the trap of the snooze button in the mornings. There is only one way to avoid that, getting up. Do not place the alarm clock somewhere where you cannot reach it. Just get out of bed the minute you hear it! Take 3-4 deep breaths and just do it.
Freshen up: The minute you get out of bed, you are still in “auto-pilot”. Make your way to the shower in steady steps, it is about time to test that new donkey-milk shower cream. By the time you finish, all the sleepiness will be washed away.
Give yourself motivation: It can be really difficult to wake up in the morning to go to a job you hate. Unless you have the option to change jobs, you can plan something you really enjoy to do before you go to work.
A breakfast with a friend in your favorite brasserie, a morning run with your neighbour. Anything that involves someone else will “force” you to wake up in order not to keep them waiting.
Leave your coffee for later in the day: The first thing to do when you wake up is reach for your coffee machine? Scientists think you should wait a while. Neuroscientists have worked out that the best time to get your hit of coffee is approximately 9:30 to 11:30am, to avoid risking “tolerance” to caffeine. This has to do with the levels of a hormone, called cortisol, that is responsible for feeling alert and awake. So, think again before you pour your cup of coffee. Good morning!
[pull_quote_center]When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. -Marcus Aurelius[/pull_quote_center]