We’ve all been there. You wake up on a cool morning to the sound of your alarm blaring away, and all you want to do is hit that snooze button, roll back over, and pull the sheets over your head. Waking up is no easy feat, and while we’re still learning how to be the “perfect” morning person, we thought we’d share some of our favorite tips to help you wake up feeling your best!
- The first tip may seem like common sense, but it’s definitely easier said than done! To wake up earlier and feel refreshed, you need to go to bed earlier. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs between seven to nine hours of sleep each night! If you want to start getting up at 5:00 am, that means you had better be hitting the sack by 10:00 pm at the latest!
- Wake up at the same time every day! We can hear your internal groaning, and, yes, you need to stick to that wake up time even on the weekends. Our bodies love cycles and routine, so waking up at the same time consistently makes it much easier in the long run. Who knows, if you stick to it you might not even need your alarm one day!
- Wake up to water. We love coffee just as much as the next guy or gal, and sometimes we question why it isn’t its own food group. However, starting your day with a glass of water is proven to help you wake up faster! (We promise we won’t tell if you follow that glass of water up with a mug of your favorite joe!)
- Get up and get moving! Once your blood starts flowing, everything else in your body will have an easier time waking up. If heading to the gym isn’t your thing, no worries, even some simple stretching or yoga at home can be helpful! The ideal way to get your blood moving is to work in some cardio. Jumping jacks are one of the best exercises around, and you can do them in your own house while still in your pj’s. Sounds like a win to us! Plus, any exercise you do throughout the day, in turn, will help you sleep more soundly at night.
- Have a pre-bedtime ritual. Remember what we said about bodies loving routine? Well, this also applies to everything you do leading up to hitting the hay! What calms you down and helps you relax? Whether it’s reading a book, meditating, or taking a long soak in the tub, pick one thing and do it consistently before bed to help you wind down. You will find yourself falling to sleep quicker and sleeping better.
- Use light to your advantage. Each and every one of us has something called our circadian rhythm which controls our sleep-wake cycle. The circadian rhythm runs on a roughly 24 hour cycle, and it can be affected by how much light and darkness is in your environment. What can we learn from this? Well, in order to sleep better and more soundly, we need to reduce the amount of light in our immediate surroundings when we go to bed, and increase light when we want to wake up. Roughly translated, it means put the dang phone away when you want to sleep! We’re joking, but only kind of. There have also been numerous studies on how the blue light from a mobile phone’s screen can negatively impact the brain when lit up in a dark environment.
Have you ever wondered why it’s so much easier to wake up in the summer? Again, it’s your circadian rhythm at work! The light seeps into your brain from your retinas and tells your body that you should be up and moving. You can take advantage of this by turning your light on as soon as you can when you wake up. You can even get alarm clocks that simulate sunlight! Pretty neat!
We know the road to becoming an early bird may be a long one, but we have total faith that you can pull it off! Are you already an early bird and have some tips to help others that we didn’t cover? Comment below to share how you became a morning person!