Very few people view themselves as morning people. A large amount of the population HATE getting up in the morning. Why is that?
Well most people tend to feel groggy in the morning and get the urge to go back to bed. It takes them FOREVER to get out of bed and when they do, they are dragging their feet because they are so tired. What if I told you there’s a way you can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and regenerated? Well there is!
1. Drink water
When we are asleep, we become extremely dehydrated and typically that’s what causes dry mouth in the morning. This is one of the main reasons why we wake up feeling groggy and exhausted when we first wake up. Try getting a drink of water as soon as you wake up to boost your energy and flush your system! In turn, you will feel refreshed and a little less tired.
2. Fresh air
The healthiest way to sleep is actually being cold rather than warm. If you sleep with the windows closed with the door closed, the room starts to build carbon dioxide which can be really bad for your body. If you leave a window open you can get better air flow and get a better night sleep.
The first thing you should do when you wake up is open the shades/curtains so you can let the sunshine in! When you let your body react to the light, you are able to allow your body to tell you it’s time to wake up. Naturally this will allow you to feel energized and ready for the day!
4. Don’t let coffee be the first thing you drink
Given, coffee is a stimulant that helps wake you up, but if you have it early in your day, your body can become immune to it and start to rely on it. If you do drink coffee, I suggest waiting about two hours after waking up so your body has time to wake itself up on it’s own. The best way to become a morning person is to not have to rely on something like a stimulant to wake you up. Naturally is the best way to go.
5. Avoid sugars before bed
Try not to eat or drink anything that has too much sugar in it before bed. When you have sugar, your body struggles to relax and when you wake up it makes you feel groggy and exhausted. Sometimes you can even wake up with a headache from the food or drinks you had before going to bed. If you avoid it at least an hour or two before going to bed, then your body will allow itself to relax and have the ability to fall asleep. If you’re thirsty, the est things to drink before bed is water.
6. Don’t hit that snooze
A lot of people think that setting multiple alarms will allow their bodies to get more rest and feel regenerated. This is not the truth. When you set multiple alarms, your body actually starts the wake-up process the second the first alarm goes off. When you allow yourself to fall back asleep for 5-10 minutes, your body actually starts to get more and more tired the more you press snooze. If you only set one alarm and you wake up right away, your body will feel energized and it will have the mind set of a new cycle.
7. Say NO to technology
When you’re on your phone before bed, you are keeping your mind engaged and it can trigger your brain into thinking that it needs to stay awake. You can find it difficult to fall asleep when your mind is engaged to technology. The light that screens give off can restraining the production of melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycle. When your melatonin is reduced you can find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. I suggest at least an hour before bed turning off the technology and allowing yourself to receive that mental break your body needs.
8. Sleep early
Most people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. When you aren’t receiving those hours, your body is less focused and groggy in the morning. If you allow yourself the time to go to sleep and wake up around those 7 to 9 hours, then you will wake up with more energy and this will allow your body to feel refreshed. Also, make sure not to get too much sleep, because over sleeping is just as bad as under sleeping. When you oversleep you can become groggy in the morning as well.
9. Set a Time
Try setting a time to go to bed at the same time every night. The closer you get to a routine, the more your body will get used to it and respond accordingly to your bedtime and wake up hours. On the weekends don’t try and sleep in and catch up on lost sleep because this will ruin your routine and make your body confused and you will feel drained starting the week again.
When you exercise you start to get your heart rate up and your oxygen starts to flow through your muscles. This in turn will give you more energy and pump you up for you day! Exercise doesn’t have to be this huge elaborate sweaty movement. You can do little exercises like stretching or a quick jog around the block. The best ways to wake up is to go outdoors and breath in the fresh oxygen!
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