Getting up in the morning can be a real drag. Waking up in the dark, still half asleep and in a bad mood can make the prospect of facing the day ahead a hard one. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this. With the following tips it is possible to start your day bright-eyed and ready to go.
The first thing to do is assess the reasons why you want to get up. By mentally motivating yourself, you have already won half the battle. Think about the time you lose when you lie in, or the specific reasons you can benefit for getting out of bed with a smile on your face.
One of the main reasons we can find it so hard to get up in the morning is because we are spending too long awake. Try cutting down on your evening plans, and go to bed an hour earlier than you normally would. It will give your body the time it actually needs to refresh itself, and make it much less likely that you will wake up groggy.
Manmade light is one of the main reasons so many struggle to get to sleep. Light regulates melatonin – which is involves in natural sleep functions. When you stare at a screen before bed, or stay up reading from a tablet, you are preventing the body from winding down – making it much harder to switch off. If you are going to use technology, dim the lights and lower the volume. This will help indicate to your body that it is time to relax.
Although you should find yourself waking up naturally down the line (more on this later), a good way to start out is by setting an alarm. This will help establish a routine, and indicate to your internal body clock that this is when you get up.
Although not popular with those who like total darkness, keeping your curtains open whilst asleep will make a huge difference. This is because when light hits your eyelids it sends a message to your body that it is nearly time to get up. AS the light gradually increases with dawn, it gets your body started up way before you are even conscious – making a significant difference when you do actually wake up.
Once awake, hop right out of bed, stretch, and then jog on the spot for a few minutes. This will get your heart going, and ensure a fresh supply of oxygen is being rapidly pumped around the body – helping it wake up.
When it comes to breakfast, a lot of people rely on coffee to get them going. But the old saying is true – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. After sleep your body’s metabolism and blood sugar levels are at their lowest. To get them going again you need to kick start them with a healthy breakfast. This is where a breakfast high in protein comes in; ideally you want a piece of colourful fruit and something wholegrain with addition natural yogurt, berries and protein rich seeds.
It may be hard a t first, but if you persevere, you will find it gets much easier. Your body clock will adjust to your new regime, and you will find you begin to wake up much more naturally and much more awake – just as nature intended. You will even find yourself getting up just before your alarm goes off! Just stay positive, you will soon be a morning person!