Waking up in the morning had always been difficult for me.
There’s nothing more enticing than that snooze button. Just a few more minutes of sleep, right? It can't hurt to go back to sleep for just five or ten more minutes...but then suddenly a few minutes turns into a half hour, and I swear something’s gotta be wrong with my clock that I have to check the time twice just to make sure it's actually thirty minutes after I should have gotten out of bed.
Then the panic sets in and I jump out of bed, mini heart attack in toe, as I rush to get out on the door on time. Quick rinse off, some dry shampoo here and there and as I get into the car on time, I settle in for the drive ahead of me hoping all I need is a good cup of coffee and some music to calm me down, but the truth is that I'm already in a mood because my day started off wrong. And even after all that, I’LL STILL BE TIRED! I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has had this issue before. We've all had those days - or maybe for some of us, this is an every day occurrence we just can't seem to get right no matter how much we tell ourselves tomorrow will be better.
Don't worry, I am here to help you work this one out - learn from my mistakes and accept all the tips I have that are sure to help better improve not just your day but your mood as well.
So how can you fix this?
Here are a few tips you can use to help you feel more awake in the morning:
Hitting the snooze button on your alarm to get those five extra minutes of sleep actually makes you feel more tired! This is because of your sleep cycle. By pressing snooze and going back to bed, you are beginning another sleep cycle all over again. By the time your alarm goes off again, your cycle will be disrupted, making you feel more tired and disoriented. This is why you’ll often want to keep hitting snooze after doing it the first time.
Who knew that those extra few minutes were just the thing ruining your day?
Instead of hitting snooze, set your alarm for the actual time you need to be out of bed. If you think you’ll be too tempted to avoid that snooze button, try placing your phone or clock far enough that you would need to get up to turn off your alarm. I place mine on top of my dresser, which is right next to my bed but tall enough that I would at least need to stand up to reach it, so it does the trick.
Choosing an alarm is tricky business; you want one that will wake you up in a peaceful manner, not one that will give you a mini heart attack each morning (iPhone alarms, I am looking at you) but instead make sure to find one that is a surefire way to start off your morning on the right step. A friend has even recommended to me downloading a favorite song of mine so every morning is a good morning.
When my grandma used to tell me this as a kid, I thought it was because she was afraid I would wet the bed if I didn’t. But she was actually on to something about this, whether she knew it or not... Just don't tell her I said that, she'll never let me live it down.
Interrupted sleep will make you feel more tired in the morning. Because our kidneys do not stop working while we sleep, this will make us feel the need to go to use the bathroom. By getting up to go use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you are interrupting your sleep cycle. Going to the bathroom before you go to bed will ensure that you won’t wake up in the middle of the night.
I also recommend not chugging your weight in water before you go to bed as well, otherwise not only will you get up once but many a few other times throughout the night and at that point, you're really just asking to be tired.
Popping into the bathroom before you go to sleep is an easy trick and fix that everyone can remember. We aren't asking you to go full Sheldon Cooper and create a strict bathroom schedule, but we do recommend maybe setting a reminder on your phone so don't forget or can make it apart of your nightly routine!
Now I know I just said going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is bad, but drinking water before bed can actually be helpful! Like I said, just be careful not to drink too much, a small water bottle or glass will do the trick depending on your size or daily water needs. Just make sure to avoid creating a full bladder, but a glass 30 minutes before bed has many benefits.
You can become dehydrated while you sleep, as your body continues to work you can sweat out water, which can make you feel tired in the morning. Drinking water before bed can give you enough hydration for the night that you will wake up feeling refreshed the next day. Water also acts as a natural detox that will flush out toxins, and it even helps with weight loss!
When you time out your daily hydration just right, you can avoid running to the bathroom in the middle of the night as long as you follow our thirty minute before bed rule. Staying hydrated throughout the day and right before you go to bed can also help you avoid waking up in the middle of the night to sneak into the kitchen to look for a glass of water.
Drinking a glass of water in the morning will start your day off right feeling awake and refreshed. Staying hydrated will give you the energy you need to get you going. This is also why drinking water throughout the day is important too! Water will fuel your brain, cleanse your body, improve your skin, and more!
Drinking in the morning not only is great for your body and mind, but it helps start off your day on the right foot. When you are hydrated properly, you can wake up on the right side of the bed and avoid some of those groggy mornings that slow you down.
Having that first glass in the morning helps you maintain not just proper hydration but also helps with avoiding things like being bloated or puffy as well as helping you digest your breakfast better.
This one is pretty simple. Stretching in the morning helps with circulation to get that blood flow to help you wake up! This is why many people enjoy doing yoga in the morning as well.
Now don’t go thinking you’ll need to wake up 30 minutes early to pull out a yoga mat. All it takes is a quick 5-10 minutes to touch your toes, stretch your arms, and do some lunges. There are even some stretches that you can do right in your bed that help wake you up the right away. From curling your knees to your chest or getting into child's pose, there are a few tricks out there that even the laziest of morning people can do to start off their morning on the right foot.
In today’s modern world, we often keep our phones close to us and enjoy scrolling through social media while we lay in bed. However, going on your phone right before you go to sleep is actually pretty bad for you—not just because it’s bad for your vision.
Electronic screens emit blue light, which is something you’ve probably heard before. But did you know that blue light can decrease your melatonin levels? Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the brain’s sleep-wake cycle. Decreased melatonin in the brain can lead to insomnia, irregular sleep schedules, and feeling tired throughout the day.
Putting your phone away half an hour before you go to sleep will help you get a better night of rest. Instead of going on your phone, try reading a book or writing in a journal.