In a list of unpleasant things, getting up is likely to be in that list right alongside Mondays and your daily commute. If you struggle to get up in the morning (even with an alarm), you are not alone but there’s still hope. If you have been following our bedtime series, by now you’ll be on your way to getting a better night’s sleep and waking looking fresh so read on to find out how to also feel alert and maybe even wake up with a smile on your face.
Have something in your day that you are excited for
Make the chore of getting up more appealing by having something that can act as a reward for getting up, whether it’s a stopping at your favourite coffee shop on your way into work or watching some of your favourite show as you get ready.
Try to make each stage of getting ready in the morning an enjoyable experience. Pop on a compilation of your favourite songs while you do your skincare routine and use the little moment of peace to energise you for the day. Don’t forget to pay attention to your eyes as looking in the mirror and seeing tired, puffy eyes is sure to make you want to dive back under your duvet.
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As tempting as the snooze button might be to your sleepy brain try to resist the temptation; staying in bed after you have initially woken up will throw your body off kilter and could leave you feeling worse. This is easier said than done so if you struggle with this then move your alarm to the other side of the room as this will force you to get up to turn if off, just make sure you don’t head back to bed!
Let the light in
Light sends signals to your body to stop releasing melatonin the sleep hormone and is a natural indicator to your body that it is time to be awake. Sunlight is also thought to increase serotonin which helps to boost mood, as well as helping you to focus which is just what is needed in the mornings!
Plan a nice breakfast
You’ll be used to hearing people discussing the importance of breakfast, not only does it give you much needed energy in the morning, it also stops you reaching for an unhealthy mid-morning snack and can serve as a reason to get up in the morning, especially if it is accompanied by your favourite magazine or newspaper.
Cut back on caffeine
A cheeky 4pm pick me up sounds great during your mid afternoon slump but when you’re wide awake at bedtime your active mind won’t thank you and your morning self will also feel the effects so limit caffeine to the mornings or lunchtime.
Rethink your alarm
There is an abundance of apps, such as pillow, that are designed to track the quality of your sleep as well as monitor your sleep cycle in order to select the best time for you to wake you up. It’s the perfect tool for those who love data and analytics. Alternatively, you could improve your waking up experience by using a song that you love as your alarm, however, we strongly suggest that you don’t use your favourite song as it will quickly slide down the list. It is also a good idea to change your alarm tone or song every few months so that you don’t get used to the sound and become accustomed to sleeping through it.
Consistency is key
As we all know things get easier the more we do them (exercising and public speaking we’re looking at you), so keeping a consistent bedtime and wake up schedule will help your body to develop a rhythm and get used to waking up at a certain time.
Give your morning shower routine a boost
While a cold shower is always beneficial, there are other ways to give your mood a boost without enduring such pain. Using a shower gel with citrus scents can boost the production of the happy hormone serotonin and can also reduce stress levels leaving you feel energised and calm, a winning morning combination!
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Unfortunately for all you night owls, becoming a morning person is unlikely to happen overnight but slowly adding morning motivators to your routine can overtime help coax you out of bed and make mornings less of a chore. While we can’t promise that you’ll be hopping out of bed with a smile at least you’ll be up!
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