Is getting out of bed in the morning a struggle for you? Do you find yourself reaching for the snooze button time after time and later wondering how to wake up earlier? If so, you’re not alone. Difficulty waking up in the morning is extremely common but there are also many things you can do to try to make yourself more of a ‘morning person’.
Here, TEMPUR® answers the question ‘how to wake yourself up in the morning’; from tips on getting out of bed more quickly, to feeling more alert earlier, this TEMPUR® guide is the place to begin for people looking to improve their start to the day.
A typical morning for many is waking to a piercing alarm, hitting snooze to sleep longer and finally arising only for the need to be ready for work or to take children to school. Although it can be tempting, pressing snooze is likely to make you more tired for the day ahead and should be avoided.
The few minutes of sleep you obtain after snoozing are too light to provide any further rejuvenation but are still enough to cause ‘sleep fragmentation’ if repeated often. This is a confusion of your sleep pattern, meaning your body struggles to understand the appropriate times for you to feel tired.
Getting out of bed the first time your alarm goes off is therefore the best way to feel more alert. Try positioning your alarm as far from your bed as possible so that you must get out of bed to switch it off. It’s a simple yet effective trick.
The importance of a good bedtime routine is taught to many people from a young age, but the need for an invigorating morning routine is often overlooked. Making time in your morning for a few small, energising activities can make a large difference to energy levels throughout the day.
Try including some of these activities in your morning routine:
A great night’s sleep is also vital for waking up rejuvenated and the best way to ensure this is with a high-quality mattress. Your mattress should provide comfort, to ensure that you obtain a peaceful sleep, and support, so your body maintains a healthy position as you rest.
The final thing to consider is that your body’s sleep clock is designed to regulate itself using light from the sun. Sunlight signals to your brain to reduce the release of melatonin, the main hormone for regulating the human sleep cycle. This means you’re more likely to feel tired when it’s dark and awake when there is light.
Simply opening your curtains as soon as you wake up and allowing yourself a moment to take in the sunlight will tell your brain that it’s time to wake up. This will lessen your desire to crawl back under the duvet and should help maintain a healthy balance of melatonin for the rest of the day.
Whilst electric light may not be as effective, switching on your bedroom light if it’s still dark outside will help you wake up.
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