Are you one of those people who can’t get out of bed without hitting snooze a million times? Do you drag yourself to the bathroom and then spend the next hour wishing you were still curled up? If so, it’s likely that you’re not a morning person. That’s fine. Not everybody is. But what if you were able to leap out of bed the first time your alarm went off, and start every day feeling refreshed and invigorated? If you’re not the most sprightly of people in the mornings, here are some tips and tricks that may help you rise and shine.
Improve your sleep quality
One of the main reasons people feel sluggish in the mornings is a lack of good quality sleep. Around 1 in 7 Canadians have trouble sleeping, and if you’re not getting enough rest, it stands to reason that you’re not going to feel your best when it’s time to get up. Your body needs downtime to recharge for the next day. Sometimes, we can’t avoid sleepless nights. There may be external factors, such as noise outside, which disturb us, or we may be sleep-deprived as a result of welcoming a new baby into the fold. But often, there are ways of tackling issues that stand in your way of a good night’s sleep.
Start with your bedroom environment. Is it quiet? Are you comfortable? Is it dark? If you can’t answer yes to all these questions, it’s time to make some changes. Invest in a new mattress, have a look at some stylish contemporary beds and put up some blackout blinds to turn your bedroom a relaxing sanctuary. Ask the neighbors politely if they would mind being a little quieter, and set a tranquil tone. Avoid strip lights and opt for candles and lamps instead. Keep gadgets and gizmos out of the bedroom, and take an hour to chill out before you climb into bed.
Next, tackle your routine. If you’re going to bed too late, this will mean that you’re not getting enough sleep. Start going to sleep earlier, and your body will soon adjust.
Adopt a positive mindset
This is easier said than done on some days. If you’ve got a meeting or a presentation looming, for example, it can be tough to start the day smiling. However, if you can muster up a little energy and enthusiasm, and look at every day as a blessing, you should feel better. Starting the day with optimism will set you up for whatever awaits.
Let the light in
How much better do you feel when the sun is shining, and the sky is blue? As soon as you wake up, open those curtains, and let the natural light in. This will energize you, and make you feel more alert and awake in an instant. If you struggle to get up in the winter months when it’s dark and miserable outside, you could consider buying a lamp to flood the room with light when it’s time to get up.
If you struggle to get going in the mornings, take these tips on board. Hopefully, you’ll be raring to go in no time!