How we wake up predicts how we are ultimately going to feel throughout the rest of the day.
Whilst there has been plenty of research carried out into the benefits of a good sleep, there has been little thought lately on just how hard it can be to wake up early in the morning.
With the clocks now set back one hour, our body clocks are probably all over place, whilst the dark, chilly mornings and creaking heaters don’t particularly make for an energised waking up routine.
Follow these tips here to see if you can work towards feeling more energised, awake and healthy each winter morning.
Get enough sleep.
It’s not tricky. The pain associated with getting up in the early hours of a winter morning can be lessened by making sure that you get adequate sleep- around seven to eight hours each night. The theory is that if you’re getting enough sleep, your body should simply wake up with no alarm, meaning you’ll find getting out of bed a little easier.
The main struggle with getting up early is the huge temperature change experienced by anyone stepping out of the warm cocoon of their bed. Setting your heater to come on ten minutes before you wake is a great idea, whilst sleeping in comfortable, adequate night clothes can help to ease you up and out of bed in the winter months.
Put the lights on.
Our bodies run off a routine called the circadian rhythms, naturally aligning us with daylight cycles. When the sun rises, our bodies release cortisol which therefore wakes us up. Sadly, early winter mornings aren’t exactly filled with blazing sunlight, but just getting a light on as soon as you wake up tends to get your body to slowly realise it’s daytime.
Place your alarm clock out of reach.