The best way to get up in the morning is probably up for debate. Some people think that you need to train yourself to dive out of bed the second your alarm clock goes off. Once you’ve done this enough days in a row, getting up will be a breeze. However, starting that habit in itself is going to be difficult if you’re not making sure of a few other things.
If you want to discover the best way to get up in the morning, read on…
Get Into A Great Bedtime Routine
The first thing you need to do is get into a great bedtime routine. Don’t just browse Facebook/watch TV until the early hours and then take yourself off to bed when you feel like it. Give yourself a time to start winding down, and have a set time you go to bed every single night. No exceptions, not even the weekend! This is how you get your body back into a good and natural rhythm. If you’re aiming for 8 hours sleep a night and you have to get up at 7am every day, then you need to be in bed before 11pm each night.
To wind down you can do lots of things. Take a bath, make yourself a nice cup of bedtime tea, and start dimming the lights. Instead of browsing on your phone or watching TV, read a book or do some knitting. These things will get you ready for sleep. Anything that involves you staring into a screen is going to stimulate you further and stop you from dropping off.
Be consistent with this routine for the best results.
Make Sure You’re Getting Quality Sleep
Making sure your sleep is quality and not just quantity is important too. You’re going to need the right bed and bed clothes to enhance your sleep. This will depend on the season, as well as how much support you feel you need from your mattress. If you have found yourself struggling to sleep lately, or waking up constantly, it could be something simple, like needing a new pillow.
There are apps, and even fitness trackers that can accurately track your sleep and tell you how often you wake up and how long you’re in certain stages of sleep.
If you’re doing everything you can to get a quality sleep but still waking up groggy, an underlying health factor could be at play. See the doctor to make sure nothing is wrong.
Use A Dawn Simulator
A dawn simulator is a great way to gently wake the body up by making it think the sun has risen. You don’t need to use the alarm that comes with your simulator – simply using the light could be a gentle enough way to wake you up, even on winter mornings. Many people also use this technique to combat SAD!
Put Your Alarm Across The Room
Many people use their mobile phones as an alarm, but you can do this with any alarm you use. Set your alarm and then put it across the room, so you have to physically get up and turn it off. Once you’re out of bed, it’s going to be so much easier to get your morning started. With your alarm clock next to your bed, it’s way too easy to press snooze.
Set your alarm tone to something you don’t mind hearing in the morning. Who wants to wake up to a loud, horrible noise? It will just put you in a bad mood! Select the right tone and then get up to turn it off. There are even apps you can download that make you take so many steps before the alarm will turn itself off. You’re bound to be awake by the time you’ve done this.
If you share a bed with your partner, you’re going to need to be considerate of them if you have different sleeping patterns. There are many alarm apps and fitness trackers that will gently vibrate to wake you up, rather than waking up the whole house!
Have An Exciting Morning Routine
Setting up an exciting morning routine is a must if you want to get up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead. If you usually have a stressful morning and have to rush around, of course you’re going to avoid getting up!
A great morning routine will even encourage you to get up earlier. Your morning routine could consist of your favourite hot beverage while you read a chapter of your book, a little exercise, meditation, or all three. Make it suited to you!