Most of us fall in to one of two categories when it comes to waking up. You're either a morning person, who at the crack of dawn throws back the covers jumps out of bed, and even eats breakfast, ready to go where ever the day takes them. And then there's the other kind of people, the ones who set Ten alarms and hit snooze every time, the ones that have to sit up in bed for five minuets before they talk themselves into finally dragging themselves out of the haven beneath the sheets. If you fall in to the latter of the two then here's some ways you can improve your sleep routine and be getting up in time for breakfast feeling refreshed.
Preparing the bedroom
- Remove all tech from your bedroom and put down the mobile phone or laptop the bright blue lights they emit will definitely keeping you up all hours instead of allowing you to start winding down and relaxing before bed.
- Make sure your bedding is the correct tog and weather appropriate if you're too hot or cold at night it can disrupt your sleep and broken sleep leads to much more groggy person in the morning.
- Have everything you need ready the night before have your clothes for work laid out and your dinner packed this will make your morning run much more smoothly.
- Make sure your mattress and bed is still performing at its best, if your bed doesn’t support you properly you wont get the proper healthy sleep you need to be fully rested.
- Don’t fill up on heavy snacks or meals late in the evening, try to stop eating by 8 if your body is to busy trying to digest a large amount of food it can effect your bodies ability to fall asleep.
- An obvious but important one, make sure you go to bed at a reasonable hour the average adult needs at least 7-8 hours sleep.
- Stay away from alcohol before bed though it might seem like it can help you relax it has actually been shown to disrupt your sleep, inevitably leaving you tiered the following morning.
- If you have a stressful job or have things on your mind, try making a list before bed clearing your mind of everything and allowing you to drift off easier.
- Whatever you do don’t hit snooze! You will be tempted but know that you will feel much better if you get up straight away and don’t fall asleep again. By falling back asleep when you next wake, you can disrupt your sleeping pattern leaving you feeling much worse in the long run.
- Expose yourself to some natural sunlight just go ahead and throw those curtains open and let the sun wake you up.
- Don’t skip breakfast have a good healthy breakfast that will give you energy throughout the day.
- Taking a quick shower in the morning is good way to wake yourself, up if your brave enough have a few moments in a cold shower then hot its sure to wake you up and improve your alertness.
- A five minute stretch in the morning is great for your body it helps increase your blood flow and relives any aches and pains leaving you in a better position to start you day.
If you follow these simple tasks in a routine like fashion everyday your body and mind will really start to feel the benefit. Not only will you have more time in the morning but you will find yourself feeling more alert and concentrated.
If you are still struggling to get up in the morning or even feeling fully rested it could be that your bed is failing you. If your mattress is not supporting you right or is giving in it can disrupt your sleep at night leaving you tired in the morning and never really feeling rested. If this is the case have a browse of our beds or call one of our bed gurus to help you find a new one. To be a great morning person it starts with your bed!