For most of us, waking up in the morning can be more of a chore than a pleasure. Whether we’re feeling groggy, sleep deprived, or just unmotivated to get out of bed, when that alarm clock chimes it can be met with an unsatisfied groan or a slap on the snooze button. But there’s a better way to greet the day ahead. We’ve got some tips to help you wake up more easily, so you can feel great every morning.
The first step to waking up with a spring in your step is to ditch your regular alarm for something smarter. SleepScore Max and the SleepScore app both feature the smart alarm. This alarm is designed to wake you up at the best point in your sleep cycle. Simply set a window of time you would like to be woken up during (up to 30 minutes) and leave the rest to us. In the morning, your alarm will go off during your designated window when you’re in light sleep, the stage where it’s easiest to wake from slumber. This will allow you to wake up feeling refreshed instead of tired and groggy, and ready to hop out of bed to start your day without hitting the snooze button.
Once you wake up, it’s important to expose yourself to some natural morning sunlight. This is essential for maintaining your internal clock, so it’s easier to wake up and go to bed at the right time every day. It will help keep your sleep schedule on track too, which should improve your sleep hygiene and help you maintain consistent, healthy rest.
After you’ve gotten out of bed, and have greeted the day with a dose of the morning sun, awaken your other senses with a splash of energizing scents. Peppermint, lemon, or grapefruit scented essential oils, hand soaps, body washes, or face washes are all great ways to get a little extra pep in your step in the AM.
While you’re waking up, make your coffee pot do the legwork for you by setting it to brew automatically in the morning. The aroma of coffee beans will entice you to step out of bed and get the caffeine jolt you’re looking for – and it’s one less thing to complete during a busy morning.
Taking a few minutes for light stretching or even a full set of yoga poses is a great way to achieve balance and wake your body up naturally. It can be as simple as stretching to touch your toes and doing a few lunges, or as intensive as a full yoga circuit.
After this process, you’ll hopefully be feeling more awake and revitalized than you normally do. It might sound like a lengthy process, but if you keep at it and establish a routine, your mind and body will thank you the entire day through.
Have a great morning!