or many of us, waking up in the morning can feel like 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. Our SleepScore App and SleepScore Max both feature the smart alarm. This alarm is designed to wake you up at the best point in your sleep cycle for feeling refreshed. Simply set a window of time (up to 30 minutes) when you would like to be woken up 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 groggy or disoriented.
After you’ve gotten out of bed, try awakening your senses with a splash of energizing fragrance. Peppermint, lemon, or grapefruit scented hand soaps, body washes, or face washes are all great ways to get a little extra pep in your step in the AM. Everyone has different personal preferences when it comes to fragrances, so try a few different products to find out what works for you.
If you’re a coffee drinker, 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 boost you’re looking for – and it will be one fewer thing to do during a busy morning. If coffee isn’t your go to drink, some steeped tea can help you feel alert in the mornings and ready for the day. A good cup of joe or black tea can help give you an energy boost in the morning, but keep in mind not to overdo it as it may lead to a midday energy crash. We also recommend switching to decaffeinated drinks after 2:00 in the afternoon, to prevent caffeine from disturbing your sleep.
Once you wake up, it’s very helpful 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 your regular time every day. Open a window to let the morning light into your eyes. Step outside and take some deep breaths of fresh air. Going outside for an early walk is a great way to help you feel awake and ready to take on the day. The natural light, vitamin D, and increasing your heart rate can help you feel energized.
Take a few minutes for some quick exercises to help get the blood pumping and wake you up. It doesn’t need to be a long workout — a short walk while listening to your favorite music can help boost mood and energy. If cardio in the morning doesn’t fit your schedule, light stretching or even a few 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 going for a run.
After this process, you’ll hopefully be feeling more awake and revitalized than you normally do. It can help get you out of bed and ready for the day to have something to look forward to in the morning. Take some time in the mornings to do something for yourself and this boost in mood can help keep your energy up throughout the day. 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!