Not everyone is a morning person. In fact, some people really struggle waking up, even if they have had a sufficient amount of sleep.
If this sounds like you, then here are some tips that will help you wake up feeling refreshed and alert each morning:
Avoid stimulants before bed - Stimulants, such as alcohol, coffee, tea or even chocolate, will hinder your ability to relax and fall asleep. If you don’t get a good night's sleep, then you are going to find it harder to wake up feeling refreshed.
Fresh air - Having a well-ventilated room is important, not only for a good night's sleep but also to help you wake up feeling fresh and well rested. Try sleeping with a window open, even if that means using another blanket so you stay warm. Try not to be too warm at night though, as this will also make waking up in the morning a lot more challenging and will leave you feeling more groggy.
Let the sunlight wake you up - If you have windows that allow sunlight in, then open the curtains/blinds before bed at night so that the sunlight can help wake you up. Not only is it easier to wake up when it is light as opposed to being dark, but your body’s internal clock is sensitive to natural light, so this will assist you in waking up feeling alert and ready for the day.
Set yourself a curfew - Not everyone needs 8 hours sleep, some people work just fine on 6. The important thing is aiming to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Your body will respond well to routine and adjust over time so that you naturally feel sleepy at your bedtime, and you will find it easier to wake up feeling refreshed and alert.
Skip the snooze button - If you wake up feeling groggy on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to skip the snooze button. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off to help yourself wake up both physically and mentally.
Drink a glass of water - More often than not, we wake up a little dehydrated from not drinking any water for the 6-9 hours we were asleep. A symptom of dehydration is lethargy and an inability to concentrate. So hydrate yourself first thing by drinking a big glass of water when you wake up and feel yourself becoming naturally more energised.
Do a quick workout - Getting your heart and lungs pumping is an excellent way to energise your body and mind. So if you are the kind of person who wakes up feeling groggy, try doing 5 minutes of skipping, or burpees, or a quick jog around the block to wake you up, trust me it will work!
Cut down on the morning coffee - Okay, I know this sounds strange because coffee contains caffeine that wakes you up, however, if you drink too much of it too often, your body starts to become reliant on it as a way of waking up. If you postpone your morning coffee until after you have been awake for a couple of hours, your body will start to wake itself up more naturally.