Getting up in the morning can be a difficult battle. You hear the sound of your alarm…you awake…it’s way too early in the morning and you have to be at work quite soon…you’re tired and grumpy…you DO NOT want to get out of bed! I would rather hit the snooze button and then pull the sheets over my head. I wish I could wake up with more energy. I have listed some great advices that you will wake up fresh and energetic in the morning:
Stay away from lit electronics – The more time you spend in front of the TV, your iPad, or your phone, the more your mind will be thinking, “Wait, is it still daytime?!” Half an hour before bed, disconnect. Your body needs to slip into nighttime mode, and these things prevent it. When you go to read before bed, don’t use a backlit product, your bedside lamp is fine.
Adjust the thermostat – The room should be slightly cool. Of course there are many variables, the bedding, the sleep clothes, etc. So whatever that means to you, turn down the thermostat to that. If you’re cold, bundle up in the blankets! Generally speaking, you’ll be able to sleep best somewhere between 18 – 22°C. It all depends on your specific sleeping circumstance.
Use your bed just for sleep – Working in bed messes with your brain, is it for work or relaxation? Climbing in may just make you run through your list of all the things you have to do. Make sure to keep everything elsewhere. Your bed should just be for sleeping. Make your bed comfy! Invest in some good pillows, a good comforter, and make sure it’s big enough for you to toss and turn as you need to.
Keep your bedroom dark – Even the slightest glow, like that from a digital alarm clock, can disrupt your shut-eye. If you can’t seal up all the light sources in your room, consider using a comfy eye-mask.
Increase wintertime indoor humidity – Use a water spray bottle to spray the air in your room with a fine mist. Be careful not to spray more that what can evaporate quickly, or else you may damage your carpets, furniture, bedding, etc.
Keep the window open for 15 min – In the morning and before you go to bed. One of the best things you can do for your health in general and your sleep in specific is to keep your window slightly open during the night you need to allow new oxygen to float in. This might also help you regulate the temperature of the room.
What is your bedtime routine? I would love to read your comments!