The struggle to wake up charged and ready to seize the day is an endless one. For some of us, it just seems to be against our nature to wake up, and not want to stay in bed under the warmth of our covers, snugly protected by the numerous tasks of the day. It's okay though, fret no more; we've dug up the best advice on improving your future morning routine. So read up, and relax knowing that a morning of favorable change is quick on the rise.
1. Put the Alarm Out of Reach
We’ve all fallen prey to the temptation that is smacking the snooze button when it rings and blares from our bedside table. We foolishly promise ourselves: Just 10 more minutes, then I’ll be up. There are a couple immediate negative side effects that run amok in such a process. First, you’ll probably fall back asleep, maybe sleep through the next alarm, and at worst get woken up again only to repeat the process. Second, that alarm was set for a reason, and if you’re delaying your morning routine by as little as five and as much as 20 minutes, you’re throwing the flow of your morning out of whack. Everything will feel more rushed because it is.
- So put that alarm clock (or smartphone with alarm app) on your desk or table across the room. As a result, you’ll be forced to get out of bed to turn the ringing annoyance off, and that point you might as well stay out of bed and get on with your day.
2. Ease Into Better Sleep Hygiene
As with many other matters, attempting to introduce severe change into your routine can often result in a burning out, or a fly-n-die scenario. All the momentum at the beginning gives way to exhausted motivational fuels, and a relapse to the old way of doing things.
- So, don’t try to go to bed at 8pm—on the dot—if you’re more of a night owl. Instead, shed 15 to 20 minutes off your usual midnight turn-in time. Subtract 15 to 20 more minutes every few nights, to go about introducing a gradual change.
3. Erect an Evening Routine
We’re creatures of habit. If you can, consciously enact a nightly schedule, maybe involving you and a mug of tea or a glass of red wine and a good book. A calming routine will let your body know what to expect when nighttime rolls around. There will be no fear of surprise, and that will pave the way for a naturally occurring state of relaxation. There’s no denying that falling asleep in a state of calm lends to a much easier process than the stressed out alternative.
4. Cut Back on Late-Night Booze and Caffeine
Coffee after five will interfere with falling asleep easily, especially when consumed in excess—late night visits to the bathroom become an inevitable disturbance. Then there’s the whole falling back asleep after walking down the hall to use the restroom; it can feel impossible. The same situation applies for alcohol.
- So give your body a fair chance at falling asleep, and moderate the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume as night falls.