Daylight Savings Time has officially begun! If you’re not a morning person, this could mean an additional unnecessary struggle to get out of bed. An hour difference can make a huge impact for some people, so we’ve compiled a list of things that you can do to help make the transition to the new time change a little easier.
One of the reasons why waking up can be so difficult is because you didn’t get a good sleep the night before. There are a lot of different things you can do to help get a good night’s rest. Start by limiting the amount of screen time you have before bed. This means television, reading or working on a laptop, playing video games, or reading on a tablet. Instead, opt for activities to help you wind down, like reading a book or magazine, relaxing yoga or some meditation in dim lighting.
The best part about weekends is being able to wake up on your own terms with the light of the sun. This is the best way to wake up! If you can, mimic the sunlight as best as you can with your alarm. Plug in soft lights, like twinkle lights or a dimmed side table into a timed outlet, or invest in a light-based alarm clock. This will help mimic the feelings of sunlight and wake you up gradually.
If waking up with light isn’t your speed, a small step you can take to have a better morning is to avoid the snooze button. Those extra 5 minutes can disrupt your sleep cycle, making you more groggy than if you woke up the first time. Instead, try waking up on the first ring. Once your alarm goes off, sit upright and turn it off. Stay sitting into you’re a little more awake and then swing your legs out of bed. The change of position is enough to get the blood flowing a little bit to help wake you up faster than if you hit the snooze button.
Once you’re up and out of bed, get the blood flowing! This will help bring more oxygen to your brain, helping you stay more alert. Do about 10 minutes of light cardio – whether that’s walking the dog, doing a couple of jumping jacks and warming up with some sun salutations. After this, you should be feeling energized and ready to take anything the day can throw at you.
When you’re sleeping, your body goes six to eight hours without eating or drinking. Drinking cold water in the morning is an easy way to replenish the fluids that your body loses when you’re resting. It helps refresh your body and kickstart your metabolism, making it so you don’t have to eat as much breakfast to feel full. If you’re the kind of person who tends to get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water, try keeping a HYDAWAY bottle by your bedside instead. That way if you do ever get thirsty, you don’t disrupt your sleep cycle by waking up your entire body just to get a little hydration.
After you’re fully awake, set some small goals for yourself to complete throughout the day. The act of physically writing these goals down can help them feel more concrete and achievable. Plus, there’s always that little sense of accomplishment when you cross off things on your to do list. In addition to writing your goals, write down one thing that you’re excited about for that day to help give you that motivational boost to get you through your tasks.
What are some of the tricks you have to help you get out of bed? We’d love to hear it! Share with us by commenting below or on our Facebook page. Have a great morning, from all of us at HYDAWAY!
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