Are you a morning person? You know those people who jump out of bed at the crack of dawn ready to start their day? Well … I’m not awake at the crack of dawn but does 6.45 count? If you wake up feeling groggy and find it difficult to keep your eyes open, it could be your bad habits that are ruining your sleep and preventing you from being a morning person!
I’ve been struggling for a few months with feeling fatigue and drained of energy. I did some research and started to change a few small things in my routine which helped me get a better nights sleep. As a result, I was waking up feeling refreshed instead of groggy. There are a few factors that contribute to not being a morning person, bad habits that are hard to give up! The main issue that is preventing most people from waking up happy and refreshed is scrolling through an Instagram feed for hours before bed! Although this is the main one for me there are many other things you should consider …
1. Get more sleep
Well, hopefully you caught onto this no brainer solution! Getting enough sleep is so important for our health and productivity for the next day. On average we need 6-9 hours of sleep each night, if you need to be awake at a certain time why not count backwards to get an idea of your bed time.
2. Maintain a routine
Having a routine is so important. Although it’s not only about maintaining your routine on the weekdays you also need to stick to your bedtime as much as possible on the weekends. One late night could knock your body clock out of sink.
3. Create the right environment
Your brain needs to know a difference between your sleeping environment and where you do other daily activities. If you eat, drink and watch Netflix in your bed your brain can’t differentiate between all of these activities causing a bad nights sleep.
4. Turn off the technology
Exposure to the bright light of your iPhone screen isn’t good for your eyes, it doesn’t allow your brain to shut off. Stop scrolling through your Twitter feed and put your phone/laptop down an hour before shut eye. I’m particularly guilty of trolling through social media after my bedtime, it doesn’t do me any good the next day!
5. Keep yourself hydrated during the day
If you’re waking up with a headache you could be dehydrated. Drinking a big glass of water before bed can help prevent headaches and that groggy feeling. It’s recommended to drink 2/3 litres of water a day, I know if I don’t stay hydrated I feel tried, get headaches and my eyes ache. Avoid this by simply drinking water!
6. Avoid caffeine after 6pm
I wouldn’t recommend drinking caffeine in general but for those of you who love a cup of tea, coffee or fizzy pop, try to avoid drinking one after 6pm. This will allow your mind and body time to relax and prepare for a good nights sleep. If you continue to drink caffeine before bedtime your body won’t be able to shut down properly which can result in broken sleep.
7. Avoid artificial sugars after 6pm
We all know any products with artificial sugars are a big no no! Although we still indulge in chocolate and sweets to feed the cravings. Eating these types of foods after late afternoon can cause the same effects as mentioned in number 6. Artificial sugars spike blood sugar levels which won’t leave your body in a good position to turn off and sleep.
8. Stop snoozing your alarm
When your alarm goes off, get up! Don’t snooze it, otherwise you’ll experience the effects of broken sleep.