Not everyone jumps out of bed with joy in the morning, and if you’re someone who would much rather hide under the duvet with your finger on the snooze button, we’ve got some tips to get you raring to go…
Limit Your Caffeine
Drinking coffee or tea before bed is clearly a big no-no. But what most people don’t realise is that drinking too much coffee at certain times during the day can also disrupt your sleep. It can take eight hours for caffeine to leave your system, so it’s best to avoid it after midday if you’re having trouble sleeping.
Move Your Alarm Clock
If you’re hitting the snooze button on repeat every morning, try putting your alarm clock or smartphone out of arm’s reach, that way you’ll be forced to get out of bed and you’ll wake up much quicker.
Wake Someone Else Up
Try taking on the responsibility of waking someone else up every morning, acting as their human alarm clock. Having someone else to wake up will give you more of an incentive to get out of bed, as you know it won’t just be you that’s going to be late.
Drink Water Before Bed
A lot of us wake up during the night because we’re dehydrated. If you glug a full glass of water before you drift off, fingers crossed you’ll sleep right through. What’s more, come morning your bladder will be full so your body will wake up naturally telling you to go to the loo.
Set Bedtime Alarms
Night owls will know all too well – if you go to bed late, chances are you’ll feel too tired to wake up in the morning. Set an alarm to remind you to start to wind down, pick a time that will allow you to get the full seven or eight hours you need to wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Start A Night-Time Ritual
To help you drift off quicker, create a relaxing – and regular – bedtime routine. Whether it’s reading a book, having a bath, meditating or listening to some soothing music, start introducing things into your evening that will help you switch off and remind your body that it’s time for bed soon.
Put Your Phone On Sleep Mode
Not only will buzzing text messages disrupt your sleep, the blue light on your smartphone can disrupt your natural body clock making it increasingly difficult to drift off naturally. Phones, laptops and tablets all stimulate the brain, so it’s best to either keep your device away from you, or set it onto sleep mode, so it doesn’t disturb you when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Keep Your Curtains Open
Waking up to natural sunlight is the best way to start the day. Your body’s internal clock is sensitive to light, so waking up with the sunlight on your face will tell your brain that it’s time to get up. Keep your curtains slightly ajar, that way you’ll get a few sunny rays on your face first thing.
Book A Morning Fitness Class
Exercise might not be the first thing on your mind when your alarm goes off, but signing up to a class is a great incentive to get up early in the morning, particularly if you’ve paid for it. It will give you the kick-start you need to scrape yourself out of bed. We guarantee that once you get there, you’ll feel energised and awake.
Prepare A Decent Breakfast
If there’s one thing that will get you out of bed in the morning, it’s a wholesome, hearty breakfast. Stock up on all your favourite breakfast ingredients – think smoothies, eggs, sourdough and oats – to rustle up something delicious you know will give you a boost of energy in the morning, and keep the hunger pangs off until lunch.
Have Something To Look Forward To
If the only thing you have to look forward to is jumping in the shower and making your way into work in the morning, it’s unlikely you’ll have the motivation to skip out of bed first thing. Plan a few little treats to boost your morning morale: schedule an early breakfast with the girls, go for a walk first thing, book in for an early morning massage, read a few chapters of your favourite book, do a workout in your living room, or dedicate half an hour to browsing the new Zara collection online – whatever it is that makes you happy, adding it into your morning routine could give you an extra incentive to rise and shine early.
Customise Your Alarm Clock
Whether it’s making a playlist of your favourite tracks, or tuning into your favourite radio station, starting the morning with music is a great way to wake up feeling refreshed. Invest in an alarm clock or phone that you can set to your favourite tunes, or one with a wake-up light that tunes into your body clock, and helps you to wake up naturally.