Do you have trouble waking up?
Getting out of bed every morning is not something everyone is good at. Whether you had a late night out, you aren’t sleeping well, or you simply aren’t a morning person – waking up isn’t always easy.
“How your day starts can impact your mood for the rest of the day,” says Dr. Andrew Pahl, internal medicine physician at Aurora Health Center in Kaukauna, Wis. “If you’re feeling groggy after you wake up or late starts have you rushing for work, it’s time for a change.”
Dr. Pahl recommends the following:
Ever wake up in the middle of the night to run to the bathroom? A full bladder can be a strong motivator. Drink water before bed in order to wake up in the morning. Experiment with the time and amount you drink before bed, so you’re not woken up by your bladder in the middle of the night.
Open your blinds
If you open the blinds before bed, the sun acts as a natural reminder of the next day, telling your body to reset its biological clock, known as your circadian rhythm. By resetting you, the sun is telling you to wake up.
Exercising releases endorphins that energize you for the day ahead. If morning exercise doesn’t work for you, try sitting up in bed, throwing your hands up in the air and yelling, “YEAH!” This action can produce similar chemicals that help you feel awake and refreshed.
Distance your alarm clock
Are you prone to hitting snooze? Ward off the temptation by placing your alarm clock across the room. If your alarm is loud and annoying enough, you will have to get up eventually. Just try and avoid returning to bed after it’s off.
Start on a positive note… literally
Create a morning playlist filled with songs that get you pumped for the day ahead. Listen to it in the shower, while you get dressed, or on your drive to work. On top of that, consider making plans you look forward to in the morning — like sports, hobbies or dates with friends.
Make it a routine
We are creatures of habit. Once you start, don’t stop. Waking up early on a regular basis will help normalize your sleeping schedule and make it easier to wake up each morning.
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About the Author
Cali Nygren, health enews contributor, is a marketing intern for Aurora BayCare with a BA in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In her spare time, you may find Cali cracking jokes, watching Marvel movies, and spending time with her friends and family.