We all know how difficult it could be getting up in the morning sometimes – how to wake yourself up when you’re so exhausted?
If you’ve had a long week, or been unable to catch some quality shut-eye for a while, it could be downright frustrating. Or maybe you’re the “sleepyhead” who just can’t seem to get enough sleep no matter how many hours you’ve been snoozing.
In any case, the most difficult thing could be moving an inch away from your bed in the morning. We’ve all experienced this at some point and we know how you feel!
But we also know you’ve got to do some rise and shine – just because it’s a new week and you’ve got some adulting to do.
Maybe it doesn’t have to. Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips on how to wake yourself up faster and start your day on a bright note!
Tip #1 – Bask in the Sunlight
With most of us being sleep deprived (anything less than 7 hours of might time shut-eye is Sleep deprivation, by the way) in the 21st century, it’s hard to not reach for some Coffee to help you stay awake.
Before you start your workday, the first thing you’ll want to do to wake yourself up properly is to let all that morning glory in!
Science tells us that the sun is primarily responsible for regulating our sleep/wake cycles (also called Circadian rhythms).
When the sun rises in the morning, the light sends signals to the brain telling it that it’s time to wake up.
Your body produces less of the hormone Melatonin (the sleep hormone) when the day is bright and more at night, which causes you to feel drowsy then.
Did you know? Brief exposure to early morning sunlight produces more Vitamin K in the body which can help prevent certain cancers and lower your risk of getting Type 1 Diabetes.
How to: Allow up to 30 seconds of quality sunlight to hit your face. That should be enough to wake you up fully.
If you use curtains or blinds, pull them open to allow sunlight into your workspace.
At the office: Consider utilizing more natural light by switching off a few light bulbs if you don’t share your space with someone else.
Tip #2 – Chat with a Stranger
This is a great idea for people that commute using public transport.
Talking with someone keeps your mind active and helps to keep boredom from the commute in check.
You might be thinking to yourself:
Sounds good, but what do I even talk about?
You could talk about anything at all – from complimenting that lady on how great her hair looks, your love for books, or even something you watched recently in the news etc.
Anything to keep your mind stimulated is fine, really.
How to: Find a person that’s willing to talk, someone who’s genuinely interested in what you have to say.
In no time, you’ll be at the office with your eyes wide open, ready to take on the day’s challenges!
Try to keep the conversation a dialogue. Don’t just listen to the person talk, or you might start nodding in a couple of minutes.
Tip #3 – Chew Gum
Chewing can help to overcome daytime sleepiness according to a study published in the U.S National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Chewing gum keeps your mouth busy, providing enough stimulation to your brain to keep you awake.
Despite helping you wake yourself up, minty flavored ones are particularly good because they contain menthol which could give you a fresher breath in the mornings.
So the next time you find yourself snoozing when you get to work, pop open a pack!
Tip #4 – Avoid Alcohol before Bedtime
Okay, this one is a no-brainer. By all means, have fun with the girls, but try to avoid those cocktails that make you dizzy before bedtime and grumpy in the mornings!
Alcohol causes hangovers as you already know, and you don’t want to be snoozing through the workday even when you manage to kick yourself out of bed!
Training yourself on how to wake yourself up early each day can be tough if you’re not really a “morning person.” However, your body can get used to literally anything, if you do it long enough!
Stick with the above tips, and you should find waking up more bearable while your body adjusts to its new timetable. Check out how to fall asleep in 10 seconds to start building a consistent sleep routine. Once you master it, you’ll be able to start your day earlier so you could make the best of your most productive hours: Mornings!