The data is out: half of all members said in one of our recent Home Tester Club surveys that they do not wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. I am most definitely part of that half. Most mornings, I wake up feeling like the refuse removal truck has ridden over me. And then reversed back over me again.
Having recently looked into the ultimate list of sleep hacks, here’s an equally ultimate list of hacks to get you out of bed a little sprite-lier.
Say goodbye to the slow rise! Rather, set up an alarm clock across the room from your bed to force you to get up and get going. And whatever you do, don’t hit the snooze button – as tired as you may feel, falling asleep (or trying to) for a few extra minutes won’t make you feel any more refreshed.
Ban your smartphone from your bed. Not only does looking at that small screen just before bed stimulate your mind and give you a bad night of sleep, but multiple studies have shown that its mere presence affects the quality of our sleep*. The net result: an even harder time of waking up in the morning.
Go to sleep with your curtains open. When the sun rises, the light will help you wake up.
Wake up with a plan. Before you go to sleep at night, jot down what the day ahead has in store. That way, you’ll wake up with more focus and resolve to get up and at ‘em.
Stick to a routine. Try not to sleep in during the weekends: it throws your body off and makes it much harder to get up on weekdays. Much better to try squeeze in a sneaky afternoon nap when you can.
Exercise in the morning. A little light exercise in the morning will get your endorphins flowing and give you more energy for the rest of the day. If you don’t have time to get to the gym, why not whack on a quick online workout like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECxYJcnvyMw.
Any other hacks that are helping you to get out of bed with a bang? Join the Mumversation below and share them with the rest of us on our forum!
Written by Julie Williams: Lifestyle Editor