Every person’s natural waking rhythm is different. Some people spring out of bed in the morning, automatically more refreshed and raring to go, whereas others feel their energy levels start to rise as the day goes on. For many of us, the mornings are a blurry struggle. We feel groggy and irritable, and this can sometimes turn into a spiral of negativity that ruins the whole day.
If you seem to spend most mornings pressing snooze on your alarm, begrudgingly leaving your bed at the last minute and then frantically rushing to get ready – this article was written for you!
Whilst you may never prefer the morning, and it’s perfectly okay to be a night owl too, it helps if you can develop a regular morning routine that will help you get each day off to a good start. Mornings can be a positive and productive time – you don’t have to start every day feeling stressed!
Get Good Quality Sleep
Many people underestimate the importance of not only getting enough sleep, but quality sleep. Factors such as blue light, alcohol and stress can all make for a fractured night’s sleep, making it much harder to function properly the next morning.
Download a Bedtime app to receive alerts when it’s time to unwind, and which can also wake you during the lightest phase of sleep to help banish that foggy feeling first thing. Keep a journal next to your bed to jot down any ideas or thoughts that may be keeping you up, and a good book to help you relax and doze off.
Develop a Routine
Research suggests that it takes around 66 days to form a new habit, but it doesn’t matter if you have a bad day every now and again. This means it could take just over two months to develop a long-lasting morning routine, which will keep you fresh and focused every morning.
Your morning routine needs to be something that motivates you to get out of bed. It could be as simple as a hot shower, or making the time to sit in your pyjamas with a coffee and read the news, or watch morning television.
Some healthy habits to incorporate as your routine develops include drinking a large glass of water to rehydrate after 8 parched hours asleep, stretching to awaken the body and going for a short walk to clear the mind. Keeping Morning Pages is also a good way to gather your thoughts before the day begins.
Taking small self-care steps each morning before the day begins are the perfect way to get off to a good start, and set yourself up for a great day.
If you don’t feel like eating straight away in the morning, then don’t force yourself, however it’s good to prepare a healthy breakfast and lunch the day before, to keep with you for when mid-morning hunger inevitably strikes. This will prevent hangry episodes, and reaching for unhealthy snacks which lead to sugar crashes and fatigue later in the day.
Try these simple and adaptable overnight oats with fruit, nuts, seeds or even a few chocolate drops from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen for a healthy and filling breakfast that you can grab on the go.
Revamp Your Bedroom
Creating a calming environment is a sure-fire way to foster great sleeping habits. Keeping your bedroom clutter and electronic-free will help your brain to associate the space with sleep, and making dozing off much easier once you settle down in bed.
A comfortable and supportive mattress is also a must, and cotton bedding is soft on the skin which will comfort you as you drift off. If you’re an over-heater, you may want to consider a cooler latex mattress to help you regulate your body temperature. Latex is also great for allergy sufferers, as it’s hypo-allergenic. Follow us on Instagram for lots of bedroom interior inspiration!
So there we have it, our top tips to help you rise and shine rather than slump in the mornings! We’d love to hear how you get on with our top tips. Let us know, and follow us on Facebook for more sleep health news and fun facts.