By focusing on these five aspects, with a little effort you’ll be leaping out bed in no time.
Whether you’re still struggling to adjust to daylight savings, or just sick of running late every morning, waking up earlier doesn’t need to make your entire day miserable.
If you’re not a morning person, getting up an hour earlier can feel impossible. What people forget is that to wake up earlier you need to go to bed earlier so you’re adjusting your sleep patterns rather than getting by on less sleep. By focusing on these five aspects, with a little effort you’ll be leaping out bed in no time.
- Keep your curtains closed at night
Rather than allowing light to gradually wake you up, you are better to induce a dramatic jump in your hormone levels to jolt you awake by changing from darkness to bright light instantaneously.
- Soak up the sun early
Soaking up as much bright light as early as possible will convince your body clock it’s time to get up and tackle the day ahead.
- Turn off your gadgets before bed
Turning off your gadgets at least two hours before you go to bed stops technology interfering with the hormone which controls the sleep-wake cycle and ensures you get a better nights sleep.
- Sleep in a cold bed
Cooler body temperatures allow for deeper sleep so make sure your bed isn’t too warm.
- Warm up to wake up
Raising your body temperature helps to wake you up. Doing a few quick warm-up exercises or having a warm shower can assist in waking yourself up faster.
- Avoid big meals before bed
Eating too much just before bedtime can interfere with sleep, making it painful to wake up early in the morning.
- Eat at the same time everyday
Your body remembers how many hours there are between dinner and bed. It doesn’t really matter how many there are, as long as you’re not eating straight before you hop into bed, but keep it consistent.
- Exercise at the same time
As with with eating, your body remembers what time you exercise and determines when you should go to bed and wake up based on this.
- The higher the intensity the better the sleep
Intense exercise is believed to cause muscles to release cytokines which may trigger drowsiness and help you sleep more soundly.
- Don’t exercise straight before bed
Exercising increases your adrenaline levels, heart rate and body temperature making it difficult to fall asleep. Allow your body a few hours for these levels to fall before you get into bed for a better night’s sleep.
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