Things like a dental appointment, a flat tire, an it-looked-so-easy-when-I-watched-the-video DIY project and ofcourse, early mornings, are never fun, especially if you are a non-morning person, the one who always needs that extra 5-minute-sleep. So here is a list of few sleep hacks that will make it easier for you to get up early in the morning and hate your life a little less than you actually do on your struggling mornings.
Check them out below:
1. A sleep schedule to allow yourself adequate time for sleep
Want to wake up at 7 am in the morning? So, if we go by the minimum number of hours needed by an adult which is 7-9 hours a day, you’ve got to try to sleep around 10.30 pm. Are you getting the point?
2. Try not to press the snooze button
According to Rafael Pelayo, MD, a sleep specialist at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center, we must avoid pressing the snooze button. So, don’t get tempted by those extra 5-minutes because they are actually responsible for your tiresome behaviour throughout the day.
3. A healthy and yummy breakfast is another amazing hack to get you refreshed
Prepare for it beforehand because in the morning, there’s no better thing than a healthy breakfast.
4. Keep a check on the noises around you to sleep peacefully
You know planes flying overhead and noises from construction sites? Because even when you’re asleep the brain is listening out for sounds.
5. Try placing your alarm clock across the room
As recommended by a website called Apartment Therapy, putting an alarm clock across the room from where you’re sleeping is actually a good way to help yourself move out of the bed. Because that way you will have to physically get out of bed and go to the other room to switch it off. *evil laugh*
6. Go for a no phone, no laptop rule 45 minutes before bed
Yes, light screens can have a huge impact on your sleeping habits. Go for reading or journaling to avoid phone and laptop just before going to bed. Keep your notepad nearby.
7. Try getting sunlight early in the morning
According to Mariana Figueiro, PhD, program director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center, getting sunlight early in the morning for about 30 minutes helps keep our circadian rhythms on schedule and doesn’t make us sleep deprived during the entire day.
8. Install an old-fashioned radio alarm clock for your not-so-healthy sleep routine
If nothing works, buy an alarm clock to help you get out of your bed. If not the usual ones, you can go for an old fashioned radio alarm clock (the one that plays energising music and sounds!) or slightly unusual ones to boost up your energy levels early in the morning.
9. Schedule a morning stretch routine for yourself
According to Kristin McGee, a certified yoga and Pilates instructor, “whenever you get the blood rushing toward your head, it definitely wakes you up!” It just takes a morning stretch routine to do that. So what are you waiting for?
10. Go for a 30-second cold shower before leaving for your everyday adventure
A shower does wonders for a non-morning person according to Phil Dumontet, a productivity writer by profession. It increases your overall alertness by increasing the heart rate and breathing.
11. Make yourself listen to sleep sounds
Well, if limiting the lights doesn’t work, you can relax yourself by listening to sleep sounds. Just reduce the brightness of your device a bit, and try to calm your mind.
12. Try not take caffeine six hours before bed
According to a study, consuming caffeine six hours before going to bed leads to ‘important disruptive effects’ on our sleep patterns. Are you listening?
13. You can also try introducing something lavender-scented to your bedroom
It might sound funny but introducing something lavender-scented to your room might help you sleep peacefully. In a report submitted by The Wall Street Journal, lavender oil sprinkled on bedclothes helped participants to sleep in a relaxed way. Another study on the same topic found similar results.
14. Do it gradually
Lastly, try training your body to get up early in the morning gradually. “If you get up at 8 a.m. normally, don’t suddenly change it to 6 a.m. Try 7:45 a.m. first,” wrote Leo Babauta, founder of the site Zen Habits.
Out of the bed, finally!
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