Are you a morning person? Most of us aren’t, especially when you consider the only reason most us get up at the time we do each morning is because we have to go to work. However, despite most people not being the biggest fans of the morning hours, we are willing to bet that every one of you can name at least one person who, no matter what time of day it is, never looks or even acts tired. So, how do they do it?
We won’t pretend to imagine the reason why Kim is always so chipper in the morning or why Doug always seems to be moving a mile a minute, but what we can give you are some surefire tips you can add to your nightly routine that will help get your mornings off to a better start.
Leave the Curtains Open
Many people prefer a more cave-like atmosphere when they sleep, blocking out all intruding light. While this may be good to fall asleep and stay asleep, it does no good when it comes time to wake up. Blocking out daylight can negatively impact your body’s circadian rhythm, so by letting some morning light in, it won’t only help you wake up more naturally, but will leave you feeling more energized.
Avoid Coffee, Red Wine and Chocolate Before Bed
While many people rely heavily on coffee to get them through the day (and in some cases wine once work is done), it is prudent to keep these two things, along with chocolate, in their designated spots, and that should be nowhere near bedtime. Coffee, chocolate and red wine have all been scientifically shown to disturb sleep more than any other food.
Whether it is a result of the shifts you are pulling or you’re simply not a great sleeper, turning to a natural supplement such as melatonin to help reset your internal clock can be a real godsend. Speak to a pharmacist or your doctor if you have any questions on how adding melatonin to your nighttime routine can impact you.
No Electronics in Bed
Many of us spend a good portion of the day staring at a screen. From computer monitors to televisions, and smartphones to tablets, it seems whether we are at work or at play, we are always looking at a screen. Sadly, this habit does nothing to help our sleep with the blue light it emits having been shown to negatively impact our circadian rhythm, not to mention the fact that nobody should be woken up to spam emails or unnecessary phone calls.
Make Your Bed in the Morning
How does making your bed in the morning cause you to feel more well rested? Simple; which is more appealing to crawl into at the end of a long day, a messy, crumpled up bed; or a nicely made one? When the time comes to fall asleep, you want to stack the deck in your favor by creating the most calming atmosphere you can, and this includes crawling into a nicely made bed.
Wake up each morning looking forward to work!
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