Wake Up Refreshed

I don’t know about you, but I am not much of a morning person. Getting out of bed each morning can be a real struggle. Below I am providing you with a few tips that I have found AND have tried myself that have helped make waking up a bit easier.

1) Good morning sunshine!!

When you wake up to natural sunlight pouring through your window, it signals your body to stop releasing melatonin (which is what makes you sleepy) and that it is time to wake up. I know, I know. We live in Oregon, but even if it is cloudy outside, the sun is still present and producing some sort of light. So, if possible, sleep with your blinds open so that the light hits you first thing in the morning.

2) You snooze, you lose!

I know that it can be very tempting to press that snooze button or say, “5 more minutes!” when your mom or dad wakes you up, just so you can get a little more shut eye, but in reality those extra 5, 10, 15 minutes are not actually helping you. When you keep putting off getting up, your brain is aware and will not put you back into restful sleep. Instead of feeling rested for those extra 5 minutes, you actually end up waking up more tired.

3) Hey, Mr. DJ can you turn the music up?!

Have your favorite, upbeat song ready to play when you wake up. It will help get you in a good mood and help keep you awake. DO NOT set it up as your alarm so that you do not associate it with something negative, but play it after your alarm has gone off. It’s a nice little treat for you in the morning to wake up to. It may also get you dancing and any form of active movement helps give you energy. So, in the wise words of my bff Taylor Swift, “Just shake it off!”

4) Drink Water

Drinking water when you wake up is a great way to provide energy and replace any fluids your body lost during sleep. It jump starts your body. Add a little lemon to your water and you are doing even more wonders for your body besides giving it energy.

5) Power down

This tip is more for the night before. This will be a hard one and took me a while to really master, but helped me sleep better in the end. Power down your electronics 30 minutes to an hour before you have planned to go to sleep. Computer screens, cellphone screens, etc. are all simulators for your brain and end up making it hard for your brain to wind down and fall asleep after you use them. Instead, try reading a book you’ve been interested it, do a puzzle, or journal about your day. These things will help you wind down and will give you some time to spend with yourself.

That’s everything I have for you. Let us know what you think and if these tips work for you in the comments!

~Kat

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