5 Tips To Help Win The Morning
Everybody wants to try and revolutionise their mornings. Here in the UK we have long dark mornings in the winter and getting up gets harder and harder. Especially if you’ve gotten yourself a nice memory foam mattress it can seem far to comfortable and cosy to even consider getting out of bed!
Luckily there is something you can do, so here are 5 tips for improving your mornings.
1.Water is the Key
How long do you think you go without drinking anything while you’re sleeping? If you include the time before going to bed and the time waking up it could be 10 maybe 12 hours. Not good! Dehydration is a killer that sucks all the energy out of you, it makes you wake up sluggish and Uninspired about everything.
Luckily it has an easy fix, a quick glass of water before bed and you’re ready to go! Not so much you’re going to interrupt your sleep going to the bathroom but enough that you stay hydrated through the night and then can top yourself up when you wake up in the morning.
2.No excuses for not having breakfast
Now we know how long it’s been since you drank anything, well let’s think about how long you go without eating if you don’t have breakfast? A long time I bet! And given how much fuel your body needs to keep running at top performance it’s cruel to deprive yourself of all these calories and nutrients your morning can give you.
That’s why it is vitally important that you have breakfast every day as soon as you get up. It’s the fuel your body needs to succeed without it you’re just running on fumes!
3.Get a proper Alarm Clock
I’m a massive advocate of the alarm clock. Mainly because it stops you needing your phone right beside your bed. A mobile phone is too big a distraction to have tempting you beside the your head at night. It’s too easy to decide you can’t sleep then while away an hour scrolling through Facebook when that time could be spent actually falling asleep and resting which is what your body definitely needs.
So keep your phone away and buy yourself a proper alarm clock so you can rest distraction free at night.
4.A consistent sleep every night
Your body is very adaptable to all situations and environments. New parents survive on as little as 4 hour of sleep at night. Your body learns rhythms and habits faster than you think which is why it’s so important to get a consistent sleep every night.
If you get the same length of sleep every night your body learns to wake up much easier. Aim for around 7-8 hours and soon you’ll be waking up before your alarm ready for the day. Just don’t forget when you’re setting your alarm to leave time for actually falling asleep. If it normally takes you a long time that’s fine just set your alarm a little later.
5.The Night Time Routine
Hand in hand with getting a consistent length of sleep you need a great night time routine that allows you to relax, unwind, and fall asleep. The key is to go to bed at roughly the same time every night. As a grown up I’m sure you don’t want to have to start setting a bedtime again but trust me it is worth it. Once you start consistently going to bed and getting the same length of sleep mornings become a breeze.
As for the wind down my absolute favourite way is to read a book,preferably fiction, nothing gets you to sleep better. Reading allows your eyes to tire, you can keep the lights low and the focus on a story helps your mind to clear forgetting all the stresses of the day. Bliss.
And there you have it, 5 easy actionable steps I used to start waking up earlier and getting more done. If you only try one yourself make sure it’s drinking a glass of water before bed, this is arguably the most important step in the whole process.