They’re hard to get through if you’re not a morning person, especially when you could be lying in the comfort of your own bed, away from the hustle and bustle of real life.
Studies have shown that morning people are happier, more conscientious, more pleasant, more productive and less prone to depression.
But what are those of us who just want to keep hitting snooze to do?
The good news is that you can you teach yourself to wake up in a good mood – here are a few tips on how, from Bustle.
Go to bed early
The recommended amount of sleep is between seven and nine hours a night for adults between 18 and 64 years old. Try to get a good night’s sleep by limiting caffeine intake and not overstimulating your brain with TV, internet and so on.
Turn off your electronics
We’ve all been there – idly scrolling through Twitter instead of sleeping. Simple trick – turn your electronics off before you go to bed. The National Sleep Foundation says that your brain will respond accordingly if it’s dark in the room (i.e. time to sleep!), so don’t let yourself be fooled into staying awake for longer through bright screens.
Wake up to light
Even if it’s not natural sunlight, it’s important to wake up to some light, which can help awaken your brain and let it know that it’s time to rise and shine. Having light there when you rise can apparently help your brain make you wake up gradually, so it’s less of a jarring experience than jolting awake.
This one seems obvious – ditch the hangovers! We all know the feeling of waking up the morning after the night before and feeling like garbage. Not only is that a gross feeling, but alcohol can apparently affect the quality of your sleep, too. So say goodbye to the booze, at least every once in a while, to improve your sleep and wakeups.
Wake up at the same time each day
Though it’s tempting to wake up early on weekdays and sleep in on weekends, apparently it can be bad to wake suddenly from deep sleeps, as we’ve all done. This can cause bad moods, but waking up at roughly the same time each day dispels these jarring experiences and allows our bodies to get into a natural rhythm.
Exercise can help you wake up feeling more well rested. And it’s got plenty of other benefits too, so it’s really a win win! A 2011 study found that people who exercised at least two and a half hours a week had better quality of sleep, fell asleep more easily and were less tired during the day.
The aroma of coffee can reduce the negative effects of stress related to sleep deprivation. The trick is to get the coffee brewing before you wake up, which you can do through coffee makers that are programmed to automatically brew at any given time. So as you’re waking up, the smell of coffee hits your nostrils and eases you into the day – dreamy, right?
By employing these tips and tricks, you’ll find that you will feel much better rested in the morning and ready to seize the day. Good luck!