9 ways to easily wake up early in the morning feeling happy and refreshed
Use these 9 tips and tricks for waking up feeling happy and refreshed every morning.
Too many of us just accept grogginess and the struggle of waking up, but we shouldn’t!
There are so many secret hacks to waking up early and feeling positive and energised for the rest of your day.
From what to avoid the night before to the super easy tricks you should incorporate into your morning routine, I’ve included the best tips for waking up happier.
Keep reading to find out why your snooze button is setting you up for an unproductive day and how just 90 seconds in the shower can make the world of difference.
1. Why alcohol disrupts your sleep and makes waking up more difficult
A couple of glasses of wine seems like the perfect remedy to help you peacefully drift off…
But, the vino may be betraying you. Even just two drinks can affect the quality of your sleep, here’s why:
Alcohol causes less time in the deep sleep phase and more time in a less restful stage known as the rapid eye movement (REM) stage.
Although you might fall asleep quicker which gives the illusion of getting a better night’s sleep, it is quite the opposite.
Alcohol interrupts regular brain activity and the normal sleep cycle, causing poor quality sleep, restlessness, waking up in the night and next day grogginess.
Swap the beer for some chamomile to drift off into a deep sleep and wake up feeling lovely and refreshed.
2. Your snooze button is making you more tired
Do you depend on snooze time in the morning to make getting up almost bearable?
I have bad news for you.
Research shows that it most likely makes waking up even more difficult and causes us to feel more tired.
I’m sorry, I tried to warn you.
If you’re already not getting enough sleep, it gets worse. You are more likely to fall back into the beginning of the sleep cycle. Your body will start producing hormones that encourages deep sleep, to take you through the cycle.
But, your alarm stops your internal clock in its tracks and wakes you up, making you feel groggy, tired and lethargic.
Scientists also state that you are much better off using this snooze time for peaceful sleep, rather than disturbed slumber where you know you’ll have to wake up in a few minutes.
What do we recommend?
Set your alarm for when you actually need to get up and leave it on the other side of the room. This will force you to get up and will create a much more energised and refreshing start to your day.
3. The benefits of drinking water in the morning
I’m not going to tell you to drink more water, because you already know you should and are probably told it by nearly every health blog on the internet.
But, I am going to tell you when to drink it; as soon as you wake up.
When you wake up you most likely haven’t had a drink for at least 7 hours (if you get enough sleep and if you didn’t wake up in the night).
This means your body is pretty dehydrated in the morning. Drinking a glass or two of water first thing will help aid digestion, prevent headaches, reduces fatigue and increases the efficiency of your metabolism.
4. The music you should be listening to in a morning…
Music is great for helping us drift off to sleep and waking us up in the morning.
- A gradual build-up – Songs that start off too loud or hardcore are too vigorous for first thing in the morning and won’t help you wake up. Look for songs that have a nice, gradual build up.
- Positive lyrics – Avoid songs that have negative or aggressive lyrics as this can set the mood for your day. Choose music that makes you feel happy and optimistic.
- The right BPM – a BPM of 100-300 is optimum for making you feel energetic and improving mood.
5. Why is it important to eat breakfast every morning?
The most important meal of the day can boost metabolism, improve cognitive function and reduce fatigue.
They seem like good enough reasons to incorporate it into your morning routine… but wait, there’s more.
What if you’re breakfast could actually make you happier in a morning? Here’s what psychologist Tim Sharp (chief happiness officer at The Happiness Institute) tells us…
Firstly, what we do when we wake up usually sets us up for the rest of the day. So, that is why this list of tips focuses on positivity.
A strong positive message you can send to your body is the gift of a hearty, healthy breakfast. It is a sign that we care about our health and wellbeing.
Not only will you reap the nutritional benefits, but Tim says your day will likely have more “happiness, productivity and success”.
6. Why blackout curtains are good for sleep and waking up…
Is there anything worse than sun beams creeping through your windows at 5 in the morning to give you an early awakening?
Probably, but it’s still annoying.
Once you wake up from early sunlight, the quality of your sleep until you actually have to get up will be poor. This means you will feel more tired and lethargic throughout your day.
Thermal blackout curtains are the best way to completely block out sunlight which puts you in control of your sleep schedule.
They will also reduce noise, keep in the warmth during Winter and reduce heat getting in during Summer.
All these benefits of blackout curtains will create a much more relaxing environment and improve the quality of your sleep, making you feel happy and energised in the morning.
7. Stick to a consistent sleep cycle
A consistent sleep schedule is the key to waking up easier in the morning.
Have you ever woken up just before your alarm is about to go off? Or wake up on a weekend at the time you get up for work during the week?
This is because your body adheres to your schedule and is expecting to be woken up. It gets used to the routine and will start to naturally wake up.
To get into a consistent schedule, try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
Not only does this make waking up a lot easier, it will also make you feel less groggy and put you in a better mood.
8. The benefits of a cold shower in the morning
If you’re really struggling to wake yourself up and you can’t shake that groggy feeling, this is the hack for you.
The 90 second shower trick consists of 30 seconds of cold water, 30 seconds of hot and then 30 seconds of cold again.
But, why would you put yourself through this? Surely a cold shower will just put you in a bad mood?
Although a hot shower is relaxing, that is the problem. It relaxes our body and creates a bedtime affect which prepares us for sleep. Not what we need before work.
Cold showers have a long list of benefits:
- Reduces stress
- Strengthens our immune systems
- Can contribute to weight loss
- Can have an anti-depressive effect
- Improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation and swelling
9. Invest in some high-quality morning coffee
The health benefits of coffee seem to be never ending. Here are the top health benefits of coffee:
- Improves focus and concentration
- Improves mood and energy levels
- Full of antioxidants
- Contains many essential nutrients
- May lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
- Some studies show it can help you live longer
The list goes on.
But, we aren’t just recommending it for the health benefits.
Having something to look forward to in a morning is a positive way to get you out of bed. The smell of freshly brewed coffee will awake your senses and set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
Fresh coffee beans are also delicious and just another way to look after your well-being and have some well deserved ‘me time’ in a morning.