With the dark and freezing mornings we’re going through these days, it’s no wonder if you need a small pick-me-up before you head off to work. For most people, this involved a large cup of coffee while avoiding all human contact for the first hour. Yet, what if we could wake up and be perfectly cheery and social – even during the winter?
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While it won’t always be as easy, you can definitely make a few small changes to your bedtime habits and morning routine in order to make this possible. Here is a handful of ways to get you started so that you can look forward to bright and happy mornings without the mandatory grumpiness.
First: Get a sun lamp
The number one thing keeping your mood down this season is not the lack of warmth or the layers of clothes you have to put on before heading out in the morning. It is, of course, the absence of sunlight and your brain will reward your generously if you’re able to provide it with this.
You should get a sun lamp, first of all, and preferably one with an alarm clock so that you can wake up to the sight of a room filled with sun in the morning. Some of them are a bit costly, though, so this might be something you have to save up for or even add to your wish list – but the results will definitely blow your mind.
Use it for just a short week and you may notice that you’re feeling so much more awake, happy, and ready to take on the day. It’s going to feel a lot better when you get to work, by the way, as everyone around you will still be struggling to wake up.
Next: Change your mattress
So many people complain that they feel tired and sore when they wake up in the morning, yet they don’t seem to realize that this might have something to do with their mattress. Sure, upgrading to a better quality one may set you back a bit, financially speaking, but you do spend around eight hours on it everyday so why wouldn’t you get the best?
Or, at least, try to get one that is actually good for your back rather than hurting it. Have a look at Foam Nights, for example, for some great mattresses that won’t necessarily break the bank so that you can get started on treating your back a bit better. It helps to make those mornings a lot better, you know.
Exercise in the evening
Getting a good workout before you go to bed will actually not keep you from falling asleep, according to some recent studies. It may, in fact, help to tire your body out so that you sleep even deeper – and you’ll wake up with a sense of refreshment which you wouldn’t be able to enjoy unless you did that exercise the previous evening.
It doesn’t have to be too hard, though, and a quick jog outside where you can enjoy the quiet evening streets or perhaps a slow and steady round of yoga may be just what you need.
Now you have what you need to enjoy more rejuvenated mornings and evenings where it’s easier to fall asleep. Remember to drink a lot of water as soon as you wake up, enjoy that cup of coffee if you must, and stay active throughout the day to sleep even better.