If you’re anything like me, you’ve been trying to be an early morning riser, but fail every time. Early mornings are never an easy task to achieve for me. Although I enjoy starting the day early to have more time in my day, I tend to hit the snooze button one too many times. You can say I’m in a love/hate relationship with early mornings, but they shouldn’t have to be this hard!
Below you’ll find my top tips for early mornings and how to wake up not feeling like a zombie, but relaxed, refreshed, and ready to conquer the day!
I’m going to say it again for the ladies in the back to hear. HYDRATE.
Okay, I know you all hear this all day every day, but it’s true. Drinking water has so many benefits and when you’re body is hydrated, your body is happy. Drinking warm water before bed will keep you hydrated through the night and may help the body to rid itself of unwanted toxins. It may also help to relieve pain or stomach cramping. I always keep a bottle of water next to my bed, just in case I wake up in the middle of the night feeling parched. It’s also handy for when I wake up, since I like to start my day with a full cup of water.
Put Away Technology Before Bed
I have yet to conquer this one since I’m usually studying or reading on my phone or computer before bed. Putting away all technology at least an hour before bed is so beneficial for us, especially for a good nights rest. We strain our eyes constantly by looking at a screen, so giving your eyes time to readjust before bed is very important.
Although I know putting away all technology is hard for students, especially since our computers are our study life line, it’s important that we still take all precautions for protecting our eyes. Most computers and phones now have a setting called “night shift” mode. Here’s a quick how to if you have an iPhone:
Head to Settings on your phone and find Display & Brightness
Turn on Night Shift mode and set the time range when you want night shift to come on.
What’s great about Night Shift is that it will turn on without telling you, so you’ll never realize when the Night Shift mode is on, but it’s still helping your eyes!
Stick to a Sleep Schedule
Our parents may have been onto something when they gave us curfews… As college students (and sometimes even full time professionals), we’re usually unable to set an exact sleep schedule since we tend to pull all nighters regularly during exam seasons or we’re working on a big project due the next day. Since sleeping 7 hours a night is not usually something I can do, waking up is sometimes hard, especially if my phone alarm wakes me up during REM cycle. Something I find helpful is having an alarm app that will 1) wake me up when I’m out of REM cycle (best time to wake up) for an easy and refreshed early morning, 2) track my sleep pattern, 3) track my activity for the day to see how that might affect my sleep quality.
Sleep Cycle is a free app that lets you track your sleep patterns. All you have to do is open the app before bed, set the time frame you want to wake up around, and then set it next to your bed so it can track your sleep pattern. It’ll show you how many times you entered deep sleep, sleep, and when you wake up during the night. Although some parts of the app are only for premium members, free members can still benefit from it!
Stretch it Out
I’ve actually recently reincorporated this into my nightly and morning routines and have seen a huge difference in my day because of it. Every night and morning, I’ll sit and do some light stretching. Studies have shown that light night stretches helps to relieve muscle tension and prevent sleep-disrupting cramps throughout the night. In the morning, light stretches allow my body to improve brain activity, decrease body aches and pains, and increase my energy level throughout the day.
Remember, don’t do a full workout session, since this could actually hinder your sleep. Keep it to some light yoga for 5-10 minutes to allow your body to release any stress or pain brought by the day or night.
Do you have any early morning tips? Leave them in the comments below!
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