Getting up in the mornings during the spring-summer period is always a lot easier than getting up during autumn/winter. I guess you could say you go to sleep in the dark and then wake up in the dark, and so you feel a little all over the place. It is natural to feel this way, and some of us find it really hard to get up in general no matter the season. Do not worry though, in this article I will be giving you some tips and hacks on how you can wake up feeling refreshed during those early mornings in the winter.
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How can I wake up easier in the winter?
Studies show that having 7-8 hours of sleep is best for your health. I tend to have around 7 hours and a half. One way that I stick to having this many hours sleeping pretty much every night is by having a routine, that I follow through with every day. It takes a little while to get used to the routine, it took me around a week to get used to the routine.
As I have been following this for around 8 months now (since the start of 2020), I find my body reminding me of when I need to go sleep, and that will be around 9:45 pm.
Buy a wake-up light
This might be the first time that you have heard of such things. It is an alarm clock that offers light out to act as ‘sunlight’. I do own the Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock myself, and I tend to use this in the winter, to ensure I feel less gloomy and down during those cold winter mornings.
The Philips wake-up light alarm clock comes with 5 sounds (including an FM radio station) that you can choose from which will sound with your alarm. You can choose from birds tweeting, rain forest, ocean sounds.
It helps to create a peaceful transition from sleep to wake, as well as a peaceful transition from wake to sleep. This helps me so much especially if I find that one week I am struggling to wake up or go to sleep peacefully. There are different personalised light settings that you can choose from, and this level of light can be adjusted.
You can choose to either have the alarm and light to go off together, or you can choose to have the light come on 30 minutes before your chosen alarm time, which helps me to improve my mood in the morning.
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Have something to look forward to
This might sound silly, but what I mean by this is having something to look forward to, it might be your favourite breakfast or your favourite workout session. It is a lot easier to wake up when you have something to look forward to. You don’t seem to struggle that much when you’re getting up really early to go to the airport to catch your flight for your holiday. Do something which will make you happy, whether it be having a nice warm bath with a special bath bomb before you have to get ready for work. Whatever it may be, try to give yourself something that will help you start the day right.
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Use a sleeping mist on your pillow or duvet
I stumbled across this spray around 4 months ago, and oh how I have fell in love with it since! This spray is a pillow spray which contains an infusion of lavender and chamomile essential oils to help reduce the brains activity and anxiety as well as improve your sleep. Research has shown that lavender increases the type of brain waves associated with relaxation.
I spray twice onto my pillow and it smells absolutely divine. It has that spa smelling sensation, that instantly makes me feel so much more relaxed. The good thing about this spray is that it does not stain any pillowcases or duvets.
Move that alarm clock to avoid hitting snooze
Moving your alarm clock out of reach from your hands hitting that snooze button will help you to physically get out of bed to turn it off. Studies show that waking up and falling back to sleep can cause sleep fragmentation. Sleep fragmentation can cause your performance to decrease and sleepiness to increase.
A couple of years ago, as a Christmas present I was given an alarm clock that had a helicopter on top of the alarm. My mum brought me this as I used to be terrible for hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep. You would set the alarm and when the alarm went off, the helicopter would fly and lift off across the room, and guess what… in order to turn off the alarm you had to get out of bed, find the helicopter and put it back on top of the dock of the alarm. It would scare me at times, but it sure did make me get out of bed and actually wake up on time!
That is all for now, my lovelies! Hope you found this article helpful, for now, take care!
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