How To Wake Up Earlier & Stop Snoozing Your Alarm
Good evening Organica friends, how easy did you find it to wake up early this morning? Perhaps you were rudely awoken by the dulcet tones of children or pets demanding food and attention, or hit by the reality of the day’s workload before you’d had the chance to open your eyes… Either way, we know it can be difficult to drag yourself from delicious slumber when you’re not a ‘morning person’.
So if you have ever wondered how to wake up early without snoozing your way through several consecutive alarms, this blog is for you. You’ll be aware of how passionate we are at Organica about sleep quality and its benefits for your physical and mental health, but did you know that the way you rouse yourself from sleep can also affect your wellbeing?
Our bodies are governed by our circadian rhythms (the internal biological clock determining our sleep-wake cycle over a 24 hour period), but your habits can have a huge impact on this process and whether you find it hard to wake up easily. We’ll take a look at the most common issues interfering with your energy levels, and how to rediscover your get up and go.
Here’s a round-up of all the best methods to help you find your mojo in the morning:
Establish A Regular Routine
As with nutrition, exercise, and hydration, our bodies crave consistency when it comes to sleep. If you go to bed at the same time every evening, you can expect to feel tired around the same time too. This, in turn, means you’ll regularly hit your 8 hours by the time the AM alarm rings, and your body will be less resistant to being woken.
Let your body adjust to this new routine gradually, or else you’re setting yourself up to fail. For instance, if you currently head to bed around 11:30 pm but need to get to bed at 9 pm to get enough sleep in, try bringing this forward by 30 minutes for the next 5 evenings. Try to stick to your sleep schedule at weekends too where possible, to avoid that jet-lagged feeling on Monday morning.
Banish Blue Light From The Bedroom
Many of us have inconsistent bedtimes because of our modern obsession with technology. You may already be aware of this fact, but TVs, tablets and mobile phones all emit something called blue light.
Using such digital devices at night stimulates sensors in the eyes that send signals to the brain, making it think it’s daytime. As a result, your body produces less melatonin - the hormone you need to feel sleepy - and you’ll find it harder to fall asleep.
To ensure you feel less groggy in the mornings and get a good night’s shut-eye, keep your bedroom a technology-free zone.
Switch On lights
Whilst blue light at night is bad, natural light in the morning is key to putting the pep in your step. Just as blue light suppresses the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, exposing our eyes to light in the morning will encourage the same response.
The sooner you open up the blinds or pop on your bedside lamp in the morning, the quicker your body will register that its daytime and your energy levels will rise. If your chances of remembering to do this while half-asleep are slim, then consider investing in a wake-up light alarm clock: these work by replicating the natural light of sunrise to rouse you gently from slumber.
Practice Psychological Persuasion
‘It’s mind over matter’ - how many times has that phrase left you frustrated in lieu of a practical solution? You can’t think yourself awake, that’s for sure! But you can remind your brain of your motivation for waking up earlier, to help when it’s dark and cold outside your warm and comfy bed.
We suggest writing what you’re waking up for on a post-it note beside your bed that you’ll see when you reach for the snooze. Think along the lines of: ‘I’m getting up to work out so I can get fitter and healthier’ or, ‘Waking up now means I won’t have to rush and stress today’.
Try The Two-Alarm Set-Up
Conventional wisdom suggests you should put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, but there’s nothing to stop you from just getting back into bed and slipping straight back to sleep using this method. Similarly, setting several consecutive alarms on one bedside device is too much temptation for the snooze-fiend.
Instead, we recommend setting up one device that will serve as your first alarm out of arm’s reach, so you do have to get out of bed to turn it off. As you return to bed, pop on the bedside lamp or open the curtains to start stimulating your brain for the morning. Set a second alarm to go off roughly fifteen minutes later on a device by your bedside, by which point you’ll be far less likely to snooze.
Conjure Up Energy At Coffee O’Clock
One classic problem for night-owls is that your eyes begin to droop again a little after you’ve managed to drag yourself from the comfort of your duvet. If you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages, you can counter this second sleepy wave by having a cup half an hour after you wake.
Cortisol levels peak at this time, activating your body’s energy levels. Meanwhile, the caffeine should be kicking in shortly, giving you a second energizer on your way out the door, right when you’d normally be yawning again.
Stretch It Out
If you’re a yogi you’ll know the benefits of practicing your poses in the morning, but for those not familiar with yoga, you don’t have to learn any complicated maneuvers to make yourself feel more awake.
Simple stretches where you arch your back (think like a cat), flex your fingers and toes and begin to spread your arms wide can help to get your body ready to transition gently into a wakeful state, rather than forcing yourself out of bed with a bolt. This also helps to get oxygen into your lungs and in turn rouses your brain.
Why not combine this practice with the inhalation of essential oils to make you feel more alert? We recommend zingy citrus-based oils like those found in our Pure Energy Oil Roller, so you can breathe and ease yourself into the AM.
Be Kind To Your Mind
Lastly, don’t be too harsh on yourself; you won’t become an early bird overnight. Putting pressure on yourself and changing your alarm tone to something you might hear in an Army barracks is not the solution. It will just make you resent getting up more and your body will dig its heels in.
For some, irregular sleep-wake cycles could, in fact, be a sign of a circadian rhythm disorder, meaning you may need help from a doctor to get your biological clock back on track. Be gentle with yourself, try out one method before attempting another, and give yourself time to adjust to your new routine.
If you’re struggling to settle into an earlier bedtime, why not try our much-loved Dream Lotion? It’s packed with relaxing, sleep-inducing ingredients such as Lavender, Bergamot and Cedarwood oil, not to mention its super hydrating properties. Give Dream Lotion a go today, to see why our customers swear by this sleep-savior.
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