DIET & FITNESS
8 Ways to Wake Up with More Energy
Everybody wishes to sleep for the recommended eight hours and wake up feeling fresh, energized and ready to face the day ahead. However, in reality, this is just a wish or dream for most people because mornings are probably not their best time, and this is regardless of the number of hours that they sleep. But, you can change this if you know what to do and what to avoid at night before bed and in the morning. Below are a few effective ways to wake up with more energy.
Prepare For A Good Night’s Sleep
There is much more to preparing for bed than brushing your teeth and wearing pajamas if you want to enjoy your sleep and wake up feeling energized. The two are obviously vital but to ensure that you have a wonderful morning you should make sure to do the following as you prepare for a good night’s sleep.
#1 Maintain a Routine
One cannot overemphasize the importance of keeping a sleep routine. A sleep routine entails going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time each day. It is such an important part of a healthy sleep habit that many experts will recommend this as one of the natural remedies for insomnia. Following a routine will help the body adopt a natural rhythm, and so you will be able to fall asleep naturally and waking up will also feel automatic. And so you will have more energy in the morning. Having a consistent sleep routine will also help ensure that the body gets the right amount of sleep which is the key to feeling energized when you wake up.
#2 Clear your Head
You should never go to bed with many thoughts or with a “full” head as this will interfere with your sleep cycle and hence making you wake up feeling tired. Stress and anxiety will lower the quality of sleep that you get even if you eventually fall asleep. There are different methods that you can use to clear your head, and they can include things like yoga and meditation. If you have not tried any of them before, it might be necessary to try both and choose what you find most effective. Also, always remember that it is not about how sophisticated the meditation or yoga is but how useful it is for clearing your head.
#3 Take a Warm Shower
Taking a bath before bed is perfect for a good night sleep as it is very therapeutic and relaxing. After a tired day at work, you should spare a few minutes before going to bed for a bath, and you will be amazed by its effectiveness. A warm shower will aid in cooling your body, which this is contrary to what most people think, and so you will not be subject to any sudden temperature drops. People that take a shower before bed will tend to fall into a deep sleep faster than those that do not and so they wake up feeling fresh.
#4 Make your Bedroom and Bed Comfortable
Your room should be as comfortable as possible and to ensure this, you can try arranging it according to the Feng Shui principles. Everything from the placement of the bed to the type of furniture that you have in the bedroom will affect you sleep in more ways than you think. When it comes to the bed make sure that your mattress is as comfortable as possible and that you have a special pillow to support your head when sleeping. If you sleep in a comfortable place, you will get enough rest and hence wake up with plenty of energy.
Get More Energy in the Morning
Sleeping well is not sufficient to guarantee you that you will up with high levels of energy. The body takes some time to fully wake up and so what you do once you step out of bed will also have an effect on how energized you feel. For an extra boost, you should do the following.
#5 Drink a Glass of Water
Sleeping for eight hours means that you will not take any fluids for all that time. But, your body’s need for water will not stop just because you are asleep. Your metabolism might slow down but the body is still using up water, and so by the time you wake up you will be dehydrated. A glass of water helps to kick start your metabolism and to get rid of any toxins accumulation and hence making you alert and ensuring that you wake up faster.
#6 Exercise in the Morning
If you wake up feeling a little groggy, you should go for a morning run and breathe in the fresh air as it will leave you feeling rejuvenated. In case it is not possible to run, there are many light exercises that you can do in the house to loosen your body. The amazing thing about working out in the morning is that it will also make you wake up feeling energized the next morning.
#7 Wake up with Natural Light
Light is one of the important cues that influence your circadian rhythms to turn off or on the genes that control your body’s internal clock. And so if you use the natural light to wake up you will feel refreshed. To ensure this you should leave the blinds open so that the rays of the morning sun will wake you up. Natural light is also healthy because the sun is a source of the essential Vitamin D which is also a source of energy.
#8 Eat a Healthy Breakfast
A good and healthy breakfast is the best gift that you can give your body. Some people have trouble eating in the morning but you should never skip this important meal if you want to have the maximum energy to face the day ahead. You should have a protein rich breakfast because it will be converted into dopamine and this will give you lots of energy. Also make sure that you go easy on your carbs and processed foods intake as they tend to give you a logy feeling.
With the above tricks in mind, you should never have bad mornings or always feel like skipping work so as to sleep the whole day. Although they are all very useful, the key to waking up refreshed and energized is using these tips consistently.