Didn’t want to get out of bed this morning? We’re not surprised. Getting up for work is no easy task. Even if it’s not for work, and you have an 8:00am chiropractic appointment, getting out of bed is a chore. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up energized, relaxed, and ready to start your day?
Although this is not a medical issue or something that we fix specifically here at OSR, we are here to help you with these six simple steps to make waking up easier:
Tip #1: No “Snoozing” today
Move your alarm clock. Simply move your alarm across the room, or just far enough away that you have to get out of the bed. Although mildly irritating, this is a great way to ensure that you physically have to get up and out of the bed in the morning. Once you’re already out of the bed it is much easier to convince yourself to stay out and start your day.
Tip #2: Cold Water
We’re not taking about a crack of dawn ice bath, don’t worry. But, if you take your showers in the morning, jump in a few seconds before the water heats up. This little shock will wake up your nerve endings and your brain. If you’re looking for something a little less daring, drink a big glass of cold water right when you wake up or simply splash your face with cold water. If you want to put some planning into it, put two spoons into the fridge before you go to sleep, and when you wake up lay them over your eyes for a cool refreshing wake up (BONUS– this last step will also help get rid of bags under the eyes).
Tip #3: Stretch It Out
Usually when you get out of bed you do a small stretch anyways, but if you increase your routine by a few stretches, you can wake up your body a little faster. Do a couple basic yoga stretches, or just reach down to your toes for 30 seconds. By getting your muscles stretched out your body will realize that it is time to get moving for the day. Even better than stretching- a morning run.
Tip #4: Let the Sun in
We all know how wonderful blackout curtains/shades are, but they should be avoided on days you know that you have to be up early. Keep the curtains open on nights where you know you have to be up early the next morning in order for the sunlight to get in. It is much easier to get out of bed when you are in a room that is full natural light in it. The light will also let your body know that it is time to get up for the day. Don’t worry, you can still close your blackout curtains during the weekend when you’re able to sleep in a little longer.
Tip #5: Power Down
Put your cell phone down at night. Researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that melatonin levels dip in people that spend two hours using a device backlit with LED display (such as an iPhone or iPad). Melatonin is the chemical that induces sleep. By decreasing your body’s melatonin production you will have a harder time falling/staying asleep. If you like to check your emails or social media profiles before bed, do so before you turn your lights out. Once your bedrooms lights are off, avoid checking your phone again until morning.
Tip #6: Essential Oil Wake up
Many essential oils can raise your alertness and energy levels. A great wake up is to open a bottle of a citrus essential oil such as orange, lemon, or grapefruit. These oils encompass numerous benefits including the feeling of happiness and warmth. There is nothing better than waking up in a great mood. Do you have a meeting at work or a project you need to finish first thing this morning? Start your morning with a peppermint essential oil and improve your concentration and mental accuracy (BONUS– peppermint is also a great stress reliever).
Please contact us if you have any questions!