When you struggle with sleeping well, then it is likely that waking up in the morning won’t come easily for you either.
If you have been watching my recent videos, then you will already know that there are 4 pillars of great sleep. Today I am talking about the third pillar – waking up well in the morning. If you want to check out the first (click here) and second (click here) pillars of sleep, then do watch for those videos for more help.
With the third pillar of sleep being all about starting your day well, feeling alert and ready to achieve everything on your list, it stands to reason that getting this working for you will in turn allow you to relax in the evening before you get ready for sleep again, as you can end your day on a good note.
So your morning routine to wake up is an important part of the whole picture. Watch this video for my 4 best tips to start your day strong.
As I shared in the video above, there are some really simple things you can do that make a big difference to your mornings.
Simplify your morning routine
If you are rushing to get out the door in the morning, feeling that the day is already getting away from you, then there may be something in your morning routine that you can change.
As I shared in the video, a lot of the time with my clients, we are looking at their entire 24 hours, and really understanding how they get to their morning.
When you have prepared for your morning it goes better, and you can actually look forward to it.
Ask yourself what you are currently doing when you wake up that really could be done another time. Moving little chores like washing the dishes to another time of day will make your morning more enjoyable, and something you feel better about waking up for.
Move your alarm clock out of reach
Get yourself out of bed faster by putting your alarm clock a little further away. This way when the alarm goes off, you need to get up, and you won’t be tempted to snooze for another few minutes.
Hitting the snooze button and hearing several alarms go off every morning isn’t being kind to your body. It is far better to rise with one alarm and let your body being the process of waking up.
Get more light
Light is important for waking your brain up. Opening the curtains when you wake up is a good start. If where you live has darker mornings at certain times of the year, then something really simple that helps is to have better, brighter light bulbs.
Now I don’t advise having this in the bedroom, but in another room of your house such as the kitchen. As you wake up and head to the kitchen, the light begins to wake your body up.
Enjoy your breakfast
Have something for breakfast that will give you energy for the day ahead, but that you also enjoy. For some people the thought of muesli is really uninspiring!
Think of something you like and just try to keep it simple.
In the video I mention 2 resources to offer you more help with your insomnia or other sleep problems.
The first is a previous video that has even more tips for waking up in the morning.
The second is my new eBook with the best tips for 2019 that you can personalize to your own unique issues with sleep.
Please note, this eBook is no longer available, but you can join my e-mail community to receive more support with your sleep problems.