Are you constantly hitting the snooze-button in the mornings? Then let these top-tip life-hacks be your wake-up call!
Early to bed and early to rise makes us healthy, wealthy, and wise. Or so the saying went…through one ear and out the other. Why is it so hard for so many of us to get to bed at a decent time and wake up even earlier?
Whether you’re up with the birds, or are a sucker for a long lie-in, the time you rise sets the tone for the day. When you’re late, you end up rushing to make up for lost time – but when you’re up early you can enjoy a peace of mind that helps you prepare for the day ahead with unhurried confidence.
You can enjoy that extra time to get in a morning workout, or linger over that second cup of coffee, before facing the day with a smile. However, if you’re like the millions of people out there who go through the daily struggle of rolling out of bed and putting one foot in front of the other, here are some tips to help you maximize your night’s rest so you can rise and shine.
Give yourself time
Our bodies need proper sleep. Period. And night owls are going to get sleep-deprived, which can have a significant long-term impact on their health. To make your mornings stress-free, make sure you’re getting to bed at a decent hour to allow your body and mind the time it needs to rest and re-generate so you’ll wake up feeling fresh and full of energy. There are no short-cuts.
A matter of minutes
If you want to shift your sleep pattern, do it gradually. Maybe your goal is to wake up an hour or so earlier than normal? Try doing it in a way that’s easier for your body to handle and adjust to. First, try waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual and work upwards in increments, setting the alarm earlier over a period of time so you can wake up comfortably at your target hour.
Disable the snooze
This is a habit that many of us will be loath to break. If you love hitting the snooze button as the alarm goes off in the morning, trying to steal those few more minutes of sleep – you’re not doing yourself any favours. Try adjusting your alarm ringtone to a pleasant sound – a soft music, or sound effects that gets louder as it progresses and helps you wake up gradually rather than being jarred awake by a loud, harsh noise.
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