The alarm clock goes off but you feel like you just went to bed. You wish you had more time to stay under the covers. Does this sound like you? Waking up feeling groggy is not a great way to start your day. Beat that feeling of fatigue and wake with an energized body and mind.
Here are some effective ideas to help you wake up without being tired:
Get 7-9 Hours of Sleep
If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll wake up feeling tired. Aim to get a solid 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
That’s the recommended amount of sleep for the average adult, according to the Mayo Clinic. To get enough sleep, you may need an earlier bedtime. Make sleep a priority by finding the right bedtime to give you a 7-9 hour stretch of rest.
Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol
What you drink during the day and in the evening before bed can give you that groggy, sluggish feeling after sleep.
Have your caffeine first thing in the morning and avoid drinking more throughout the day.
Studies have shown that caffeine actually makes people more tired later in the day. Alcohol can act as a sedative, helping you fall asleep. However, it can also cause you to use the bathroom frequently, interrupting your sleep.
If you want to wake up feeling refreshed, cut back on the caffeine and avoid alcohol the day before.
Stress can have a negative effect on sleep. It can cause difficulty falling asleep and even lead to insomnia.
Try to reduce stress by adopting a relaxing nighttime routine. Have a soak in a warm bath, write in a journal, meditate, or read. Avoid activities that can contribute to worry and anxiety.
Falling asleep will be easier and your mind and body will be relaxed.
It all leads to a better night’s rest.
Hydrate Right Away
Dehydration contributes to fatigue. It can make you feel lethargic and out of energy.
To beat dehydration after sleeping, keep a cup or bottle of water on your nightstand. That way, you can drink it first thing in the morning.
Drinking water before having breakfast or getting out of bed helps you feel refreshed and alert.
Your body will get the instant jolt of hydration that it needs.
Start Off Slow
Instead of jumping out of bed and getting your day going immediately, start off at a slower pace.
Set alarm for 15 minutes earlier than the time you want to get your day going. This gives you a chance to truly wake up before getting out of bed or leaving your room. Take those extra minutes to absorb the natural morning light, stretch, and focus on the day ahead.
Try these tips to wake up feeling rejuvenated and well rested instead of fatigued. Start the day with energy and positivity, ready to tackle your to-do list. By making simple lifestyle changes, you’ll get a better night’s sleep and feel better overall.