Let’s be honest, how many of us hate getting up early in the morning? But you know you have to because if you don’t, you won’t have a bed to go to sleep in at night.
Most people struggle to fully wake up before they’ve had their first cup of coffee in the morning and some are even a little grumpy (I have a friend, Markus, who’s definitely not a morning person); simply looking at the person or saying hello will get them irritated. But once they’ve taken the first sip of coffee, they are all smiles.
I have this problem where if I try to go to bed early so that I can get up early it never works: I end up with a massive headache because I’m trying to force myself to fall asleep. When I finally do sleep it’s almost time to get up again, and who wants to start their day with a headache and being irritated because they didn’t get enough rest? Hands up.
So I decided enough is enough, I was going to try a few new things to see if they worked for me.
Stop hitting the snooze button. My husband has to get up at 5:40am and he always sets his alarm for 5:40am, but then he ends up hitting the snooze button 4 times at 5 minute intervals; so that is an extra 20 minutes of uninterrupted sleep that we both could have enjoyed. So when I tell him to set his alarm for 6am his answer is always the same: “But I don’t snooze it every morning”, (yeah right!). If you live alone this is an easy one for you to never set the alarm too early if you know that you’re just going to snooze it; instead set it for the time you plan on waking up and then you know that you don’t have a choice and you have to get up right now.
- Try to stick to a schedule if you get up at different times every morning. This will confuse your body and you will end up being more tired than you were when you went to bed; I know this is difficult on weekends especially because this is the time that you feel like you deserve to sleep late but then by the time Monday comes it doesn’t even feel like you had a weekend. So try and stick to the schedule as much as possible.
- Some people enjoy having a dark bedroom from the bedding to the curtains, so that the morning light won’t come in and disturb you while you are trying to get your beauty sleep; but this is actually a bad thing if you are trying to become a morning person. Bringing in light into your bedroom will tell your brain that the morning has begun and that it’s time to wake up now. When shopping for bedding or curtains go for bright colours such as yellow, light green or even white.
4. Try not to nap during weekends. I know that most people like to take a nap on a Sunday or, like the Afrikaans people call it a “Sondag slaapie”, but this can confuse your brain and then you will struggle to go to bed at your normal time that night. So, instead of taking an afternoon nap, get the family together and play a board game.
- Wear yellow sleepwear. I don’t know why but I think it has something to do with the brightness. So while you’re out buying bright bedding and curtains you might as well buy nice yellow sleepwear and get slippers to go with them while you’re at it.
Standing on your head for 2 minutes. I won’t be trying this one but if you feel adventurous early in the morning this one is for you.
- Take a cold shower. I can understand that this one will work during the summer but I don’t think I’m brave enough to try this during winter time.
I hope these tips will help you, even if you don’t use all of them just use the ones that fit your lifestyle and your schedule.
Sweet dreams and good morning!
Words: Natassha Burrell