If you’re groggy in the mornings but you know you’ve been getting enough sleep, the problem may lie in your routine before and after heading to bed.
A little bit of forward planning and mindfulness could totally transform your energy levels when you wake up.
Here are some tips for ensuring you wake up ready to face the day:
1. No screen time before bed
Calming your body and mind before you sleep is the best way to ensure a good night’s rest. We’re all guilty of getting lost in a Facebook-stalking vacuum every once in a while, but try to keep your use of laptops, phones and tablets to a minimum in the hour before you head to bed.
2. Keep your bedroom cool
A room that’s too warm will have you tossing and turning all night, meaning you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve barely slept. Avoid overheating your body by leaving a window open if it’s not absolutely freezing out, and only wearing light PJs or a t-shirt to bed.
3. Prepare for the next day
Rushing around the house in the morning will leave you feeling like you need another two hours in bed. Plan your outfit and make your lunch the night before, to save on time. Running through your schedule for the next day and making a mental to-do list before you sleep will also mean you wake up prepared for the day ahead.
4. Get up straight away
Ah, the snooze button. Possibly the best and worst invention of all time. Avoid falling back into a deep sleep all over again by getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Easier said than done, we know, but your body will thank you.
5. Drink a glass of water
You might crave coffee first thing in the morning, but a glass of water is what your body really needs. Even a 2% drop in water stores can leave you feeling physically and mentally sluggish. Keep a glass of water by the bed and drink it once you wake up.