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Wake Up Refreshed: Six Tips to Help Start the Day

Around 20 percent of Americans report regularly getting less than six hours of sleep a night. 1 This sleep deprivation results in groggy and irritable workmates, friends and family members who seem to have a chronic “case of the Monday’s”. Most people simply try to stay awake have their morning cup of coffee… followed by their afternoon cup of coffee. Simple adjustments to schedule and lifestyle can leave you refreshed and ready to take on the day.

1. Your Relationship with the Alarm Clock

It is best to set your alarm clock for the latest moment possible to wake up. Slapping the snooze button every five minutes to get a little more sleep will result in fragmented sleep that will make you more tired when finally rolling out of bed. 2 Also, consider getting a less “alarming” alarm. Some companies offer alarm clocks that gradually get louder or have gentle nature sounds such as babbling brooks or waterfalls to help you gradually come out of sleep. As soon as you hear the alarm, swing your legs over the side of the bed and take some deep breaths. 2

2. Exercise

Exercising as soon as you wake up can give your mind and body the burst of energy it needs to start the day. Even a brisk walk can wake you up more than dragging your feet to the coffee maker. Simply walking around the house or out to get the paper can give your body the kick-start it needs. Be sure not to sacrifice needed sleep time in order to exercise. 2

3. Start with a Splash

I like to start the day by washing my face with cool water. The water will shock the face cells into action and cause you to even look more awake. Taking a hot shower can also wake the body up and help you to get your day started.

4. See the Daylight

Keeping the house dark to let yourself “adjust” only makes the mind more tired and convinced that it is still night time. By opening curtains and blinds and allowing natural daylight in, you will slow the brain’s production of melatonin and begin the mind’s wake up process. This is more difficult in the winter as the sun rises later and can contribute to seasonal affective disorder or winter depression. 3 Light and darkness help to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and doing this on a regular basis can make waking up easier.

5. Watch Your Medications

Some sleep or cold medications can cause drowsiness for up to eight hours. If taking such a medication, be sure to allow yourself to sleep the full amount of time the effects will be present. Trying to fight drowsiness brought on by medication will be very difficult.

6. Get Enough Sleep

The most simple, yet hardest way to improve mood and ability to wake up is by simply getting enough restful sleep. If continuously waking up under-rested, fix the problem by going to sleep earlier. This can be done by regulating your biological clock or circadian rhythm. 3 Using natural sleep aids or other psychological methods to fall asleep quicker can help regulate the biological clock quicker.

The best way to acclimate the body and mind with waking up earlier is to keep the same sleep schedule on weekends. Simple lifestyle adjustments can help the body and mind to wake up and take on the day. While waking up refreshed is important, ensuring you have had the proper rest period is what matters most. Without the adequate amount of sleep, no amount of caffeine, exercise or lifestyle changes will truly stop the effects of sleep deprivation.

Bibliography:

1. WebMD—Toll of Sleep Loss in America http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/toll-of-sleep-loss-in-america

2. WebMD—Trouble Waking Up; http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/trouble-waking-up

3. USA Today—Can you become a morning person? Yes, but it’s not easy; http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-11-21/Can-you-become-a-morning-person-Yes-but-its-not-easy/51338980/1

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yeaaaah, SCIENCE!

    November 8, 2012
  2. great ideas

    November 12, 2012
  3. Very Informative !!

    November 12, 2012
  4. we def go so fast in life and often go to fast to remember all these tips 🙂 thanks for the refreshment of this 🙂

    November 12, 2012
  5. What relationship with my alarm clock? It’s one sided.. it loves me, and I hate it, lol.

    November 12, 2012
  6. Love the article! This may just help me with my abnormal sleep habit!

    November 12, 2012
  7. LOL tell this to my 5 month old please 🙂

    November 12, 2012
  8. Am I the only one who prefers just staying awake all night to going to bed and trying to wake up in the morning? 😉 Never been anything close to a morning person, lol

    November 12, 2012
  9. i would love to get a better nights sleep! maybe when the kids are old enough and move out! lol

    November 12, 2012
  10. love to get deep sleep with no pain in this bed and pillow so comfy

    November 12, 2012
  11. What a great article!I need all the helpful hints I can get 🙂

    November 12, 2012
  12. man i like hitting the snooze button. lmao

    November 12, 2012
  13. oh i would love a chance to win this and get a good nights sleep. thank you for the chance to win!

    November 12, 2012
  14. Oh for a good night’s sleep!

    November 12, 2012
  15. always good to be reminded to make adjustments if you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep

    November 12, 2012
  16. nice article!! ❤

    November 12, 2012
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      November 14, 2012
  17. This sounds amazing… I would LOVE to wake up feeling refreshed!!

    November 12, 2012
  18. Good tips!

    November 12, 2012
  19. would love a pillow!

    November 12, 2012
  20. It makes a difference.

    November 12, 2012
  21. Great tips! Thank you!

    November 12, 2012
  22. I really need to give myself a nice long stretch before getting out of bed to get my body circulation moving

    November 12, 2012
  23. All good ideas!

    November 12, 2012
  24. My neck needs a new pillow!

    November 12, 2012
  25. All good, though us non-morning people might not be so down with the daylight!

    November 12, 2012
  26. I need a new pillow 🙂

    November 13, 2012
  27. Helpful, practical tips. Thanks!

    November 13, 2012
  28. miriama59 #

    A less alarming alarm clock? LOL Most definitely.

    November 14, 2012

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