It can be hard to feel awake and ready to take on the day first thing in the morning, especially when we turn the clocks forward next week! Losing an extra hour of sleep may not seem like much, but your body will feel it. We are breaking down the ways to feel more energized in the morning, with tips for a better sleep and morning routine ideas to start your day.
In order to feel more energized in the morning, getting a good night’s rest is where to begin. Here are some tips for a better sleep.
Make It Dark
Did you know that even trace amounts of light can affect your quality of sleep? Try sleeping with an eye mask or blackout curtain to eliminate light and help create a dark space for a more restful sleep.
It can be easy to send one last email or check your social media before bed, but using electronics can ruin your sleep. The blue light emitted from devices stimulates the brain, making it more difficult to relax. Try reading a book, listening to a podcast or meditating before bed to help you wind down. Also, check your phone settings, most smartphones have options to mute notifications, use lower lighting and set reminders to help you get ready for bed.
Keep It Cool
Sleeping in a hot room can make for an uncomfortable sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, the best temperature for sleeping is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because our bodies naturally decrease in temperature when sleeping. By lowering the temperature of the room, it can help signal your body it is time for bed.
Getting a restful night's sleep is half the battle, creating a morning routine that makes you excited to wake up can help you feel ready to take on the day. Here are some morning routine ideas to try out.
Pump Up Playlist
Create a morning playlist with songs that make you happy, and only play it in the morning. While you start your day, the music will uplift you and help you feel more positive and upbeat which you will carry on throughout your day.
When you have something to look forward to, you tend to feel more excited! Each morning, do something that makes you eager to start the day; whether that is a delicious breakfast, your favorite cup of coffee or tea, or episode of a show you are watching. Having something to get excited about makes you ready to start your day.
Every person is different, and that goes for your workout routine as well. Some people love getting their workout done first thing in the morning, while others prefer to move at night. The key is to do something to start your day and give you a boost of energy. It can be as intense as a run or workout class, or as simple as some stretching or a walk around your neighborhood. Try and listen to your body and do what is best for you.
Which tips will you be adding to your morning and evening routines?