As far as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person. I love crumpled beds, the soft light filtering through the windows and the smell of fresh oj. While I spring out of bed every morning, my husband wakes up wanting to go back to the soporific bed. Since the English weather is quite rubbish, I can’t help but empathise with those who detest mornings with a vengeance. While caffeine is an easy solution, these steps will make waking up a little more cheerful.
1) Limit screen time before going to bed. Switching off completely is an essential step in helping you sleep better. While I am guilty of scrolling through my Twitter feed tucked in bed, this article opened my eyes to the hazards of using devices in bed.
2) If I’m feeling particularly restless, I apply some argan oil onto my face and give myself a light massage. This helps me relax and let go of the day’s stresses. Also, I like to set the mood before going to bed – I add some essential oils into an aroma diffuser and set it for thirty minutes. The heady scent always lulls me to sleep.
3) Don’t hit snooze! Wake up as soon as the alarm rings. I know this is hard, especially on cold wintry mornings but once your body clock is on track, you will spring out of the bed without any trouble.
4) If you sleep in a room that's blessed with natural light, open the blinds and let the light fill the room. This will make you feel instantly more awake.
5) While caffeine is the preferred choice for many, I start my day with a glass of water infused with cucumber, honey, and lemon. It gives me an instant energy boost and keeps me hydrated throughout the day.
6) Having a routine helps. After taking a hot shower, I sit down to do my makeup. This is a routine I look forward to every day – even if I’ve woken up feeling grumpy, this makes me feel more in control of my day. I switch on some music (much to the dismay of my sleepy husband) and go about painting my face.
Are you an early riser? What are your thoughts on this?