Waking Up is Hard to Do
...Especially if you're sleeping on a super comfy mattress, like the Bear Mattress (wink!). But, seriously, we all have those mornings when we hit the snooze button one (or two... or four) too many times and feel like we're literally forcing ourselves to get up. So, if you're a person who really hates getting out of bed in the morning, try some of these tips to make starting your day a little bit more pleasant.
- Get into a routine. Even if you're a spontaneous person, going to bed at 11 pm some nights and 3 am on others isn't doing your body or your mind any favors. If you're a night owl, make your sleep schedule from 3 am to 10 or 11 am; if you're a super early riser 11 pm to 6 or 7am. And keep it consistent.
- Don't overdo it on the naps. Taking a nap is a wonderful way to recharge, but keeping your siesta to 40 minutes or less is best.
- Power down an hour or two before bed. Seriously. No phones, computers or television. Studies show that the blue light emitted from these devices stimulates your brain, making you restless.
Find the right alarm clock. Although those iPhone chimes might be waking you up, they're probably not the most efficient way to get you out of bed. On the market to day are clocks that simulate the sunrise, aromatherapy clocks, vibrating fitness bands... There are a lot of products out there that aim to making waking up a lot easier. And if you don't want to purchase anything, try keeping your alarm on the opposite side of the room from where you sleep - that way you have to get up to turn it off.
- Drink a glass of water. You're dehydrated from sleeping, so some water will do your body good and make you feel less fatigued.
- Wash your face. Even if you're just splashing some cool water on your face, it's enough to wake you up. Plus it'll remove dead skin cells and any dirt or dust that has landed on you overnight.
And, hey, if you're one of those people who can set the iPhone alarm, wake up easily and go, then stick with that. We're all different, and it's all about what works for you.