10 Tips to turn yourself into a morning person!
Let’s face it, we're not all morning people! Particularly Monday mornings in winter when you can hear the rain coming down outside! We’ve compiled a list to turn those lazy mornings into productive and happy starts to the day, give it a go.
1. Things to do before Bed
Ensure you and your family are eating dinner at least 2 hours before bed. Going to bed on a full stomach can make it difficult to get to sleep. Going to bed soon after eating foods high in calories and fats can increase your possibility of suffering from reflux. Also avoid caffeine, the majority of us don't realise that some food and drink we consume have hidden sources of caffeine, so be mindful of what you and your family are eating and drinking before bed.
2. Natural Sleep Aids
A good night's sleep is crucial in ensuring that you can successfully wake up feeling refreshed and alert. Natural sleep aids and healthy eating will assist you in getting a good night sleep - look into relaxing aromatherapy oils, herbal tea and remedies and specific foods which will make you feel tired before going to bed.
3. Stick to a sleep schedule
A sleep schedule will effectively assist you and your family in resetting your body clock. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day will allow your body to get in a pattern, meaning you will fall asleep easier at night and wake up around the same time with less trouble every morning. A sleep schedule also has the benefits of ensuring that you are getting the right amount of sleep each night, which is vital as many Australian’s admit they get less sleep than they require.
4. Place your alarm clock as far away from you as possible
You’ve put mechanisms in place to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, but trouble may set in in waking up at the appropriate time. Positioning your alarm clock as far away from your bed as possible will make you get up to turn it off!
5. Resist the temptation of going back to bed
Now whatever you do, don't press snooze! If you have the option, going back to bed and sleeping more may only make you more tired throughout the day. Once you are up, stay up!
6. Turn some music on when you wake up
There's nothing better than a good 'pick-me-up' tune to get you up and about in the morning. Turn on some happy music each morning to get you and your family in a good mood to start the day!
7. The perfect morning shower
Showering as soon as you wake up in the morning will help your body become more alert for the day ahead. Opt for a refreshing shower gel designed to wake you up and turn on the cold water for a couple of seconds before you exit the shower for a rush of alertness.
8. Give yourself enough time to get ready in the morning
There is nothing worse than starting the day in a hurry, wake up early enough to ensure you are not rushing out the door!
9. Fresh air and sunlight
Fresh air and natural light will work wonders for your body in the morning, a good dose of vitamin D will successfully wake you up and prepare you for the day ahead!
10. Get physical
Exercising in the morning will energise you for the day, as well as having the benefits of regulating your appetite for the day and of course getting those endorphins flowing!