There are few things that are worse than waking up after a full night’s sleep feeling groggy and tired. You thought you did everything right – ate a hearty meal, got into bed on time, wound down without your electronics, set an alarm for 8 hours later and closed your eyes. But alas, this nearly perfect formula didn’t seem to work for you. Somewhere in the middle of the night, you found yourself waking up, thirsty, dying to go to the bathroom or feeling too hot or too cold. The result? You woke up feeling not as fresh as you had hoped. What can we say, it happens to us all. You might not always be able to control your sleep pattern or the unavoidable wake up call in the middle of the night, but there are ways in which you can energise yourself in the morning despite not having the best sleep.
Here are a few things to do every morning to feel fresh and energised.
1. Drink a tall glass of water
Do this almost as soon as you open your eyes. Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue and keep you feeling tired. After nearly 8 hours of having had very little (or no) water, your body is bound to be depleted of fluids. Instead of reaching for your morning cup of coffee, load up on water and hydrate yourself.
2. Open your curtains
Not just slightly, open them all the way. Just as dim lights prepare your body for sleep, natural, bright light signals your body that it’s time to wake up. Exposing yourself to 20 to 30 minutes of light in the morning can help better your mood significantly. A study also found that morning sunlight can boost your daytime energy and your ability to fall asleep.
3. Eat a hearty breakfast
Out of all the things you may not find time for during the day, skipping breakfast is the worst. If you start your day hungry, you are bound to start feeling tired sooner. Having just woken up, let us assume that you have not eaten in a few hours. That means that your blood glucose levels haven’t been restored to normal levels yet. In order to recharge your battery and avoid overeating later in the day, make sure to make time for a good, healthy breakfast before heading out.