As everybody knows, nothing kicks off a good day like a good morning. If you can wake up feeling fresh and bright, looking good and with a smile on your face, you’re ready to take on whatever the world throws at you. However, if you work long hours, if you’re raising kids, or if you’re otherwise impacted by daily stresses and strains, sleeping well and waking up refreshed might not be that easy. Here are some things you can do to help.
The night before
The secret of a good night’s sleep is largely about what you do before you go to bed. Avoiding heavy meals late in the evening will mean you’re not kept awake by a busy digestive system. Avoiding blue light, such as that given off by many computers and phones, and surrounding yourself with warm rosy light will help your body clock shift into the right gear. A nighttime mask treatment will soothe the skin on your face and you can even prepare your hair with the sleep styler to continue your beauty treatment throughout the night.
Make sure that your bedroom is well ventilated and that you have a good mattress and breathable bedcovers. Keep a glass of water beside your bed so that if you wake up feeling thirsty in the middle of the night, you can drink without having to get up. Drinking water right before bed can help you to wake up naturally at the right time in the morning because you’re ready to pee, but you’ll have to experiment to find the right amount to suit your body and not wake you up too early.
The right alarm
If you know you have to get up early, and you’re dreading the sound of a harsh alarm, that in itself can make it difficult to sleep. However, alarm clocks don’t have to be like that – not with today’s technology. You can set one to wake you up by gradually increasing the volume of songs you love, or even play birds singing. You can set one to produce light in the same spectrum as the morning sun, helping you to feel naturally and happily wakeful. You can even set one to brew your morning cup of coffee, or just produce the aroma of coffee so that you wake up thinking about something you love.
Before you rise
Getting up promptly and resisting the temptation to hit the snooze button will make you feel better as the day goes on, but there are still a couple of things you can do to revive yourself before you get up. Treating your face to aloe vera gel or another light moisturizer will make you feel refreshed and energized. Eye drops can do a similar thing for your eyes. Drinking some water will give you that extra bit of lift you need before you get to your feet and begin your morning routine.
First things first
If you begin the day with a shower, consider using a citrus or kiwi scented body wash to stimulate your skin and help you feel more alert. Morning exercise is great for getting your body going, and even a short walk round the block before breakfast will mean that you metabolize your food better and feel fitter. Breakfast should be based around long chain carbohydrates that will give you energy throughout the day, but make sure it still tastes appealing, and try to treat yourself to some variety. Having things to look forward to always makes getting up easier.
If you find that you’re regularly having trouble sleeping, you may need to make some lifestyle changes. Eating less sugar, drinking more water, and getting more exercise are the biggest factors that tend to make a difference. Getting out and about so that you have some direct exposure to sunlight during the daytime is also important, and keeping to a regular routine makes sleep come a lot more easily. Try to relax for an hour or two before bed each night. Many people find that simple things like reading or listening to music make a big difference.
Most chronic sleep problems can be resolved through simple actions like this. If you have more persistent problems, your doctor may be able to help. Even small improvements in the quality of your sleep can help you look and feel much better and give you the energy you need to make the most of every day.