How To Wake Up Easily
Some of us are ‘morning’ people – blessed it seems with an ability to hop out of bed and get on with the day no matter how early. Most of us (myself included) aren’t. That’s not to say we aren’t able to wake up early, it just doesn’t come naturally. I had to learn how to wake up easily the (very) hard way!
My working day as a personal trainer regularly sees me up before 6am. In winter, this can feel like a kick in the teeth. Living in the north of England, the dark, frosty mornings don’t exactly fill me with motivation – the combination of a warm cocoon-like winter tog duvet and central heating are hard to beat.
The picture below was taken in September 2012 whilst on my way to a sprint session in my local park. It was 5.30am and freezing cold – my next door neighbours’ car provides the proof!
I mentioned the difficulty of beating a warm bed in the morning, but beat it I must – if I don’t work, I don’t earn.
So here are my tips for getting yourself up, about and fully functioning in the mornings, regardless of how much or little sleep you have had. Once you learn how to wake up easily, early mornings aren’t so daunting…
- Move. As soon as possible, get moving. I find moving around wakes me up quickly. If I hit the snooze button a couple of times, my morning is a much tougher one. Get up, move about and get on with things. You aren’t going to sleep any more with the 9 minutes you get thanks to the alarm ‘snooze’ button, so don’t kid yourself that you are going to benefit from it. Don’t be lazy, get up!
- Drink something. I personally find that when I am dehydrated I feel lethargic, so I seek to rectify this as soon as possible. You haven’t had a drink during your sleep, so restore your fluid balance as soon as you can.
- Shower. I always shower in the mornings – nothing wakes you up like a shower. Use a shower gel with a punchy scent that helps you wake up – Original Source do a good few.
- Food. This tip is about the choices. The temptation amongst many people is to go for a refined sugar hit – breakfast cereals, jams, pastries etc. Do that and you will benefit from a short term energy boost and a long term energy crash. Avoid. Go for high protein, low carb breakfasts.
- Exercise. I know it may sound like the worst thing in the world at 6am on a cold morning, but if you can, get some exercise. You will start feeling like a zombie, but finish feeling amazing! I used to teach an early breakfast spin class and it set me up brilliantly for a day – super energised!
Give these tips a try and mornings wont feel so tough any more! Take it from someone who drags himself out of bed earlier than your average person…
I used to hit the snooze button 3 or 4 times until I learned how to wake up easily, and it has made such a difference to my days – you can get so much done when you have a head start on the world.
UPDATE – This post was written in 2012. I now have to get up even earlier but use the tips in the article and don’t struggle!