How to Wake Up Feeling Well Rested

Seize the day rather than the alarm clock with these tips for waking up well-rested each morning.

By Katie Dyal

Many things factor into why you wake up utterly exhausted, even after a full 7-9 hours of sleep. For some, it’s hard to rise because you dread the workday ahead. For others, it’s because you’ve gotten into such a bad habit of procrastinating getting out of bed.

One of the most beneficial things you can do to start the day off on the right foot is to establish a healthy morning routine. We didn’t say it would be easy, but we’d like to help. With that being said, here are four best practices for waking up on time and well-rested the minute your alarm clock rings.

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Plan your day the night before.

Although some prefer to plan their week all at once, most of us do best when we take it one day at a time. Nevertheless, thinking through your to-dos for the following day can prevent you from waking up overwhelmed and stressed. No one likes waking up feeling hurried or that they are already behind on the day before it’s even started. A few ways to seize the day before it has arrived are laying out your clothes for work, packing your lunch the night before, and doing a mental scan of your schedule. Are you planning to go to the gym? Do you have the ingredients you need for dinner? When you take the initiative to plan ahead you will stop waking up exhausted, and rather look forward to that morning cup of coffee.

Don’t hit snooze.

It’s scientifically proven that hitting the snooze button can leave you feeling sleepy for the rest of the day. Yet, we know the temptation of silencing that pesky alarm over and over all too well.

If you are a snooze addict, one smart way to resolve your problem is to place your alarm clock out of arm’s reach. Sure, you might be cranky the first few mornings, but once you get used to rising on time it will become a habit and you’ll perk right out of bed, no questions asked.

Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D Early On

Pull back the blinds and let the sunshine seep in. Light is the brain’s natural stimulator that communicates it’s time to get the day started. For real! When light is filtered through our eyes, it tells the brain to suppress the production of melatonin, aka the hormone that helps you fall asleep. Therefore, exposing yourself to natural light is one of the best ways to boost your energy and get ready to tackle the day. As a bonus, open up the windows and get a breath of fresh air. This helps boost your mood!

Drink an 8 oz glass of water before your caffeine fix

Did you know, one of the main indicators of fatigue and tiredness is dehydration? Yep. You should be drinking a full glass of water as soon as you get up to increase alertness. Water helps generate the growth of red blood cells, as well as, increasing oxygen levels in the brain, both of which deliver a burst of energy to your system. Get into the habit of starting your day with much-needed H20 before heading straight for the coffee. Hydrating your body after a long duration of no water may be just the thing your body needs to fuel up for the day.

With these useful, natural tools that help you feel well rested as soon as you wake, you’ll be ready to take on the day! Don’t forget your nighttime ritual is just as important as your morning routine, and together they help you maintain healthy sleep hygiene that allows you to get the most restoration after sleep each and every night.

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