Follow these 5 steps to help and if we will wake up the following day fully energized and ready to conquer the day or not.
Are you an individual who wakes up fully alert and energized, jumping out of bed when the alarm goes off? Some may say yes-- many will say no. Many people don’t realize that our personal routine the night before determines the quality of our sleep. If you are someone who wakes up feeling less than enthusiastic, below are a few tips and tricks to tweak your nightly routine in order to make for a productive morning.
5 Tips To Wake Up Feeling Energized In The Morning
- Meditate/Quiet Time
- Don’t Eat Right Before Bed
- Have A Set Bedtime Every Night
- Put The Phone Down
How Does Your Nightly Routine Affect Your Morning?
It’s normal to rationalize that our morning routines are the key to a day full of life and energy, however, the opposite remains true--your night routine determines if you will wake up lifeless and tired or energized and productive. Don’t be quick to determine your morning will be useful without a good night’s “beauty rest”. I am sure we can all agree that our day doesn’t go so smoothly when we haven’t slept well. Have you often heard the phrase, “someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed” directed at you too often? Well, then it’s time to make a change for the better.
Your entire day can be predicated by the night prior. Experiment with different routines to see what works for you, your body, personality and your individual work schedule.
Do These 5 Things At Night To Have A Better Morning
1. Meditate/Quiet Time
The stresses of work, family, circumstances, and simply all the things we have to get done in the day can cause our minds to go into overdrive. In order to become well rested and actually have a goodnight’s sleep, it’s important to release the anxieties and stresses of the day, that way it doesn’t carry on to the following day, or better yet, disrupt your precious beauty sleep.
Several tips would be to listen to uplifting podcasts or nature sounds, practice deep breathing, write down thoughts in a journal or talk to a friend or spouse about your day. The key is to find something you personally enjoy in order to escape negative thoughts and concentrate on positive intentions to change your mind, mood and overall well being.
Relaxation is such an important thing we must do daily in order to sleep well. We must put not only our minds at ease to rest, furthermore, we must allow our physical bodies to relax and “heal”. We don’t even come close to realizing the tension and stresses we put on our physical bodies throughout the day. Take a load off, and simply chill. Calm your mind, calm your body and calm your heart until you feel at peace. Find that activity that allows you to feel balanced. Allow yourself personal downtime-- stretch, do yoga, diffuse essential oils, take an epsom bath, close your eyes and rest.
3. Don’t Eat Right Before Bed
Allow your body ample time to rest. Allow your food to settle, drink water, and let the body’s natural digestion process take place before bed--not during. When you fall asleep your body is in a “restorative mode”. This is the time when the body repairs and rejuvenates itself. When one eats late at night, the effects of late night eating alters this restorative mode, and causes the energy rejuvenation process to be affected.
Drinking some decaffeinated tea like this ginger turmeric tea or taking a magnesium supplement, will help soothe nerves and help your body to relax.
Magnesium is a vital mineral that enhances your natural cellular and electrical impulses to help you sleep better, sooth your muscles, and improve heart and brain health.
4. Have A Set Bedtime Every Night
Everyone can benefit from a strict bedtime. Referring to the circadian (Sur-KAY-dee-un) rhythm concept, having a set bedtime supports your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
In other words, if adults make a habit of going to bed around the same time each night, their body will begin to recognize when it should start winding down for sleep.
Let’s say you have to wake up for work at 7 a.m. to get to work by nine, you should set your bedtime to about 11:00. That way, when 10:00 p.m. comes around, you’ll start feeling sleepy and the thought of bed begins to sound really nice.
5. Put the phone down
Avoiding the blue light at night has a tremendous effect on the quality of our sleep. Cell phones, computers and TVs emit blue light. Exposure to this blue light during the two hours before bed can keep us from getting a good night’s sleep.
It cuts down the number of minutes people sleep and it also leaves people feeling groggy in the morning.
This blue light can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms. Data show that this blue light tends to make us more alert at night. That makes it harder to fall asleep so we don’t get the rest we need.
These 5 tips are just the start of a lifetime of well rested sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling full of life and energized in no time. What are your bedtime routines that help you feel energized in the morning? Let us know in the comments.