Even if you sleep for a good 8 hours, how you start your day may have a huge impact on your state of mind, confidence and productivity. Waking up in a good mood can help you feel better about yourself, get more done and even make you feel more rested. Here are five things you should do after you wake up to make sure you own up to every “Good morning” you get.
1. Stop snoozing the alarm
Set the alarm at the exact hour you have to wake up, giving yourself a good 40 minutes to eat and get ready. The impulse to hit the snooze button on your alarm is just your sleepy mind playing tricks on you, making you think that you will be more rested after those extra 10 minutes.
But scientists have determined that drifting in and out of sleep can actually make you feel drowsier and more tired than if you just get up when you first open your eyes.
2. Brush your teeth first
Before you do anything else, coffee, breakfast, making the bed, first things first: brush your teeth as soon as you get out of bed. Residue and bacteria accumulate in your mouth during sleep, causing that unpleasant taste and odour.
Minty-fresh breath will instantly sober you up, lift your spirits and breakfast will also taste better.
3. Pay attention on what you eat for breakfast
Make sure your breakfast provides a mix of carbs, protein and “good” fats. It should be both nutritious and light, so go for a bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk or yoghurt, fruit and nuts/seeds, a cheese and spinach omelette or peanut butter toast with banana and cinnamon.
No need to remind you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it, no matter how much in a hurry you are. Coffee and a pretzel on your way to work doesn’t count!
4. Get in your morning workout
Starting the day with a few physical exercises will boost you up for the entire day, improving blood flow and digestion and speeding up the wake-up process. So go ahead and set those sleepy muscles in motion!
5. Maintain a regular sleep schedule
After a long day of work, agitation and stress, your body needs to rest and recharge, so getting enough sleep is mandatory for you to stay healthy and function at full capacity.
Your body also has a natural biological rhythm which should not be tampered with if you want to feel ready and rested when you wake up. Our bodies need structure to function properly, and our sleep schedule is no exception.
Try your best to go to sleep and wake up at about the same hour, including weekends, and not only will you feel better when you get up in the morning, but your body will also get accustomed to waking up on its own, without that annoying alarm.
Also, skip watching TV or using the computer right before bed, because the screen light conditions the brain to become alert, thus making it harder to fall asleep.