It is true that some people are morning birds, while others would rather sleep in an extra twenty minutes. However, if you are constantly struggling with waking up with your alarm clock each morning, it could be something you are doing wrong. Don’t pass off your morning tiredness and troubles getting going in the morning, saying you are just not a “morning person.” Instead, see if any of these problems are making it harder to wake up on the right side of the bed.
- Wish-Washy Sleep Routines: Most adults ditch their bedtime at puberty. However, a good sleep routine is essential for good sleep. The best thing you can do for your sleep health is to go to bed the same night every night. This will ultimately help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and wake up easier.
- Sleeping In Isn’t The Best Option: We know you look forward to sleeping in on the weekends, but it could be damaging your sleep cycle. Sleeping in on the weekend can hurt your productivity for the day and make it harder to wake up early the rest of the week. Some studies have also shown that it can increase one’s chances of being overweight. It is better to wake up at the same time on the weekends, even if it means you need a short catnap later on.
- Alcohol Is Not a Good Sleep Aid: It may feel like alcohol relaxes us and helps us sleep better, but the truth is that it doesn’t. It forces us to go into a deep slumber while skipping the important REM stage (which is important for learning and memory, as well as great sleep). In the end, alcohol at night may help you hit the hay faster, but it won’t help you wake up more rested.
- Caffeine Late in the Day: With coffee shops open at all hours, it is hard to avoid an afternoon pick up. While the late day coffee or tea may help you shake off tiredness, it can also prevent you from falling asleep at your normal time too. Instead of drinking coffee in the afternoon, try an energy-boosting snack, short burst of exercise, or short catnap.
- When Naps Are Bad: If you have the luxury to take a short nap during the day, then go ahead. A short nap under thirty minutes can be quite beneficial. However, avoid longer naps and naps after 4:00 p.m., since both can harm your sleep for the night.
- Snoozing With Your Pets: We hate to break up the snuggle fest, but sharing a bed with your pet (and even your toddler and kids) can keep you from getting the rest you need. Their kicks, movements, and noises can pull you out of your deep sleep frequently. Pets’ dander is another reason to kick Fluffy out of bed. It can keep you from waking up well rested.
- Going to Bed Full: We can take for granted how hard our bodies work to digest our meals. It takes a lot of energy, even if we don’t realize it. Therefore, when you go to bed with a full stomach, you tell your body to focus on digestion rather than sleep. This can make it hard to wake up the next morning. Also, a full stomach can increase your chance for nighttime indigestion, which will also disrupt your sleep.
Don’t underestimate the power of your sleeping habits. If you have a hard time waking up in the morning, chances are you are guilty of one of the above habits. Make sure you are doing everything possible to get the best night’s rest so that you can wake up feeling refreshed instead of groggy.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.