If you’re not a morning person, waking up early can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make it easier for you to get up early, feeling fresh and ready to take on the day:
- Get enough sleep
It’s important to go to bed on time to give yourself ample amount of sleep. Sleep requirements vary from person to person, but an average adult needs between 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function at their best.
- Remember the 90 minutes rule
When you sleep, you go through multiple sleep cycles of light and deep sleep. Each cycle lasts for 90 minutes on an average, after which there is a brief gap when you are relatively wakeful, before a fresh cycle starts. Ideally this is when you should wake up.
Use this link to calculate when you should aim to sleep based on when you plan to wake up.
- Set your device across the room
Keeping your device at a distance from you will motivate you to get out of bed and turn off the alarm.
In case you have more than one device, a more effective way could be to keep one close to you and the other further away with an alarm set for a few minutes after the one closer to you.
- Drink water
Drinking water as soon as you get up will wake up your senses as it kickstarts the metabolism. This process can be catalysed by adding some lemon juice in the water. Keep a flask or a bottle next to your bed to drink from when you wake up.
- Quick Yoga or Exercise session
If you find getting out of bed difficult, then perform a few mild stretches or yoga asanas in bed itself to help you feel more energetic.
- Splash your face with water
This might seem obvious, but is surely the most effective way to get a head start on your day. As soon as you wake up, make a dash for the bathroom and splash your face with water. Follow this up with your daily tasks like brushing, bathing etc for a fresh and healthy start to your day.