During the long winter months, many of us enjoy snuggling under the covers and dread having to get up for work while it is still dark. Even some early birds struggle to wake up and pull themselves out of bed. What can you do to wake up refreshed during winter?
Make a Note of an Upcoming Event
Before you go to bed, make a note of a fun or exciting event that will be taking place the next day. Will you be seeing your sister for lunch? Or do you plan on watching the latest film release with your husband?
Whatever it is, make a note of what you plan to do when you wake up and put a note on your alarm clock so that it will be the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. Hormonal changes can affect how we feel in the morning, which is why it is not uncommon to wake up sullen and moody, even if you are normally upbeat and cheerful.
Get Up as Soon as Your Alarm Goes Off
If you regularly hit the snooze button, you are not really going to benefit yourself. Your brain knows full well that the alarm will go off again in just a few minutes, which means you will not be able to sleep deeply and restfully for those precious few minutes.
After you hit snooze, you will actually feel more tired, as you will be abruptly brought back out of a light sleep, than a deep, revitalising sleep. Rather than rely on snooze, set your alarm clock for the actual time you need to get up so that your sleep will be more peaceful and uninterrupted.
Freshly Cut Flowers Can Brighten Your Mood
Flowers can instantly lift your mood and put a smile on your face. The same is true for women who place fresh flowers by their bedside. If you wake up and take a smell of the wonderful aroma of your flowers, you stand a better chance of waking up refreshed and ready for the day ahead. A vibrant shot of colour can do much to zap you of any lingering winter blues and help you to look at the day ahead with anticipation.
The winter blues can prevent many of us from enjoying a proper night’s rest, as we drag ourselves out of bed each morning. But it does not have to be that way. Think of a fun upcoming event and make a note of it. Then place the note on your alarm clock, so that when you wake up you will see something to look forward to later in the day. Next, if you regularly rely on your snooze button, stop now. Set the alarm for when you actually need to get up, so that you can enjoy peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Finally, place cut, fresh flowers by your bedside so that you can see them each day you wake up.