If you'd like the magic secret to making getting out of bed on Monday morning a breeze then we've come across some handy hints and tips courtesy of Greatist.com. Read on and find out just what you can do to help wake up on the right side of the bed. For the full article, click here.
Sleep like a Pro
Keep the electronics out
Remove all reminders of work-related stress from the bedroom, including laptops, smart phones, and even briefcases. It’s also best to stop using all electronics 45 to 60 minutes before bedtime.
Position it right
Many doctors agree that sleeping on your back is best to prevent back pain, while side sleeping is best to help prevent heartburn and acid reflux. Sleeping on your stomach may stop snoring, although this can also lead to back and neck pain.
Watch out for danger foods
Spicy foods can cause heartburn or indigestion, chocolate has sneaky caffeine that could keep you up, and alcohol can cause way too many nighttime trips to the bathroom. Stick to a warm mug of herbal tea before bed.
Grab a book
Kick back with a novel or some nonfiction before bed to help tire out your eyes. Or, write out stressful thoughts in a journal.
Take a warm shower
Stepping out of a warm shower and into a cooler bedroom will cause a slight decrease in body temperature, which triggers a tranquil, drowsy feeling.
From white noise, to nature sounds, to mellow folk music, listening to tunes can help lull you to sleep in no time.
Get a good mattress
Seek out a mattress that supports the spine and - most importantly – feels comfortable.
Wake Up Right
Pick a new wakeup time and gradually work towards it. Want to wake up at 8am but can’t get up ‘til 9? Start by setting the clock for 8.45, and move down in 15-minute increments every few days.
Set some happy sounds
Skip the beeps and blares and set an alarm tone to something soothing or fun.
Make sure to get some movement in soon after waking up – this will naturally make the body feel more energetic. Just a few jumping jacks should do it!
Tell a friend or family members when you want to wake up, and commit to a “text date,” letting them know you’ve done it.
Shower, breakfast, read the morning paper. Creating and maintaining a morning routine will make getting up easier because it can just happen mechanically.
Skip the snooze
Bopping the button can actually disrupt our sleep cycles, which leads to less restful sleep. It might also affect cognition, and can leave us feeling more tired when we get up.
Do what you Love
Pick an activity you can actually look forward to whether that’s Zumba or power lifting or a gentle yoga class.
Pay For It
Consider signing up for a personal trainer, or coughing up a fee for a fitness class. You’ll be hard-pressed to waste £10 every time you hit “snooze.”
Pick a Pal
It’s harder to bail when there’s a buddy waiting for you by the dumbbells. Plus, studies suggest we get in a better workout when there’s someone else around.
Pencil it in
Schedule exercise into your calendar beforehand and remind yourself it’s an unbreakable commitment as soon as you wake up.
The night before the gym sesh, pack a bag with all the essentials and lay out your workout gear so there’s one less hurdle to jump over in the morning.
Taste the reward
It’s best to chow down between 30 and 60 minutes after working out. So know that if you actually get up and go work out, you can return to a deliciously gratifying (but healthy) treat.