Some people seem to go through virtual hell, everyday, trying to get up in the morning and move through the morning routine, like taking a shower, having breakfast and getting work started. When they see some other people start their day briskly they start wondering – Why do I always wake up tired in the morning? And can I do something to feel energetic and brisk when I wake up? The answer is, Yes you can, in fact, just by following a few guidelines you will be well on your way to starting your morning full of energy. Here are a few tips to stop waking up tired in the morning.
Tips to Not Feel Tired Waking Up
1.) Eat Early and Healthy – The most common reason why people wake up sluggish or tired in the morning is because of “heavy eating” at night, or late eating. Digestion is an energy intensive process and if you go to bed on a full stomach, guess what? Your stomach is going to spend most of the night digesting the food, leading to improper sleeping patterns and less deep sleep. There is little wonder you feel drained in the morning.
Try to eat a healthy dinner, but don’t over-eat at night. Allow a gap of at least 2 hours before your last meal and the time you hit the bed, it’s never good to go to sleep immediately after eating a big meal. You can also try changing you diet at night, and eat more raw veggies, salads or whole grain foods, which are easier to digest and provide essential minerals and vitamins.
2.) Avoid Stressful Activities Before Sleep – It’s best to avoid doing things that can strain the mind or body, just before going to sleep. Most people like to spend 30 minutes reading some soothing books or listening to some soft music before going to sleep – this is a good practice as it helps calm the mind and body allowing deep sleep to arise faster.
Watching stimulating TV programs, listening to loud music, playing engrossing video games or having an argument, are activities you should avoid before going to sleep. These activities stimulate your mind, leaving you feeling restless in the bed. An over-active mind will take more time to hit deep sleep, thus feeling tired in the morning.
3.) Follow a Regular Sleeping Pattern – It’s best to be disciplined when it comes to following a sleeping pattern. If you are in the habit of changing your sleeping times frequently, sleep at 10 pm, 12 am, 1am on different days, then it’s going to inhibit your body from developing a sleeping cycle or rhythm.
Most people who wake up brisk and active are the ones who are strict about their sleeping time, they make sure they get to bed at the same time everyday and wake up at the same time, for example go to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 6 am, follow this routine with discipline so that your body can formulate sleeping rhythm.
4.) Avoid Sleep After Midnight if You Want an Active Morning – There are people who go to bed at 1 am or 2 am and wonder why they feel so sluggish in the morning. If you want an active morning it imperative that you go to sleep before midnight, 10.30 pm or 11 pm are good times to hit the bed if you want to get up around 6 am in the morning. Going to sleep at 1 am and trying to get up 6-7 am is not going to work out in most cases, you will end up feeling drained in the morning.
5.) Find Ways to Look Forward to Your Day – One of the reasons why you wake up tired in the morning is because you are not really looking forward to the day. May be you don’t like your job, or college, or your daily morning routine. Most people feel much more alive in the evening than in the morning because they are not enthused by the things they have to do in the day time.
Try to make your morning fun in the best way possible. You can set up some activities you enjoy once you wake up, like working out, listening to motivating tapes, performing yoga, cycling, swimming or even a outdoor sport, like playing basketball. Some people enjoy a meditation session first thing the morning, as it helps relax their mind and ready it for the day’s activities. When you have something to look forward to, your mind will naturally feel a lot more active and interested.
These are simple tips to stop waking up tired in the morning. So the next time you ask why am I feeling sluggish in the morning, just remember it has a lot to do with what you did before you got to bed.