How do you wake up in the morning?
Are you tired and lazy?
Does it takes you a long time to be yourself and function normattly?
I know people who find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, and when they finally get up, they are slow in everything they do. You cannot talk with them, and they can hardly think, because they are still sleepy. It takes them quite a while to wake up fully.
Often, even a cup of coffee is not enough.
On the other hand, some people are energetic from the moment they wake up. They get out of bed promptly, with their mind and body fresh, energetic, and fully functioning.
How you feel and what you do in the morning, often, affects your whole day. It is therefore, important to start the day with some positive habits.
How would you like to start your day, feeling sleepy and tired, or energetic, enthusiastic and happy? I am sure you prefer the second option.
I would like to suggest a few ways to beat the sleepiness of the morning, so that you wake up energetic, and with mind and senses sharp and fully functioning.
9 Tips for Beating the Sleepiness of the Morning
1. Go to sleep at night at a reasonable hour
The body needs 6-8 hours of sleep. If you get enough hours of sleep, it is more likely that you will wake up energetic, and would not feel sleepy in the morning.
If you watch a movie or an entertaining program on TV, until a late hour at night, you will go to sleep late and wake up late, and probably wake up tired.
2. Repeat affirmations before falling asleep
When in bed at night, repeat in your mind the following affirmation or a similar one, a few times. It is okay if you fall asleep while repeating it.
“I am going to wake up tomorrow morning at (specify the hour), feeling fresh, energetic and happy.”
3. Repeat an affirmation in the morning
When you wake up in the morning, get up, sit on your bed, and repeat few times the following affirmation, aloud or silently:
“I am fully refreshed and energetic, and my mind and senses are sharp.”
Next, repeat a few times the following affirmation:
“Today is a happy, successful and wonderful day.”
4. Let some light into your room
After getting up, throw open your curtains or open the shutters so the light fills your room. Light awakens and energizes the brain and the body and increases alertness.
If it is a cloudy day, or if you are up before the sun rises, just switch on the light in the room.
If other people are sleeping in the same room, like a husband or wife, a brother or a sister, go to another room and fill it with light.
5. Wash or shower
Go to the bathroom and wash, shower or shave immediately, before doing anything else. Try to focus on what you are doing, not allowing your mind to go somewhere else. This would help you increase your alertness and sharpen your attention.
6. Drink a cup of water
Your body might be a little dehydrated after sleep, being a few hours without water. A glass of water will make you feel better and help you wake up and drive away sleepiness.
7. Morning activities
The next step would be to do one of the following things. This depends how much time you have in the morning.
- Exercise your body with various exercises for about 10 minutes.
- Take a short brisk walk.
- Sit down to meditate for at least 10 minutes.
8. Play some music
Play some pleasant music that you enjoy and love hearing.
9. Give yourself time for eating breakfast
Many people skip breakfast or just have a cup of coffee in the morning. The body needs more than a cup of coffee. Eating a light, but good breakfast, will supply you with the energy you need to start and continue your day.
Do you know other tips? Great, then follow them too. Reading and knowing a few good tips about beating the morning sleepiness is not enough. You need to follow and practice these tips.
With a little effort, you can beat the sleepiness of the morning, and start your morning with energy. You can feel fully alive, awake and in control of your life.
You can continue to feel tired and exhausted in the morning until midday, or you can beat the sleepiness. It is up to you to decide what you choose to do.
When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative, an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It is all a matter of perspective.
– Harvey Mackay
I wake up every day with a smile on my face.
– Henry Ian Cusick