The mornings are getting colder, darker and a whole lot harder to roll out of bed. You may be losing that ‘morning motivation’ you once had over the summer period. So we’ve decided to put together some tips and tricks that may help you guys and will hopefully get you jumping out of bed in the morning!
First things first, before we even get to the ‘waking up’ part… We need to look at the ‘getting to sleep’ part. Many of us don’t realise that going to sleep is actually more important then waking up. When you master ‘falling into a deep sleep’ the rest of your life will fall into place! Yes that is a big call. BUT sleep is one of the most important factors in our overall health. Especially because majority of us aren’t getting enough! You may think you are getting a good nights sleep (that’s what we thought too) or you may be very aware that you are lacking in the sleep department. Either way, there is no harm in trying out these tips and seeing how you go.
Once you actually put these practises into place, you will then start to see how good or bad your sleep is.
So lets look at some ways to get the best sleep possible:
- Make bedtimes a regular time, you may not want too.. But your body needs it. Your body loves routine especially when it comes to sleep.
- Calm your mind and prepare yourself for a deep sleep. The hour before shut eye is the most important.
- Turn off all electronics in your room or if you can, keep your room a ‘no device zone’
- Have a warm shower, read a good book or just listen to some calming meditation or music
- To minimise phone use before sleep, set your alarm in the bathroom when you are brushing your teeth.
- Aeroplane mode! Yes, this may seem extreme…but your sleep is important. Your phone is there for your convenience, not the person on the other end.
- Do not Disturb – kind of the same as aeroplane mode.. except notifications come through without any sound.
- Avoid caffeine after 3pm (midday if you can) Even if you think it doesn’t effect your sleep, you’ll be surprised at how much easier you’ll fall asleep if you cut the caffeine. This includes teas as well as coffee. Opt for herbal teas; chamomile, peppermint, lemon & ginger .
Okay! Now that we have mastered that, lets move onto the fun part…Waking up and slaying the day! Here are our tips:
- Use your favourite song as your alarm (you’ll be dancing out of bed like its Friday night)
- SNOOZE is your enemy! Do not snooze. You lose out on restful sleep with all that snoozing. It makes getting into a healthy routine harder. Snoozing can ruin the connection between stimulus (your alarm going off) and response (you getting up) that you need for behavioural conditioning. If you were to start rising at your first alarm, it would eventually become an automatic response and not a struggle.
- Change your alarm name. Simple! Yet so affective. Here are some ideas for you to work with:
- “Today is your day!”
- “Remember your GOALS, GO GET IT”
- “New day! New yay!”
- “The time is now”
- Book a morning session at your gym. If you can reserve one, then that holds you accountable
- Train with a friend, they will hold you accountable and knowing your friend is getting up at the same time as you will make it a lot easier. (plus they will probably not talk to you for awhile if you stand them up)
- Set out your workout clothes the night before so you have one less thing to think about. You can even snooze a little bit longer knowing you are set to go, YES!
- This tip follows up from the list above regarding “aeroplane mode” and “do not disturb” When arising try to avoid looking at your phone, scrolling or checking your messages. This is why aeroplane mode is great, because you get to choose when to turn it off. Notifications will only come through once you turn aeroplane mode ‘off’. With the ‘Do not disturb’ option try to do the same by not checking your phone until at least 30minutes upon rising.
Let us know how you go!