Most people spend too much time in bed – believe it or not.
Even more people make the mistake of thinking that more time in bed means more energy and feeling ready for the day.
Getting out of bed can be tough, I know that.
Your alarm goes off and for a moment you just want to stay exactly where you are, all cozy, wishing you didn’t have to move, hitting the snooze button for “10 more minutes”.
Obviously we get up after a while anyway, because we have to, but for most of us it’s a chore and sometimes it’s painful – but it’s a little known fact that spending more than 7-8 hours in bed isn’t good for us.
It’s actually unhealthy and a lack of knowledge on this topic is why most people lose the battle of the bedroom.
And what should be the best part of the day can often be stressful.
Some days might be different, but doesn’t the day nearly always start off on a bad note?
Especially when the last thing you want to do is get out from your comfy bed and spend the little time you have rushing around to get ready…
Here’s why most people struggle on a morning and lose the “bedroom battle”…
A lack of vitamin D (sunlight), eating a balanced diet and spending extra time on the couch every evening, with a lack of exercise…
… Which leads to the big mistake of thinking that the answer to more energy, is spending more time asleep.
That’s very rarely the case.
Unless there’s an underlying medical condition, you’re a new mom, or suffer from extreme sleep deprivation.
The reality is, more sleep makes you feel more tired, rather than giving you more energy.
So because that’s the opposite of what most people want to feel each day, and because a lot of us despise getting out of bed in the morning, here’s some natural ways that can help you wake up on a morning – and there’s no coffee in sight!
Find The Light…
Melatonin is a hormone produced by your brain and regulates your sleep.
When it’s dark your body produces more melatonin making you sleepy and when it’s light, the production of melatonin drops.
If you struggle to wake up, open your curtains to let the light in.
Your body is made up of 60% water, but when you sleep you sweat, breathe and drink for hours – which dehydrates you.
Dehydration reduces alertness, increases those tired feelings and affects mental concentration.
Before you go to bed, put a glass of water beside you and drink the full glass as soon as you wake up.
It’s something I do each morning and I have done for a while and I can really feel the difference.
Start The Day With A Healthy Breakfast…
It’s been proven that people feel more alert after eating breakfast first thing in the morning.
If your breakfast is high in processed sugar, your energy will drop quickly.
Having a breakfast full of packed natural carbohydrates, fats and protein – alertness lasts longer throughout the morning.
My favorite is scrambled eggs on brown toast and a glass of orange juice.
Listen To Music…
Music has the ability to release feel-good chemicals throughout your body.
Starting your day with your favorite upbeat tunes can get you moving and it’s guaranteed to set your day off on a good note.
This one might sound obvious, but getting up to do something active in the morning gets your blood pumping and releases your feel-good chemicals.
It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous like going to a gym class or a run, it can be something as simple as going for a walk or doing some stretches in the comfort of your own home.
To sum it up, when it comes to sleep, less is more.
You need 6-7 hours of sleep on average each night, if you’re getting 9 or more, granted, any attempt to switch to less will leave you feeling groggy.
But only at first.
If you stick with it for around 30 days, it will eventually become a habit that leaves you feeling great with MORE energy.
Not only that, you’ll have MORE time in your life!
Rising earlier could help you to exercise more and give you time to plan and enjoy your day ahead…
Even get the housework done in peace if you wanted!
If you manage to make this a healthy habit by climbing out of bed just ONE hour earlier each morning, you will find spare time equivalent to an entire week in your life.