Wake up easier – even when you’re not a morning person

No matter what age you are, waking up in the morning can be a challenge. Unless you’re part of that rare breed of naturally early risers, consider our tips for coping with the morning wake-up.

With your cosy duvet and fluffy feather pillow encouraging a long lie in, it’s not surprising that many of us find it difficult to get moving when the alarm goes off —especially in winter! Luckily, there are a few simple ways you can help ensure you start fresh day in and day out.

Keep a glass of water on your bedside table 

A couple of sips of water first thing in the morning can help ignite your palate for the day. By now we all know that we are supposed to drink around eight glasses of water each day, so why not get started right away? Drinking water as soon as you get up is said to help with a host of health issues, including cell renewal, purifying the colon and balancing the lymph system, plus it helps give your skin a nice, healthy glow!

Take time to stretch

A short stretching routine can also help wake those tired eyes. You can do shoulder rolls, side stretches and overhead reaches while you’re still sitting in bed, so there’s no reason to jump straight up right away. Instead, it helps you ease out of your sleepiness gradually. Stretching in the morning will not only help wake you up, but it will also keep you feeling more energetic and mobile throughout the day.

Wash your face with a warm cloth

Soak a washcloth in warm water during your morning trip to the loo and spend a minute or two washing your face with it. Your skin cells will feel invigorated and it’ll make these cold winter mornings a bit more bearable.

Try to catch the sunrise 

Nothing says ‘Good morning’ like the sunrise. Set your alarm to catch the sun coming up every once in a while or, if that’s just too early for you, get a sunrise alarm. Sunrise alarms ease you into your wakeup, as they gradually get lighter over a set period of time—typically a half hour. An added bonus? You can use the alarm’s ‘sunset’ setting to help you wind down in the evening.

Get a coffee machine with a timer 

Finally, for all the caffeine lovers out there, it’s worth investing in a coffee maker with a timer setting. Why wait that 10 minutes in the morning for your coffee to brew if you don’t have to? Spend the time it would’ve taken you to make the coffee sitting quietly with the newspaper or a book and slowly ease into your day.

What’s your wake-up routine?


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22nd Mar 2015
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Days are long enough already so why get up early?
I emerge from my lair at 9am and I consider that quite reasonable taking into account that I don't retire until 3am.

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