Tired of waking up feeling like P. Diddy? With some easy tips you can become a morning person. This article gives some excellent advice on how to improve your quality of sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Hitting your snooze button way too often? Struggling to drag yourself from under the covers? Maybe your co-workers are tired of the fact that it’s impossible to have a conversation with you before 11am? It’s quite likely that there is a reason that you are feeling like you do. While some of us are never going to be morning people, there is much you can do to make sure your sleep time is working better for you. With a bit of help you can start waking up refreshed, invigorated and ready to take on the world.
The Truth About Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the nervous system. It increases your rate of respiration, your heart rate, muscle contractions, and promotes urination. So when you are drinking your morning espresso, you are going to get a buzz. It will take 15 minutes for the caffeine to hit your bloodstream and about 6 hours for the effects to wear off completely.
Some medical experts believe that coffee does not actually wake you up at all when consumed on a regular basis. Rather, over time your body becomes used to the effects of the caffeine, and requires them to function normally. The addictive properties of caffeine are strong. Doctors suggest that eating an apple may do more to raise your level of alertness than relying on a morning coffee.
If you are having problems sleeping at night, try cutting down on your caffeine intake. Don’t have more than one coffee or tea a day and make sure that you do so before lunch time.
How Many Hours of Sleep Are You Getting?
If you’re partying until 2am, then there’s a pretty good reason you feel terrible when your alarm goes off at 6am. A good amount of sleep to get each night is eight hours. So if you are getting up at 6am, try to get to bed at 10pm. In the earliest stages of sleep we actually still think we are awake, so lying in bed waiting for sleep to hit can still be beneficial.
Is the sleep you are getting of good quality? If you are getting a good amount of sleep each night and you’re still feeling tired, you may need to look at sleep quality. Sleep apnea is a condition where the sufferer wakes up several times each night without realizing it, leaving them tired and run down.
The mattress, pillows and linen you sleep on can also affect sleep quality. A bad mattress can be harmful to your back, neck and posture. If you’re not comfortable you may not be getting good quality sleep.
Many people are affected by dust mites. These microscopic creatures live inside your linen and feed off your dead skin. If you’re coughing and sneezing during the night, then you may have an allergy to dust mites. You can have a specialist company come out and clean your mattress, quilt and pillows to eliminate these pests.
Diet and Exercise
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help you sleep better and in turn feel better. A quick walk in the morning before work is a great way to start the day. Likewise, going to the gym after work can help to relieve stress and help you get to sleep at night.
The key to feeling great in the morning is getting quality rest. By looking after yourself and making sure you get the right amount of good quality sleep, you can start feeling better.