Have you ever had one of those mornings where you do not have the energy to get out of bed? Well, morning fatigue is a common issue for many people. And while it is important to identify all underlying issues (to help ensure a good night’s rest), here are seven ways to feel more energetic and awake in the mornings.
One of the most beneficial things you can do for your health is to make sure you drink water. Not only does drinking water first thing in the morning help provide your body with the proper hydration it needs for the day. But it also helps combat any sleepiness due to mild hydration. Try drinking a glass of water right when you wake up, and stop dehydration in its tracks!
Do you wake up in the morning with a stiff body? Do you find it hard to get going in the morning? Try performing some simple stretches when you get up. Many people stretch instinctively in the mornings (like stretching their arms up and moving their legs). Performing some simple stretching first thing in the morning can help promote circulation while warming up your muscles – which can aid in waking up! To help your body wake up in the morning, try waking up 5 minutes earlier and doing some simple stretching or yoga poses.
Are you ready to start your day off on the right foot? Even though waking up early in the morning and working out while tired might not sound alluring, there are a lot of benefits of quick exercises right when you wake up. From stimulating the body and getting your blood flowing to helping you feel more alert, one important thing to remember is that your morning workout does not need to be intense. Try simple activities to get your heart rate and breathing up, and to help your body wake up – such as short brisk walks, a couple of jumping jacks, or even dancing to music.
Take A Cold Shower
Are you looking for a way to feel energized and refreshed in the morning? To start your day off right, try taking a cold shower. While a warm shower has the tendency to relax your body and mind (perfect for the end of a long hard day), cold showers have the opposite effect – increasing heart rate, blood flow, and circulation due to deep tissue blood vessels dilation (due to the cold). An alternative (with a similar effect) would be to splash cold water on your face. So, try taking a cold shower (or splashing cold water on your face) in the morning and start your day feeling refreshed and energized!
Eat A Light Breakfast
Have you ever heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well, that is a true statement. Breakfast is super important in providing your body with the proper nutrients to be energized for the day. But did you know that it might have the opposite effect on someone who eats a large breakfast? Try having a smaller and healthier breakfast (like oatmeal, cereals, eggs, fruits, or veggies) to help you start your day off quicker while sustaining your energy levels.
Another great way to help you feel more energized in the morning is by letting your body soak in some Vitamin D when you wake up in the morning. This is because, located in sunlight is a short wavelength of blue light that is known to stimulate the brain – suppressing melatonin in the brain and fighting sleepiness. So, in the morning, when you are drinking your coffee, sit outside and enjoy the beautiful morning sun. Or, instead of walking or running on the treadmill, try going for a walk around your neighborhood.
Develop Good Sleeping Habits
One of the best ways to make sure that you are feeling more energetic in the morning is to make sure that you are developing and following good sleeping habits. If you are someone who wakes up in the morning feeling tired, you should take a look at your nighttime routine and make sure of the following:
- That you are sleeping 7 to 9 hours every night.
- That you are avoiding bright lights and loud noises (like TVs, computers, mobile screens, etc.).
- That all bedroom lights are turned off.
- That you are going to bed/waking up at the same time every day (establishing your sleep schedule).
- Establish a relaxing before-bed routine (like taking a warm bath, reading, etc.).
- Ensure you avoid stimulants shortly before bed (such as exercises, caffeine, etc.).