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7 Tips to Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed

7 Tips to Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed

If you happen to feel sleepy during the day and experience irritability or forgetfulness, it’s an indication that you aren’t getting enough sleep. Apart from sleep quality, waking up the right way is also essential for our mood, cognition, and physical performance. Finding a practical approach may take trial and error as everyone reacts differently.

5-Minute Crafts examined some of the safest and most practical strategies to wake someone up from their sleep correctly.

1. Sleep in the correct positions to wake up without pain.

There’s a fine line between waking up properly and waking up incorrectly. And sometimes sleeping in the wrong position may ruin the rest of your day, causing morning stiffness, which contributes to pain in your neck, back, or all-over morning pain.

Sleeping on your stomach is a big no-no if you have lower back issues, as it exerts a lot of pressure on your spine, resulting in strained muscles and bending your neck in a weird position and causing immense pain. You can try sleeping on your back in a neutral position by keeping a pillow under your knees. Alternatively, you can also sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.

2. Take it slow when you get up out of bed.

Begin by using your arms to sit up really slowly, then move your legs off the bed. Plant your feet on the ground, at least shoulder-width apart, then stand up slowly with the help of your leg strength, rather than using your back, to stand up. Then reach your arms up above your head, slowly stretching from side to side. This helps in relieving a lot of tension.

3. Turn on the music.

Playing your favorite songs when you wake up will surely boost your mood and enhance your productivity as well. Studies have shown that a person having default or loud alarm tones may wake up with a pounding heart, headaches, and more. However, waking up to melodic or happy songs make your day much better.

4. Use an alarm, but keep it out of your reach.

The reason we suggest keeping an alarm at a distance is because the more you get up from your bed at the same time every day, the more your body will be used to this routine and keep the internal clock in sync. Also, avoid hitting “snooze” on the alarm over and over at all costs.

The activity of pressing the snooze button repeatedly is known as drockling and it can hamper your morning routine significantly. It also messes up your body’s internal clock, which makes you feel cranky and not refreshed after you wake up.

5. Use scent.

Many potent scents, such as the smell of coffee, bacon, etc., and aromatherapy help you wake up. Because the brain is still active when sleeping, it can identify certain scents through millions of sensory neurons at the back of the nose. You can get rid of your old, dreadful wake-ups by picking the best aromas to feel alert, such as peppermint, rosemary, citrus, sage, eucalyptus, ginger, and many more.

6. Allow in the natural light.

Usually, on a dark, rainy day, you feel too lazy to get up. This happens because the body needs natural light to reset its internal clock. Hence, it is recommended to spend some time in the sunlight to reap more of its benefits.

  • It promotes serotonin in your body, a feel-good chemical.
  • It promotes the production of melatonin in your body when it’s time to sleep, so it improves your sleep quality.
  • Sunlight is also the best source of vitamin D that helps in maintaining calcium in your body. This keeps your bones strong by keeping the brittle, thin, and misshapen ones away.
  • It strengthens your immune system.

Alternatively, you can also use artificial light boxes that mimic sunlight if it is not accessible to you for some reason. They’re a tad expensive but effective. Also, you may need to consult your doctor to understand how to make these gadgets improve your sleep cycle.

7. Avoid checking your phone as soon as you wake up.

Reaching out for your phone as soon as you wake up may sound tempting, but it can actually bring down your progress and your day significantly. Using social media and email may consume a lot of your precious time, leaving you hasty and with less time for your morning routine as well.

In case you do have some extra time in the morning, instead of catching up with your phone notifications, indulge in activities that make you feel grounded, such as journaling, meditation, etc.

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