Even if you’re a “morning person”, getting up once your alarm goes off is much easier said than done. Even worse is when that sluggish, tired feeling continues through the rest of your day. Many of us try to combat this by hitting the snooze button a couple of times and drinking a cup (or two) of coffee, but these things can potentially do more harm than good. In honor of Daylight Savings, we’ve put together a list of things to help you feel refreshed and ready to go!
Let in the sunshine
Open those curtains! Pull up those blinds! Light is a natural sign to your body that it’s time to wake up. It’s much easier to fall back asleep in a dark room, so let the sun give you that extra little push that you need to get out of bed.
Forget the snooze button
Five more minutes turns into 10 more minutes, 10 more minutes turns into you being late. Sometimes we’re just not ready for our alarm to go off, and the snooze button seems to delay the agony of getting up, but the truth is it hurts more than it helps. When you wake up to hit snooze and go back to sleep, you are restarting your sleep cycle even though you have to wake up in a few minutes. This means that you are only getting 5 minutes of light, poor quality sleep before you are jolted awake again, cutting off your sleep cycle early and leaving you groggy for the rest of the day. Try hitting the sack a little earlier the night before and resist the urge to snooze.
Drink lemon water right when you wake up
Drinking water is important any time of the day, but drinking it first thing in the morning has numerous benefits. A glass of water before breakfast with a little squeeze of lemon helps get your metabolism started and flushes out toxins from the day before. It also helps hydrate you after your body has gone roughly seven hours with no fluids. Cold and warm water with lemon are both good, so choose your own preference!
Stretching/morning yoga sequence or exercise if you’re feeling ambitious
Even though it seems like the last thing most of us want to do, getting moving bright and early can set the tone and give you energy for the rest of the day. There are many ways to do this, form simple stretching to a morning spin class, but no matter what you choose to do it will help increase your blood flow and boosts your metabolism, both of which help you feel more awake.
Don’t skip breakfast!
A healthy, balanced breakfast can be good for helping to manage metabolism and weight, increasing alertness, and boosting productivity throughout the day. We like to have our breakfast with a mix of protein, whole grains, and fruit or vegetables . Try some of our delicious breakfast recipes on our Organic Recipe page, like a Spring Omelet with whole wheat toast and fresh fruit!
Bonus: Try tea instead of coffee! It’s hydrating for your body and has the added benefit of free radical neutralizing antioxidants (check out our DIY tea tutorial on our Rudi’s Gluten-Free blog or Celestial Seasonings Tea if you’re not feeling up to making your own blend!)