Active Living by Mary Linnen
For some of us getting out of bed in the morning is a daily battle, as we struggle to shake out of our deep sleep, shrug off feeling tired and force ourselves to recover from a bad night’s sleep.
Did you know that it’s important to take measures to make the most of these early hours and seize the day for the sake of the next 12 hours.
- Don’t hit the snooze button
Yes, we’re all guilty of it. But setting multiple alarms or pressing snooze leaves us more tired and groggy.
- Let the light in
Natural light stimulates the wakefulness centre in the brain which helps you get up naturally.
- Breathe Out
“Deep breathing is one of the most effective techniques to reduce stress in the body. This can slow the heartbeat and stabilise blood pressure.”
It also sends a message to both your brain and body to slow down, he adds, relieving any tension or stress felt in the morning.
- Take a shower
A nice steamy shower in the morning is sure to flush away any signs of snooziness. And science seems to agree.
- Drink Water
Feeling tired is a classic symptom of dehydration. And not getting enough H20 can cause other problems as the day goes on.
- Stretch it out
Incorporating a morning stretch or two into your wake up routine will do wonders for both your body and brain.