Are you zapped with zero energy in the mornings?
Are you also wondering what it takes to be a morning person that has loads of energy after waking up?
First off, if you have exhaustion in the morning and are struggling to wake up feeling like your normal self, you are not alone.
Many of us have those mornings in which we can’t shake an ounce of energy out of ourselves, even though technically we’ve had enough sleep.
To top things off, in order to enjoy those exhausting days, many of us keep having cups after cups of coffee by our side, hoping to just get through the day.
It’s safe to say that it’s about time we end this vicious cycle, so we can start feeling better in the mornings.
To help you out, here are 10 helpful and powerful morning tips to harness extra energy, vitality, and strength, that your mornings wholeheartedly deserve.
1. Start the night before so you don’t have to think about the little things.
Sleep experts will say this over and over again, that waking up early and becoming a morning person, doesn’t just happen in the morning time.
Most morning people who have bountiful energy in the mornings have that energy because they prepped the night before.
They all know that getting a few things done and out of the way the night before, will help them sustain the energy that they’ve cooped up for themselves while sleeping, that way they are better prepared and equipped morning people.
So that’s what you need to do, to carry out a morning routine that has loads of energy for yourself, especially if you are finding it hard to feel good after you first wake up.
Start the night before so you have very little to no thinking to do after you wake up, and so you have everything you need to be sorted already finished.
Lay out your clothes the night prior, have your breakfast ready and waiting for you in the fridge, preset your coffee maker the night before so that when morning comes, all you have to do is flick it on, with no thinking required.
And if you need some more insightful night routine ideas, check out these 9-night rituals that you should never forget to do before you go to bed.
2. Don’t have coffee to wake up & Stop your caffeine intake early.
Now that you’ve been told to preset your kettle the night before, sleep experts suggest coffee is totally okay, but to not rely on having coffee within your first hour of waking up. If you do, you will disrupt your body’s natural wake-up hormone serotonin and your body requires this to wake up properly.
Not only that but if you have coffee too late in the day as well, that late caffeine kick can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle and cause you to feel even more groggy in the mornings, thus throwing you in the spiral of not becoming the morning person you wish to be.
The best way to avoid this is to wait an hour after you wake up to have your first hit of caffeine and avoid caffeine at least 5 hours before bedtime.
3. Use a handy sleep app to track your sleep cycle.
The most effective way to get up early is to go to bed early the night prior because good sleep is paramount for morning people and most morning people who have loads of energy, usually have overcome their late nights long before they became a morning person.
Plus, even though we’re adults, and it goes without saying, that we haven’t had a bedtime in many many years, going to bed earlier (than your usual sleep time), will really help you win your mornings back with more energy.
So to help yourself out, give yourself a bedtime, stick to it and try out one of these 15 sleep apps to help you fall asleep faster!
4. Wake up 15 to 30 minutes earlier, in weekly increments, even on weekends.
The thing is, is that becoming a morning person is no different from starting any skill that you would like to be good at. Plus we all know that waking up with loads of energy is not going to happen overnight.
The first couple of weeks will take a lot of self-disciple and self-motivation, but the more you stick with it, the more energy you’ll have in the mornings, once the body starts getting used to it.
The best way to see this through is to wake up gradually, 15 to 30 minutes earlier, in weekly increments. Try to also refrain from sleeping in on the weekends for faster results.
5. Create a ‘reach zone’ to stand up straight away.
If you are one of those people who like hitting the snooze button multiple times, then you have to be aware that the only way to fix this issue is by creating a ‘reach zone’ for your alarm or phone and getting out of bed to turn it off, when it sounds.
Find a place in your room (preferably by the door) that is the furthest away from your bed for your alarm. You can then reach for the door right away and jump in the shower after your feet have hit the floor.
Plus, getting out of bed and walking to your alarm will give you the power and energy you need to stay up — if you stay standing!
6. Have a morning ritual that really excites you.
Most morning people all have one thing in common — they love their morning rituals!
Their morning rituals are something little special that they all just love to do, right after they get out of bed.
Whether that be a simple morning exercise, an easy meditation, a healthy morning drink, or a delicious morning croissant, they love doing it every single morning without waver.
Try adding something to your morning routine that excites you, (something that you don’t usually do in the mornings) and stick to that for the first week and see how your energy feels after.
7. Make morning light your new BFF.
Having a well-lit room for that natural morning sunrise is always going to be essential for waking up with energy.
But the good news is, this doesn’t require that you have to have windows in order to benefit from it.
The only thing that matters is that there is light. So whether it’s natural or artificial, your brain can’t tell the difference!
Plus, enhancing serotonin in the mornings is one of the building blocks of producing a healthy morning brain and light therapy is just as good as the real thing.
Consider investing in a light therapy lamp for your winter mornings or if you sleep in a dark room all year long, and see how that benefits your energy levels a few weeks after you use it.
8. Perspire to sleep better.
Sleep experts say that exercise not only lowers your blood pressure, but also reduces stress and anxiety, and helps you wake up feeling well-rested.
So if you can create a morning or mid-afternoon exercise, you will feel your body naturally rest well at night, and you’ll have so much energy ready to do it the next day.
9. Avoid long daytime naps.
The next time your body really needs a nap and you cave in, you might want to think twice about that.
Sleep experts say that when our bodies reach the deep REM sleep stage that is usually after the first 20 mins of sleep, that’s when our bodies start the rigorous process of restoring our body’s cells.
When it does this, it takes a lot of energy to regain consciousness than if you had held off and waited for bedtime. So if you really need to nap, keep it short and under 15 minutes.
10. Eat better, sleep better, wake up better.
Most sleep experts agree that diet and sleep go hand-in-hand.
They also say that if you’re eating junk in the evenings, your body is going to spend more energy digesting that food, then it will be rebuilding your body.
Remember, sleeping is only to rest and restore your body’s energy and shouldn’t be for anything else, and improving your diet is one of the best ways to restoring your sleep so you can wake up with all that extra energy.
You can eat better to sleep better by meal planning, taking adaptogens, drinking more water, learning to stop snacking at night, and being conscious of what you are feeding your body on a daily basis.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!