We know the many benefits of waking up early but we love our beds so much so that it’s easier said than done. Therefore we came up with some healthy habits you can adopt so that you can finally make it in time for those dreaded 8am lectures. The first step forward is always the hardest so stop procrastinating and get going now!
#1 No caffeine
It’s fine if you need a little pick-me-up in the morning but remember to avoid caffeine after lunch as it takes a few hours for your body to fully metabolise it. Besides coffee and tea, take note that cola, green tea, energy drinks and some painkillers contain caffeine, so it’s best that you avoid them during dinner.
#2 Prep for your sleep
Hot showers relaxes the body and once you step out of the bathroom into a cold room, the drop in body temperature will cause you to feel drowsy. Ensure that your bedroom is a conducive environment for relaxing and if possible, set the temperature of the room to 21°C as it’s the optimal temperature for sleeping.
#3 Let there be light
Leave the curtains and blinds open for natural light to fill the room during sunrise. You will be naturally awakened by the change in room temperature and the warmth from the sun is sure to perk you up. If the sunlight is too strong for your liking, you can go for sheer curtains so that the sun wouldn’t hit your straight in the face but will fill the room with sunlight at the same time.
#4 Cut down on screen time
No matter if it’s your laptop/cellphone/tablets, screens in general inhibit the production of melatonin, a chemical in your body which is responsible for making you drowsy. Try to cut down on screen time before bed, if not, turn on the night shift mode on your mobile devices and set the timing for the screen to switch at least 2 hours before your sleep. This is so that you wouldn’t strain your eyes and give your body ample time to adjust for bed accordingly.
#5 Don’t snooze
We enter a deep sleep cycle or as some might call it REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep every 70 – 90 minutes and when you are disrupted during this period of time, you often end up feeling grouchy and tired. This explains why you end up even more exhausted despite clocking in an additional 20 minutes of sleep when you hit that snooze button. Stop making it a habit and wake up immediately after you alarm goes off – you’ll be more refreshed that way.
#6 Catch the “worm”
Have something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning. Whether it’s bumping into that cute guy at the bus stop or prepping that awesome breakfast to start the day or leaving the house earlier to catch more Pokémon on the way to school/work, get yourself psyched up for the day when you get out of bed.
When you get the hang of waking up early, give these other healthy habits a go! At Teenage, we believe that we all should aim to better ourselves constantly.