Waking up and feeling energized can be impossible most mornings (we're talking about you, Monday...), so we've compiled a few ways to soften the blow of that early morning wake up call.
Analyze Your Sleep
A major factor in waking up feeling refreshed is making sure you don’t interrupt a REM cycle. To make sure you complete a REM cycle you can track you sleep using apps on your phone. SleepBot will keep a record of how you sleep so that when you wake up you can see your sleep cycle. Using motion an sound sensing, it can tell when you fell asleep, how many times you woke up throughout the night and what disturbances caused you to wake up. Sleepytime tells you when to go to bed based on when you need to wake up by estimating 90 minutes for each sleep cycle.
Invite the Light
Depending on what time you need to wake up, open your shades either before you go to bed or right when you wake up. As dreaded as sunlight sounds the moment you open your eyes, the natural light will tell you body that it’s time to get up. The sunshine will energize you much more than a dark room will. Just this one tiny change can completely alter your entire morning.
Going from bed to the gym doesn’t sound super fun but it can seriously improve your entire day, especially your morning. Getting up and moving for even 20 minutes will supercharge your energy and metabolism. Multiple studies have shown that exercising increases alertness and brain power—a benefit that is essential for a long day of classes.
Once you get up, drink a large glass of water to really get you going. Make this a part of your morning routine and add ginger or lemon to aid in digestion. Ginger can also help ease muscle pain, improve circulation and boost the immune system.
Both blueberries and bananas are amazing first thing in the morning. Blueberries are filled with antioxidants, which are great for brain and cognitive health. Bananas can lower blood pressure, have mood boosting amino acids an are super high in potassium. The best part is that they are portable and great on-the-go.
Chia seeds and almonds are perfect to add to any breakfast to give you energy and help you get through your day. Chia seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and tons of minerals. The seeds expand up to three times their size when soaked in water, milk or any other liquid, allowing you to feel fuller longer. Almonds are filled with protein, can lower cholesterol, and have just as much calcium as a glass of milk.