Wellness For Singles
Do you know someone, maybe a relative or close friend, who IS a morning person?  They just seem to have no problem getting up super early in the morning.  Not only that, but they don’t have to ease into the day like many of us non-morning people have to.  They are able to go from zero to awake in seemingly no time at all. 

As a non-morning person myself, I just don’t understand how that’s possible.  When I’m asleep I’m happy.  I’m comfortable under the covers, I’m peaceful – it’s great.  When I hear the squeal of my alarm go off though, all of that gets flushed down the toilet.  My mood goes from great to terrible.  My body starts to ache, my head starts to pound, and I become annoyed.  It is just another day that I have to leave paradise, my bed, and enter the real world.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my job – so that isn’t the issue, though it may be for some others.  It is just the act of being so violently yanked out of my peaceful slumber that gets to me.  I feel as though I need so much more time than everyone else to get my body going.  So, I’m stuck – either I wake up extra early, sacrificing sleep, but gaining extra time to wake up.  Or, I rough it out and start the day in a grumpy haze.  It was a constant battle that I went through for a number of years.

Recently, a friend of mine gave me some suggestions on how to drain some of the terrible out of mornings.  Not all of these tips will work for you, and chances are none of them will rid you of your hatred of the morning completely – however even a little help can go a long way.

The first thing my friend brought up was my diet.  Now, I eat relatively well most of the time, but like many other people I eat greasy or sugary foods every so often – and I don’t even think twice about it.  We all know, as great as these foods taste, they ARE also doing a bit of harm to our bodies.  Obviously fattening/sugary foods can affect our physical appearance, but they can also affect us psychologically as well.  We can become sluggish, lazy, and/or indifferent.  It sounds cliché, but your body is a machine.  We get out what we put in.  Treat it right and hopefully you’ll be on your way to feeling better and becoming at least a little more of a morning person.

In addition, my friend made a comment on the amount of coffee I drink on a weekly basis – I was embarrassed when I actually added everything up.  I love coffee – it tastes great and it gets me going in the morning.  I don’t think I’d ever be able to give it up completely, but 2-3 cups a day…that might be a bit excessive.  Coffee provides the caffeine we desire to give us a power boost, usually in the mornings.  For the most part it works great, but it isn’t great for your body in such high doses.  How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?  Has that number increased overtime?  Now, I’m not necessarily classifying coffee as a drug, BUT like many other drugs your body builds up a tolerance to the caffeine in coffee over time, forcing you to drink more and more to receive the same effect.  In addition, when you consider the sugary, fattening, yet delicious, coffee varieties that places like Starbucks offers, you can see how multiple cups of coffee a day can be doing more harm than good in the long-run.

 My friend asked about my physical activity.  I try to get out whenever possible – hitting the treadmill, or working on some weights – but I don’t have the time to do it every day.  Sometimes, depending on my workload I may go entire weeks without working out.  This lack of activity, my friend suggested, might also be affecting my sleeping habits.  Working your body, making it physically tired will hopefully force you to hit the hay a little earlier every night.  Your body will be exhausted and you’ll experience a better, deeper sleep.  When you wake up, hopefully you’ll be more refreshed and rejuvenated – ready to start the day.  It is similar to the tactic that many parents employ with their young children.  Tire them out during the day, so when bed time comes they’re out for the count.

Lastly, here are a few mini-tips that my friend provided to help prevent sleeping through your alarm.  First, set more than one.  Set your clock radio and your phone.  The more alarms you have, the less likely you’ll be to sleep through them all.  Second, don’t watch television or play games on your laptop/tablet/phone while in bed.  When you decide it is time to go to sleep, go to your bed and go to sleep.  If you distract yourself with television or other media, you’ll only be delaying the time it takes for your body to fall asleep.  Studies have shown that once you get your brain working – focusing on the television for example - the harder it is to go to sleep when you do eventually turn it off.  Finally, try not to go to sleep on a full stomach.  When you’re full, your body needs to work to digest the food.  It can be difficult to silence your mind, when your body is working so hard to breakdown the meal in your stomach.  Try to eat a little earlier, giving your food time to get digested.  You’ll be happier and more comfortable under the sheets.

So, I hope this has helped at least somewhat.  Do you have any tips for getting to sleep quicker, staying asleep longer, or feeling more refreshed when you wake up?  Please share them with us; we are always happy to hear from you.  Thanks everyone, and Sweet Dreams.

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I recently read drinking a big glass of water immediately when you wake up helps awaken your whole body & mind, and it really works. I've only tried it for a week but have seen a big difference. From one night owl to another, thanks for the article!
Jan 31st 2013