By Damilola Faustino
Waking well-rested starts with getting enough sleep. It, therefore, follows that if you are getting enough sleep, you should be able to wake up on time without a morning alarm. But we all know this is easier said than done. here are ways to kick start your day on a happy, energised note:
Try to set the alarm clock for the same time every morning—including weekends. A constant wake-up call may make it progressively easier to jump out of bed.
Pick a new wake-up time and gradually work towards it. Want to rise at 7 a.m. but stuck at 8 a.m.? Start by setting the clock for 7:45, and move down in 15-minute increments until that new time goal is reached.
If you have a sleep debt to repay, it’s better to nap during the day than to mess up your nightly sleep schedule. That said, you don’t want a daytime sleep to keep you up at night.
Give yourself a motivation talk
Wondering what to do with that electronic-free hour? Use the time to get together anything you will need in the morning like a make-ahead breakfast or prep your gym bag. Shortening your morning to-do list just might make it easier to roll out of bed.
Temperature, noise, light and comfort can all impact your ability to sleep well. A cool, quiet room has been shown to be an effective sleep environment. And if your mattress leaves you achy, you’ve got a good excuse to upgrade — your health may depend on it!
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