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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:

waking up morning routine

Stay consistent

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.

Start slowly

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.

Nap cautiously

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

Remember, you don’t have to want to get up, you just have to do it. As you get going, ask yourself what it is you get to do that day, rather than what you have to do. Doing this will definitely inspire to have better mornings.

Eat and drink smart

You should not go to bed too full or too hungry, as the discomfort may keep you awake. The same goes for drinking caffeine and alcohol as they can your sleep.

Turn everything off

Research has shown that the blue light emitted by electronics like laptops and cell phones disturbs sleep even more than natural light. Turn off those electronic screens at least an hour before bed to make dozing easier.

Prep before bed.

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.

Get comfortable

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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