Waking up a few times during the night is normal, but tossing and turning all night long isn’t. When you barely catch a wink, the next day feels like an endless slog. On the other hand, good sleep helps you physically, mentally and emotionally. How can you wake up feeling more rested?
1. Enjoy Natural Light
It can be tempting to install blackout curtains in your bedroom and revel in comfy darkness, but the first thing you should do when you get up in the morning is let in some light. Morning sunlight is good for your emotions, energy levels, attitude and alertness.
Interestingly, this burst of natural light can also help you sleep better at night. The sun’s rays are like setting an alarm clock for bedtime. Your entire circadian rhythm is based on sunlight.
2. Put Anxiety Into Words
If anxiety over tomorrow’s activities is your sleep kryptonite, take action to calm your mind. The solution can be as simple as keeping a notepad on your bedside table.
As part of your nighttime routine, quickly jot down everything you’re anxious about. You’ll probably notice that only one (or none) of the things is urgent.
Circle the task you’re going to focus on in the morning. Then, turn off your brain. This short “planning” session can help you wake up rested, which, ironically, helps you be more productive.
3. Move Your Muscles
Exercise really does get your blood pumping. A brisk morning walk, some stretches in bed or dancing to your favorite tunes can help energize you, reduce pain and inflammation, and give you a positive outlook for the day. People who exercise fall asleep more easily at night, too.
Invest in Sleep
These quick tips aren’t rocket science. Even people with a busy schedule can benefit. As a well-known brand once said: Just do it! Invest in better sleep to wake up with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.