Tips to Feel More Energized in the Morning

Easy steps to get out of bed smiling

By Elena Gorgan on January 28th, 2010 19:21 GMT
When exhaustion kicks in, it seems like every morning when the alarm goes off is hell on earth. Even if that’s not the case, it’s a well-known fact that some people are simply not morning persons, therefore have serious problems getting out of bed in the morning and on their way to work. There are ways to spring out of the bed sheets smiling and, as FitSugar puts it, they’re not even that difficult.

The first thing to do to make sure waking up and, most importantly, getting out of the bed is not such a terrible ordeal is to have the alarm ring at the same hour every day. Whether we like it or not, that also includes weekends, which means no sleeping in late on Saturdays and Sundays because that messes up our energy levels, FitSugar assures us. Instead of waking up at noon on weekends, we should stick to the same hour as the rest of the week and then make up for lost sleep with a nap.

Next up: forgetting that the snooze button exists. “I used to do it,” FitSugar says. “I’d set my alarm way early, knowing that I’d hit the snooze button three times. Somehow I felt like it made getting up easier, but those extra nine, 18, or 27 minutes you snooze won’t offer you deep, restful sleep. You’re better off setting your alarm for the time you want to wake up. Allowing yourself to sleep until then will help you feel less tired once you do step out of bed,” it is further said. In fact, studies have shown in the past that the few minutes of sleep we get in between the first time the alarm rings and the time we actually get out of bed do nothing in terms of making us feel more rested.

After we’ve managed to get ourselves out of bed, we should try drinking a glass of water first things first, FitSugar recommends. This will help us stay hydrated and boost our metabolism, which means we should feel more alert right after gulping the water down. Waking up with music instead of a regular (and annoying) alarm clock is also a great idea, especially if we’re talking favorite artists, because that should bring us instantly into a better mood.

“Eat a protein-rich breakfast. If you eat a carb-heavy breakfast like pancakes or a muffin, you’ll end up feeling sluggish, since your body has to work hard to break them down. Reach for a protein-rich breakfast instead. Yogurt, eggs, smoothies, or milk with a high-protein cereal are excellent choices. Protein will make you feel full and give you sustained energy until lunch,” FitSugar also advises. 
Getting up in the morning and feeling energized is more of a question of practice, report says
   Getting up in the morning and feeling energized is more of a question of practice, report says
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