Friday,24 November, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1280, (28 January - 3 February 2016)
Friday,24 November, 2017
Issue 1280, (28 January - 3 February 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Battling morning grogginess

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

In cold winter temperatures, getting out of bed in the morning can be a struggle for many of us. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, caffeine-free ways to overcome sleepy mornings.

Rather than relying on coffee, fight that drowsy “just woke up” feeling and take control of things the natural way. Try these tried-and-tested, grogginess-fighting techniques to combat sleepy mornings and start your day fully awake and ready to go.

Wake up at the same time every day: Studies show that getting up at the same time every day will improve the quality of your sleep and help you get out of bed more easily. By setting the alarm for the same time each day, you’ll reset your body’s internal clock, making it much easier to start your day with energy and a positive outlook. But remember, sleeping late on the weekends can make it even harder to get up in the morning during the week.

Use scents: Waking up your sense of smell is a great way to awaken the rest of your mind. Smelling a scented candle first thing in the morning can activate parts of your brain that will help you kick the sleepiness. You might want to keep fragrant-smelling essential oils on your nightstand for an early-morning boost.

Keep a sleep log: Does going to bed at a specific time give you more energy? Does getting out of bed at the same time each day keep you going longer? Write down how you feel each morning as you incorporate these anti-drowsiness techniques into your life. Different techniques can be more effective for different people. That’s why it is crucial to keep a journal of your sleep habits and your drowsiness levels to help you to experiment and strike the right balance for you.

Shower in the morning: Showering in the morning is a great way to quickly wake up both your mind and body. Experts recommend switching back and forth between hot and cold water in the morning. The fast changes in temperature will increase your alertness and get you mentally prepared to take on the day.

Let the sun in: Get as much light in your room as possible in the morning. If it is a cloudy day or if you are up before the sun rises, artificial light can be just as effective at increasing your alertness levels.

Exercise: Nothing gets the brain in gear quite like an early-morning workout. Doing a few jumping jacks or simply jogging in place for 30 seconds will release chemicals in your body that will have you awake and alert in no time.
Drink a glass of water: Water is an effective tool for battling sleepiness. When you wake up your body will be somewhat dehydrated from having gone hours without water. Combat this with a tall glass of cool water. And remember, a hydrated body is a more energised body.

Play a happy tune: Just as waking up your sense of smell can fight drowsiness, waking up your sense of hearing can have the same effect. Put on some upbeat music or tune into one of your favourite radio shows to help activate your brain.

Eat breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can give you the energy you need to kick things into higher gear. Focus on energy-boosting breakfast foods such as yogurt, fruit and breakfast meats.

Get right up: It might be a struggle to avoid hitting that “snooze” button, but snoozing only keeps your mind and body in a sleepy state. As soon as you hear the alarm, get out of bed. Do a stretch or two if you need to, but get on your feet as quickly as possible.

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