You won’t always look forward to waking up in the morning, but getting out of bed can be the real challenge. With a variety of reasons from lack of motivation to disrupted circadian rhythms, many of the times, you will agree that the problem goes beyond waking up. Getting out of bed is also important. And fast.
If you have difficulties getting out of bed in the morning, you may have experienced problems such as frequent lateness to work and laxity in performance. So how can you get up more quickly?
There are a few steps, some of which may seem a little geeky and difficult, that you can follow to get out of bed. However, once you learn their tricks, you will find getting out of bed a lot easier, faster and more effective!
- Retire when tired: Since it is the body’s natural process to regulate sleep-wake cycles in an average 24-hour cycle, it is only natural for us to retire at the same time each day. A glass of warm milk before bed or exercising before bed are examples of things to do to prepare your body for sleep. Not everyone can accomplish this and as a result, disruptions to your circadian rhythms occur. Similarly, avoid caffeine before going to bed. By maintaining a consistent sleep pattern, your body adjusts and establishes a healthy circadian rhythm.
- Keep a morning to-do list: It is very helpful to schedule your day this way, as the mind is relaxed and the body is set on a timer to accomplish the listed activities. To be successful, you must remind yourself why you need to get up early and why these activities are important. Remind yourself of the reasons you wish to rise earlier than usual, so you can take advantage of the extra time you have.
- Alarm devices should not be within reach: The snooze button on alarm devices is often a trigger happy place since you may have a habit of keeping them near your bed. You are also more likely to wake up groggy after the first snooze. Storing alarm devices far away from your bed could force you to get out of bed to turn them off. When you do get up, drink a glass of water. Get up and meditate. Spend several minutes meditating, either orally or by writing, once you are awake. This will help you find the drive to get up!
- Keep the blinds half-open and avoid screen devices: Half-open windows at night promote the production of melatonin (a natural sleep-inducing chemical). For this reason, too bright a screen at night (such as smartphones, TVs, or computers) should be avoided. With daylight filling your room, the body is prepared to begin the day since bright light inhibits melatonin synthesis.
You can make getting out of bed faster when you use these tips above. Getting out of bed in the morning is no easy task, but with these tips, you’ll be able to get out of bed faster.
Chizaram D. Ezugwu