Do you feel less energetic or grumpy when you wake up in the morning? The way you feel in the morning pretty much decides the way you will feel for the entire day, unless you are up to something exiting.
I recently noticed that the way I feel when I wake up in the morning is somewhat unusual. It felt like something is blocking my mind and there is no feel of freshness at all. You have a lot of positive things on your mind and such kind of feeling in the morning usually has a negative impact on your thought process.
What should usually be happening in the morning?
- You should feel absolutely fresh and energetic
- You should be able to carry out your chores smoothly
- Plan and organize your rest of the day
- Look forward to living another great day in your life
When you wake up in the morning you are already a bit dehydrated it takes some effort to pull yourself out of the bed. You manage to do that and say to yourself ,”Ok, let me splash some water over my face and I will be wide awake and fresh.” If this doesn’t do the trick then you rush for a cup of coffee. The coffee stimulates your senses, you feel more alert but you still long for that feel of freshness.
I realized that some thing is going wrong and I had to find some solutions to overcome these problems. I started looking out for answers over the internet and I found out that making some small changes can bring about great results.
Things you can do to feel fresh and energetic when you wake up in the morning
- Sleep like a baby: Of course you must have worked on your sleep before reading this stuff, but it’s really important to hold on to a good 7 to 8 hours of deep sleep. There is nothing better than a good sleep to relax and refresh your mind. Listen to your body well, if you feel like sleeping forget everything else and hit the bed.
- What do you eat for dinner? Have you really been concerned about what you are eating before you go to sleep? If not then this is the time you really should be. The meal portions should be considerably lighter and should be very low on carbohydrates. Have a gap of 3 hours minimum before you go to sleep.
- Alcohol is a sleep killer: You make a feel very relaxed and sleepy after consuming alcohol but it will cause your brain to awaken 3 to 4 hours after your last drink. You are also likely to wake up for bathroom trips during the night and catching up on sleep after that may be difficult. Have enough water after your drinks and flush out alcohol form your bloodstream before you hit the bed.
- What is your environment when you sleep? What you wear when you are in your bed definitely matters a lot. The type of pillows, pillow covers, mattresses, bed sheets, pullover have an impact on your sleep. Your should be wearing lose-fitting cotton clothes and if you are wearing a t-shirt, make sure fits lose at your neck. If the t-shirts are tight at the neck, the body temperature may rise during your sleep and at one point you may lose your sleep due to the over heating of your body. Basically, the environment in which you sleep should help your skin to breathe and sustain your sleep for the entire 7 to 8 hours.
- Have a healthy breakfast in time: If your are not feeling energetic in the morning then one reason could be that you are delaying your breakfast. Try having breakfast within an hour after you wake up. Don’t just sit with that news paper for hours as you are still empty stomach and your brain needs energy to do your reading. Have a fibre rich breakfast as fibre will have a time releasing effect on carbs, so they will enter the bloodstream at a slow and a steady pace providing energy for a longer period of time.
- Don’t miss out on Omega-3’s: Fuel your brain with Omega-3 fatty acids, as they help in keeping your brain cells healthy and helping you feel mentally alert. Crush a handful of walnuts and add them to your oat meal or muesli at breakfast. Tuna and salmon are another great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Get enough sunlight after you wake up: How much sunlight do you see when you wake up? If you are receiving very little sunlight then it might not help in making you feel fresh and awake. Sunlight is essential as it hits the pineal gland in your brain and reduces melatonin production. As the melatonin levels fall you feel more awake and fresh.
- Get hydrated well after you wake up: When you wake your body is already in a bit of dehydrated state. Have at least couple of glasses of plain water as it will help to kick-start your metabolism thus helping you feel more alert and awake. Add a dash of lemon in the water to give some citric boost to your body.
- Exercise: Do I even have to tell you what kind of benefits exercise will have on your body? What an idiot will I be to talk about this. We probably are just too lazy to consider working out in the morning, as it takes some effort. But seriously if you really want to feel alive and kicking in the morning then a simple 20 min run outside will do wonders for you. The more fitter you get, the more energetic you will feel in the morning.
There is nothing like a good mood and a feeling of freshness and energy in the morning. Unfortunately the kind of lifestyle we have embraced may have a negative impact on our sleeping patterns and thus on the way we feel in the morning. If this is already affecting you, its time to make some necessary changes to overcome this problem. What have you done lately to feel more energetic and fresh in the morning?