How to get up in the Morning

Now this might seem like an odd title for a blog post but in all honesty, after going through university and being part of the working world for three years now, I’ve only just figured out how to get up in the mornings feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.  It sounds silly but as I’m such a light sleeper who can often wake up in the middle of the night, I find that a little routine really helps me get myself up and about in the morning.
The Night Before…
I’m very strict with myself and my iPhone and MacBook go off at least 30 minutes before I go to bed.  I was one of those people who would check their iPhone up until the minute they fell asleep but I worked out it was hindering my sleep pattern.  I don’t mind watching TV in the living room before going to bed but TV in bed is now a complete no-no on weekdays.  If I want snuggle down in bed I’ll usually take my book – I’m rereading The Hunger Games series at the moment.
Recently I’ve been lucky enough to acquire a Lumie Bodyclock Iris* which includes a ‘sunset’ mode which you can combine with aromatherapy oils to relax you before you sleep.  Around half an hour before I’m ready for sleep, and usually after a nice hot bath, the Lumie begins to fade the light on my bedroom and fills the room with my personal favourite scent for bringing on sleep, lavender.  By the time the light is fully faded, I’m really to sleep and it never takes me long to drift off after that.
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris has made such a difference to my ability to get up on cold winter mornings too.  As a light sleeper, I have to have black out blinds in my room which are notorious for disrupting your body’s natural reaction to sunlight in the mornings -waking up.  The Lumie light is a fantastic way of rebalancing that process.  I have my Lumie set so the sun begins to rise (the lamp gets gradually lighter) half an hour before my alarm is due to go off.  This usually wakes me up around two minutes before my actual alarm goes off.  I’ve noticed such a difference since I started using my Lumie.  I have more energy to get out of bed without hitting that snooze button and I’ve noticed that I haven’t been getting as tired in the afternoons either.  Lumie’s are great for people with S.A.D, especially during these winter months but having discussed it with friends, there are a few who don’t suffer from it but still swear by these types of lights.  My experience has been really positive.  You can also add an aromatherapy oil for ‘sunrise’ mode too and I think a citrus one would be perfect for the get up and go!!
A Glass of Water
The first thing I do when I get out of bed is have a large glass of water.  I think I once read somewhere that if you drink a glass of water as soon as you get up it will boost your metabolism.  Now I’m not sure if that’s true or not but I find having a glass really refreshing and further causes my body to wake up.
Fresh Air
I’m really lucky in that I get to walk to work which does wonders for grogginess in the morning.  If you don’t have the luxury, try getting off public transport a stop earlier (which will also do wonders for your health) or open the window a tad in your car even if it’s a bit chilly.
On a weekday, I actually have my breakfast in the office.  I tend to alternate between fruit salads (normally strawberry, apple, grapes and watermelon) and crumpets with either a protein spread or Nutella.  I’m usually in my office around a hour after I’ve gotten out of bed so I don’t feel too guilty about leaving it this late to eat.  Ideally I’d like to eat at home but I prefer my extra 10 minutes in bed.
So there you have it.  Some simple steps that allow me to wake up in the morning and go about my day without that groggy feeling.  It feels so good and I don’t miss my extra 9 minutes of bed time in the morning at all.  I’ve had a few questions about whether I’d recommend the Lumie lamps and I would say yes, 100% my new flatmate is even considering getting one as she’s seeing the benefits.  you can check out their full range HERE as they have lots of different models for different budgets.  Do you have any special routines in the morning to beat that groggy feeling?
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