Sleeping is one of the more curious and wonderful things in our lives. Waking up is another story. Too often we get stuck in odd sleep cycles and find ourselves waking up groggy and miserable. How do I do it? How can I learn to wake up refreshed every morning?

Here are some of the things to consider learning and finding within yourself that can help you learn how to wake up feeling refreshed.

1. Discovering what gets you fired up.

Remember what waking up as a kid was like? Saturday morning cartoons? Your Birthday? There was excitement in the air, and waking up wasn’t a problem; sleeping was.

Wake up for you. Don’t wake up just for you job, or wake up because you have to wake up. Wake up for you. Find a reason to get up earlier and find something that you love to do in the morning.

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2. Stretching

If you watch any animal in nature or human babies, the first thing they do when they wake up is stretch. It’s a natural stimulant to get the blood flowing. It has the additional benefit of helping work any joints and preventing injury.

3. The Classic Tips

  • Exercise regularly during the day, helps you sleep at night and helps you wake up more easily.
  • A healthy diet will give you a more rested sleep and open up your morning.
  • Turning off electronics 30 minutes before sleep – this will help you fall asleep faster.
  • Avoid caffeine in the hours before bed. Caffeine effects your deep rem sleep cycle.

4. A routine for when you wake up

The first 30 minutes after waking up are moments you’ll be more susceptible to going back to sleep. You want to get up and stay up. Having a routine to go through every morning, a routine so easy it is mindless, can push you through those early moments of temptation.

5. Wake up the same time every morning. Go to sleep when you are tired.

Waking up the same time every morning helps your body get into a rhythm. The first few days may be difficult, but if you listen to when your body is tired, you’ll quickly be able to sync up to the right amount of sleep you need and have less problems waking up each morning.

Wake up the same time every morning whether it is the weekday or the weekend. Most sleep in on the weekends. As much fun as this is, it makes Monday mornings more miserable.

6. Get light once you wake up. 

Bright light for an hour or two once you wake up, can help set your body clock. Try combining some outside sunshine with a light walk to get the blood flowing. If it is still dark, consider getting an alarm clock that lights up to wake you up.

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7. Glass of water right when you wake up

This helps tremendously. Some call it Japanese water therapy. It can help rehydrate you after a long nights rest and create new blood and muscle cells. All these things well help you feel more refreshed in the morning.

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8. Try Yoga Breathing.

A short 5 to 10 minutes of deep yoga breathing can help you feel more relaxed going into the day, and helps you fully wake up more quickly.

9. Exercise Every Morning.

30 minutes of cardio to get blood flowing. Riding a bike, going for a run, or anything that can help get your blood flowing can have you feeling refreshed and fully awake the rest of the day.

10. Eating a breakfast to kickstart your metabolism.

Starting the day off with a high-protein breakfast can give your body the signal that you have awoken.

What helps you wake up refreshingly in the morning?

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