Some days, it’s hard enough to get out of bed, but during the cold, dark winter months, it can seem nearly impossible. While nothing beats waking up to a pleasant morning of birds chirping and the sun shining, there are a few ways you can make waking up on winter mornings a lot easier.
Fix Your Sleeping Habits
It’s easy to blame the winter for making your winter wake-ups difficult, but there’s a good chance that you and your habits are at least partially at fault. Having poor sleeping habits causes much of the difficulty of waking up, which is magnified by the lack of light during the winter months. So, it’s worth taking a step back and examining the things you do before you go to bed and right after you wake up.
First of all, you should try your best to stick to a regular sleep schedule. Your biological clock is a real thing, and it depends on regular patterns of sleep. Also, avoid screens at least an hour before bed. While many of us have a habit of checking our phones at bedtime, the blue light cause mess up your body’s regulation of melatonin, which regulates sleep. Finally, when you wake up, try not to hit snooze over and over again. It only throws your body into a confusion over whether it’s actually time to wake up.
Exercise and Eat Well
The things you do directly before and after bedtime affect the quality of your sleep, but so do the other things you do during the day. Case in point: just a little exercise each day can make it easier for you to fall asleep, meaning you’ll wake up more refreshed and energetic. Further, regular exercise can help combat seasonal anxiety disorder, which is another unfortunate side effect of the winter months.
Let the Light In (Or Make It Yourself)
Most of the problem with waking up during the winter is that it’s still dark out when your alarm clock starts blaring. Facing the light of the morning is essential to helping your body wake up and ceasing the melatonin production in your body so that it can start again when it’s time for bed at night. So, you can see why waking up to a dark room in the morning might be a bit of a problem.