Why is it hard to get out of bed when it’s cold?
Dark, cold mornings can make getting out of bed a harder task than it already is. Staying snuggled under a warm duvet is a much more inviting prospect when we’ve got to get up for work or get kids ready for school. But, unfortunately, hibernating for winter isn’t an option. Instead, use these tips on how to get out of bed when it’s cold.
Top Tips for Getting Out Of Bed When It’s Cold
However cold it is outside, there are things you can do to make that wake-up routine a little easier. Here, we explore our top tips for getting out of bed on a cold morning:
1. Set a timer on the central heating
When it is -5C outside and you’re sleeping in a cold room, the last thing you want to do is get out of your warm, cosy bed. To make the idea more inviting, set your central heating to turn on half an hour before you get up. Then, you’ll wake up to a warm, cosy house. Nowadays you can change your central heating temperature from a mobile app to avoid waking up cold. So, if you want to make your home even warmer and avoid sleeping in a cold room, just turn it up via your app. Martin Bennett, CEO of HomeServe recommends, ‘Between 18C and 21C is ideal for health and well-being and will help to ease pressure on your finances in the long run.’
2. Decide what to wear the night before
If you decide what clothes you are going to wear for the next day the night before, you will gain a few extra minutes in bed. Get them out and put them on the radiator before you go to bed. That way they will be warm and snug ready for you to put them on in the morning. You could also make your lunch and pack your bag to save more time in the morning.
3. Set a calming alarm
If you have a really noisy alarm that plays the likes of heavy metal to wake you up, you will be startled awake and you will begin resenting your alarm. Instead, choose a calming alarm or tune it to a classical radio station such as Classic FM. Even if you don’t enjoy classical music it will help you to awaken gradually. This will make the waking process feel a lot more natural. Our infographic on ‘Which Song Should You Wake Up To In The Morning?’ recommends ‘Norah Jones-Sunrise‘ as a great morning alarm for horrible, rainy days.
4. Enjoy a warm breakfast
As soon as you wake up, make yourself a warm cup of tea or coffee, and a warm breakfast such as porridge. Many studies have shown that a healthy breakfast gives you energy so you begin your day on the right foot. Having a warm breakfast will also give you something to look forward to, which brings us onto our next point…
5. Have something to look forward to
It’s much easier to get out of bed when you focus on something you actually want to do instead of what you must do. Try setting aside a few minutes in the morning for a ritual that will help you look forward to waking up. Maybe it’s coffee in bed, a shower with a special invigorating soap, or reading the next chapter of a good book. Whatever it is, try to give yourself something that will help you start the day right.
6. Don’t allow yourself to reason with yourself
This is a mistake that many of us make when our first alarm goes off. Our 6 am brains tell us that we will feel much more awake after an extra 10 minutes sleep (which inevitability turns into an extra half an hour!). There is no doubt that we can find millions of excuses of why we need to stay in bed when we are tired, but unfortunately, duty calls. Try to shut off the ‘logic’ that an extra few minutes will do you good. Make getting out of bed as soon as you wake an automatic routine, eventually you will train yourself to get out of bed straight away.
7. Consider buying a light box
If you find yourself longing for your warm, cosy bed more than usual during winter, blame the lack of sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that usually strikes during the winter. It is thought to be caused by lack of sunlight. Reduced exposure to light can disturb your internal biological clock (circadian rhythm) and your sleep-wake cycle, leading to poor sleep quality and a depressed mood. This means when you wake up in the morning you won’t want to get out of bed as you’ll be tired due to disturbed sleep.
A light box such as a ‘Lumie‘ will help to adjust your body clock with bright light. It will not only help you feel more awake in the morning, but also lift your mood, energy and productivity all day. Likewise, it will help you to feel ready for sleep when it’s time for bed.
What techniques do you use to get up on a cold morning? Let us know in the comments.