How To Wake Up Gently In The Mornings

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Last Modified 3 March 2021 First Added 28 October 2014

By Laura Barns

In winter all you want to do is snuggle under the duvet. But in the summer with the sunlight streaming in, the thought of going to work on such a beautiful day can hold you back. Either way, getting out of bed is hard. But what’s the best way to wake up and make you want to get out of bed in the mornings?

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Wake Up

Wake up to a soothing sound, not a racket

The humble alarm clock is always seen as a morning essential, no matter how bleary-eyed we may be. However, having an annoying and aggressive noise bouncing around our skulls at 6am isn’t the most relaxing way to start the day. So If you do need an alarm, try setting one with a sound that crescendos gently. This helps your brain to slowly wake up. But not too soft, or you might not hear it.

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Tune into the radio, or try a natural lamp

Many people find the radio useful to wake up to. Especially as it can be set at a low level and doesn’t feel as intrusive or instantly ‘alarming’ as mechanical noises. But if you’re looking for the best way to wake yourself up, you’ll find the ‘sunrise’ type of lamp hard to beat. Basically, this is a natural lamp that gradually increases in illumination over a short period of time to mimic the rising of the sun. This naturally awaken our bodies.

Reluctant to Wake Up

Sleep better and you’ll wake up better

Waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day is partly down to whether or not your night’s sleep has actually been refreshing. Sleeping for the wrong number of hours, sleep that isn’t deep enough, or sleep that is continually interrupted, often means that you’re less likely to wake up gently.

The key to ensuring a good night’s sleep and of finding the best way to wake yourself up in the morning is to keep your room calm, cool, and relaxing. Avoid bright lights, either in the night or early in the morning. Also ensure that you leave a window open to avoid getting too warm. Everyone is different regarding the light and sound level in their bedroom. Some of us prefer a pitch-black room while others can’t sleep without the ticking of a clock. Try different combinations until you find the perfect one.

A comfier mattress might be a good idea

If you continue to struggle with getting to sleep and waking up correctly, consider changing your mattress. Over time, your mattress will lose support in certain areas so a new one may be the answer.

Waking up gently can be difficult. But by ensuring you get a good night’s sleep and keeping your morning routine as calm as possible, you can be guaranteed a nicely refreshed start to the day, every day.

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