(Natural News) Recent research showed that people in the U.K. spend as much as 18 minutes hitting the snooze alarm each day. According to the research, this was equivalent to 267 days of their lives.
In line with this, behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings developed seven science-based steps to help people get up quicker in the morning. The steps include:
- Sleeping on the left side of the bed.
- Wearing something yellow in bed.
- Setting your alarm to your favorite feel-good song.
- Exercising or having sex in the morning.
- Doing a headstand for at least two minutes.
- Taking an ice-cold shower for three minutes.
- Eating a slow-energy release breakfast for about five minutes.
“Instead of spending 18 minutes a morning hitting the snooze button, which can make us feel more tired and groggy, use that time to try out this simple routine to set you up for the day. The formula includes elements to shake up your system. Kick-start your morning with a burst of energy by doing five minutes of exercise and jumping in an ice-cold shower. Getting blood to your brain with a quick headstand will help you function, while a balanced oat-based breakfast will boost your energy levels and get you ready for the day ahead. Setting your alarm to be your favourite song and waking up wearing yellow will instantly put a smile on your face,” Hemmings explained in a Daily Mail article.
10 other ways to becoming a morning person
An article posted on the Huffington Post website also featured 10 ways to help people get on their feet in the morning. These steps include:
- Getting more sleep — The article noted that adequate sleep remained to be the best way to becoming a morning person. Getting enough sleep not only increases alertness in the morning, but also helps increase memory consolidation, improve metabolism and weight, reduce blood pressure and stress levels, and enhance mood and concentration.
- Sleeping when tired — Waiting too long to go to bed would be detrimental to the body, especially when trying to wake up in the morning, according to the article.
- Creating the right night time routine — Developing various routines that help induce a feeling of calmness — such as reading or sipping tea before bed time — may help the body get used to such routines and automatically set it in for the night.
- Taking out the screens in the bedroom — The article also suggested that people take out their televisions from their bedrooms, or turning it off at certain times before bedtime.
- Avoiding the snooze button — The article stated that disruptions in rapid eye movement cycle causes exhaustion upon waking up, despite getting enough sleep the night before. According to the article, certain apps can send frequency waves and ensure that the user is no longer in the deep REM cycle before ringing.
The article also included several other steps such as:
- Moving quickly as possible.
- Waking up at the same time of the day.
- Exposure to natural sunlight.
- Having something to look forward to.
- Exercising in the morning.
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