What and how you think before you go to sleep at night or even just before you get into bed can affect the way you wake up. If you think you’re going to sleep in because you’re so tired or don’t want to go to work or do something you need to or should do the next morning you can pretty much guarantee that you will sleep in!
I’m sure you can all remember a time when you’ve done this. It’s kind of like the rowing stroke (those of you who know rowing) the start actually starts at the finish! Because depending on how you finish one stroke directly impacts how you start then next one. Imagine this as days, they say if you start the day out badly then it’s all down hill from there, well finish the previous day on top of the world and you can bet you’ll have a much better morning to start that good day on!
So how do you get yourself jumping out of bed every morning? Start finishing each day off better by following these ideas:
- Wear PJ’s to bed and ones that you like and feel great in. Some people sleep in their clothes, t-shirt shorts etc and are amazed at the difference they feel and sleep quality when they wear specific bed clothes! Reason can be that PJ’s mean comfortable, rest and relaxation so you’ve transitioned from day clothes into night. Just like there is a completely different feeling you have when you experience a day on the couch in your PJ’s compared to just laying around in your jeans. This usually means you’re sick right? Well when you’re sick this can be a form of recovery tool, sleeping in your PJ’s is also a recovery time where your body rests and repairs itself, cells, energy etc for the next day. Miss this and there’s no way you’ll be at your personal best especially after a while when you’re in sleep debt! But that’s another story…
- Have a clean and tidy room. Keep your bedroom as a place to sleep and not have clothes (that’s what your cupboards are for) computers, junk or stuff everywhere. The state of your bedroom directly impacts how you feel. If you see cluttered and untidiness you will think and reflect the next day in an untidy, cluttered way instead of waking up to a clean and totally organized room.
- Read or relax for 30-60mins before you go to sleep.
- Close off anything on your mind before going to sleep or make a note to do it the very next morning. Writing it down is very important otherwise it will be on your mind worrying keeping you awake having to remember it or just keeping it there on your mind.
- Reflect on all the things you are grateful for when curling up in your cosy bed and pillows. It’s pretty easy to be thankful and grateful at this time because an simple one to start with is that you have this nice bed to sleep in and you’re so tired! Having good and positive thoughts before you go to sleep will directly help you to have better ones in the morning and is best way to start the day. You don’t want to hear ‘who got out of the wrong side of bed this morning now do you?’
- As for what, how much and when you eat before going to bed, try out what suits you best but as a guideline going to bed drunk most certainly does not help you have a good start to the next day, eating too much right before hand keeps your system busy digesting food instead of repairing its cells for the next day and I don’t recommended trying to sleep when you’re absolutely starving! Avoid coffee after 3pm and have positive thoughts that when your head hits the pillow you will fall into a beautiful nights sleep ready for the next day.
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