I’ve always been a really heavy sleeper and serial napper. For as long as I can remember I have been useless at waking up in the mornings.
As proof of this, it must have been when I was 12 or 13 we went camping in Hastings and our tent got raided in the middle of the night by hungry badgers trying to get the scraps from the make shift kitchen area. I woke up the next morning wondering why the place was a tip. My mum was astounded that I had no idea what went on, especially as though my older brother apparently let out a shriek and made his girlfriend go and check their tent.
About two months ago I was waking up and going to the gym at 6 am, this lasted all of about three days. I have no idea where this three days of morning motivation even came from, I’d like it back please!
In a bid to well, get my shit together, I am trying several things to help with waking up on time and feeling like I have had a quality sleep.
- Setting a reasonable time on my alarm. I bought myself a cheap digital alarm clock from Aldi so I have to physically move out of the bed to turn it off rather than snoozing my phone under my pillow. I set a reasonable alarm, nothing too ambitious but a time that allows me to do all the things I aspire to do in the mornings, have a cup of tea, make my lunch and maybe even put some war paint on my face.
- Making sure I am in bed at the right time. Sometimes I find myself in bed too early and having too much sleep or simply lying there for hours on end wide awake. I’ve recently discovered sleepyti.me it works out what time you need to go to bed to wake up for a certain time using sleep cycles, I’ve used it all week now and it seems to be working.
- Make your bed in the mornings. So Jack usually does this but I think it helps a lot in the mornings to get you moving, but when it is time for your head to hit the hay it is so much more satisfying getting into a made bed than a messy pile of screwed up duvet and pillows.
- Turn off your electricals. This for me is a hard one, as a kid I would fall asleep to a film at night, which is probably the start of this really bad habit. It’s the one thing that we all know we should do but don’t. Around 30 minutes before going to sleep I turn the tele off, switch my phone onto airplane mode so the lights and notifications won’t disturb me (I’ve also stopped using my phone as my alarm) and make sure the blinds are fully shut, by this point Jack is already well asleep (he leaves for work at the butt crack of dawn every day). I use this half an hour just to unwind.
- Self care and pampering yourself. Take some time to do a little skincare routine with a hot drink, use your favourite products, once a week I will also do a face mask. Maybe have a bath and a hair wash (saves me the faff and time of blow drying my hair in the morning). I’ve also been using the Headspace app to really switch off in the evening, I’ve never made it to the end because I’m always out like a light! Check out my post about self care.
- Make your environment cosy. Light a nice candle, dim the light if you can. I have really been loving the Lime, Basil and Mandarin No.1 Candle from Aldi – It is just like the Jo Malone candles but only £3.99! In a bid for a better night’s sleep I also purchased This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, I’ve read a lot of other blog posts about it and gave in to the hype, it is probably a placebo but I love the smell and it feels like it is working.
If like me you struggle to wake up in the mornings, what tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve?
Honestly, Soph x