It’s hard to wake up in the morning, especially on cold winter days. Not everybody wakes up feeling fresh and alive. So how do you avoid being grouchy, when all you really want is to crawl back under the covers?
- First, understand that morning grumpiness is merely sleep inertia. As Allison G Harvey, PhD, director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic explains, this is a transitional period of grogginess that typically lasts between five and 20 minutes after you wake up. Allow yourself to feel that emotion, and ease into the morning.
- One of the best ways to feel awake instantly is to open the curtains to let the sunlight in. If possible, spend the first 30-60 minutes outside, or in a room with bright lights.
- Indulge in some form of morning activity and social contact. To avoid the temptation of getting back under the covers, fold the sheets and put back your pillows neatly.
- Avoid jumping straight into work once you get to the office. Spend an hour catching up on emails, reading relevant news sources, and talking to coworkers. This gives you enough time and space to reenter the workplace, which can be a stressful environment.
- Indulge in a hot cuppa to feel energized instantly, since caffeine is a surefire way to wake you up and keep you up.
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