You’ve made all the New Year resolutions possible and are ready to get started on them with gusto. It’s only the first week of 2017 after all. But then the familiar feeling of drowsiness hits you as soon as you wake up and all you want to do is turn the clock back to 2016 to stop the guilt from eating you up. Thankfully, there are ways to ensure you don’t run afoul of your resolutions simply because you couldn’t wake up refreshed in the morning. Here are five of the best ways to wake up with a spring in your step.  

Sleep Well

This one goes without saying, right? If you’re sleeping late then you’ll wake up late – it’s just logic. So let’s try something new. Stop binge-watching your favourite movies and TV shows at night and sleep at an earlier time than you’re used to. Make it a habit and then stick to it. Ensure that you’re also getting enough shut-eye instead of just tossing and turning all night. The recommended number of hours of sleep for a normal adult is seven hours. Once your quota is done, you’ll automatically wake up refreshed the next morning.  

Find Your Sleep Spot

You’ve resolved to sleep earlier, but just can’t seem to fall asleep? Here’s what you need to do: buy a great bed. Considering you’re going to spend an average of 24 years of your life sleeping, the least you can do is give yourself a bed that you’re comfortable sleeping in. Next, ensure that the lighting is toned down as much as possible. Mute the ambient noise that might disturb your sleep, even if this means sound-proofing your room if you want to go the distance. It’s simple – as long as you don’t make sleeping comfortably your priority, the lower your chances of getting a good night’s rest. That, in turn, will affect how fresh you are when you wake up.  

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Ditch the Tech

Let’s be honest, you sneak your phone into bed far more often than you care to admit. And don’t tell us you need it for the alarm function. If you want an alarm clock, go old school and buy an alarm clock. Fact is, having your phone or any other device with you is likely to make you anxious to check on it. Beat the anxiety and switch off your phone at night. It’s tough at first but you’ll get used to it, especially when you wake up as fresh as the coffee you’ll brew a little while later.  

Beat the Alarm

You know the real problem with alarm clocks? They seem designed to make you lazy by making it easy to hit the snooze button. It’s like having sandwich with mayo when you’re trying to lose weight. Instead, train yourself to wake up around the same time as your alarm clock goes off, but without actually waiting it to ring. It’s a bit of a psychological trick that’ll happen on its own if you follow all the steps we’ve outlined so far.  

Be Excited

You have to have something to look forward to as soon as you wake up. Seriously, if you need to wake up, then you need to do so with a passion for taking charge of the day ahead. It’s the same principle successful business leaders and tech titans use – why else would Apple’s Tim Cook wake up at the ungodly hour of 4am? Or Starbucks’ Howard Schultz getting up at 4.30am every day? It’s because they are driven and excited by all the opportunities of the day that lie ahead of them. Think of your biggest goals and how you can get closer to them – it’s the best kick to jump out of bed all ready and excited to take on the world.


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