When you wake up in the mornings, do you find yourself wishing to sleep the day away? Do you feel tired and lack energy, even though you’ve just awoken? Do you day-dream about waking up full of energy and bouncing off the bed, like those people in commercials? If you are looking for tips on waking up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day and the world; then look no further. Here are our top tips on how to do so, with only a few simple changes in your lifestyle and days.

Start before nightfall

Until you form a routine, and get proper sleep, it’s important that you start preparing for a good night’s sleep throughout the day. For example, if possible, try and get in some exercise during the day. This tires your body, and relaxes your mind. If you have a habit of smoking or consuming alcohol, then begin cutting down on it. Not only does it affect your sleep (and the quality of it), but it also affects your immune system. If you are used to very stressful days, then making a habit of getting regular power naps during the day too can help you get better sleep at night. Be mindful of your consumption of caffeine; making sure to avoid it within 6 hours of your bed time. Likewise, it’s important that you get a good dinner and avoid going to bed hungry; but also, try and avoid eating too close to bed time.

And prepare for the morning at night

Unless you have a good night’s sleep, you can never get that energized morning that you day-dream about. The above tips should aid you in falling asleep; so, try and get in regular 7-9 hours of undisturbed sleep each night. But before going sleep, try and finish your “to-do” list; as the stress of unfinished work can keep you awake or make you get stressful sleep. If possible, try and select your clothing for the next day before you get into bed. This will help you avoid “making decisions” early in the morning, as well as give you a little time to laze around in bed.

Make a morning routine

Try to make your mornings routinely and uneventful. This expectation-free feeling can help you feel happier and more positive in the mornings; which inevitably will make you want to “bounce” off bed like you wish to. If possible, once you’ve had a good night’s sleep, try and avoid pressing the snooze button. It’s obvious that you’re not going to get any sleep during that 5 minutes. Instead you’re only going to feel groggy; the opposite of what we want for our mornings! Plan out an exciting breakfast and head straight for your morning “pick-me-up”; regardless to whether it’s coffee, tea or exercising…

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