It can be hard at the best of times to get up early in the mornings – there’s no denying that!
However, if you’re frequently struggling to get out of bed, you may be making some of these common mistakes that will make it tougher to get up and go…
#1 Not getting enough sleep
It may seem obvious, but the length of the time you are getting some shut eye needs to be your first port of call if you are frequently waking up tired. We should all aim to get a solid seven to eight hours shut eye, with eight hours being the optimum amount of time.
Getting enough sleep is important not only for your energy levels but your results too. Getting little-to-no sleep may promote fat storage more so than those who get enough shut eye. This is due to a hormonal response from the lack of sleep.
Bedtime is also when your body builds muscle and repairs itself, therefore not getting enough sleep may be the reason for hindered gains!
#2 Feeling stressed out
Stress is a huge culprit for sleep problems. If you are having a tough time it may well interfere with your ability to fall asleep and also the quality of your sleep.
Try to address any stressful occurences in your life – we all know this is easier said than done. If you can’t detract yourself away from stressors, consider making extra time to unwind with activities such as yoga before bed.
#3 Consuming caffeine late at night
Caffeine is a stimulant, therefore it will make you alert if you drink it too close to bedtime – even around the likes of 4-5pm!
It’s not just cups of coffee that may be the culprit though, many people do not check the ingredients on supplements and certain ones may contain caffeine – for example, fat burners.
Try to ensure you don’t take any supplements that contain caffeine too close to bed to ensure you don’t have trouble falling asleep!
#4 Eating too little
Eating too little in the mornings may leave you lacking energy and feeling groggy.
Some people thrive on morning fasting and for others it just doesn’t cut it for them. If you are feeling groggy in the mornings consider having a balanced breakfast with some complex carbs to release energy slowly.
#5 Using technology too late at night
The light that is emitted from laptops and mobile phones may be disruptive to your sleep as it stimulates the brain and makes you more alert when you should be winding down for the night.
We are all guilty of spending some time on-line at night; but if you can, avoid using these devices for a few hours before bed.
#6 Not having a routine
Getting up at different times and going to bed at different times can wreak havoc with your body clock – as much as it can’t be helped sometimes!
Where possible, try to go to bed around the same time and set your alarm for the same time every morning. It might be hard at first, but it can make a huge difference to how you feel waking up every day as your body clock will adapt to the routine in about 2 weeks.
You may even find yourself waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off!
#7 Falling asleep with the lights on
This is a common mistake many people make – it’s so easy to get too cosy to get out of bed to turn off the lights or fall asleep with a bright lamp on!
Bright lights disrupt the quality of your sleep and this can result in you waking up feeling lethargic and groggy.
Take Home Message
If you’re not getting enough sleep you may also feel increasingly hungry throughout the day – this may lead to overeating and over time excess weight gain!
It is well worth making an effort to address any issues that might be affecting the quality of your sleep and it may be something very easy to fix.