When that dreaded alarm clock goes off in the wee hours of the morning your first thought is likely 'Where is my darn coffee?' But reaching for the caffeine may not be the best way to wake up those sleepy eyes. In fact, there are several other, much healthier, ways to give you an extra bolt of energy first thing in the morning. So before you hit the switch on that coffee maker, consider the tips below that will give you an extra jump in your step on your way to work each morning.
An apple a day keeps the sleepies away! An apple is actually one of the best fruits you can eat because it contains fructose, a natural sugar that wakes you up naturally and will keep you energized throughout the morning. It will move slowly through your body, reaching areas that don't usually wake up immediately. The best thing about an apple for breakfast is that you won't suffer a crash later, like you may with caffeine. As well, apples are a great source of fibre, which will help your day feel a little more 'regular.’
Because chocolate is a fatty food, it isn't suggested that you have it every morning for a boost of energy. But, if you have nothing else, chocolate is a great way to wake you up. In fact, the second you put it in your mouth, you will feel an energy boost. However, it won't last very long so make sure you get moving right away. You can also try hot chocolate instead of coffee and add in some healthy alternatives such as Vitamin B12.
Yes, it works. It may be totally annoying and put you in a bad mood but light in the morning is a sure fire way to open those sleepy eyes. Whether it is from a light that is timed to go on at a certain time or natural light from your window, it works.
4. Smelling Salts
Used sometimes to wake up drunk people or those who have fainted, smelling salts can also be used to wake you up from a deep, dream-like sleep. But be careful if you plan on using these to give you a jolt in the morning because they have been known to damage sinuses and, sometimes, the brain if used too much.
5. Energy Cans
While these may not be the most healthy option, they do work. Most energy boost drinks will indeed give you that extra punch in the morning to get you up and going. But be prepared for a crash, which will eventually come.
6. Food Smell
Ever wake up to the smell of crispy bacon being fried on the stove? Bran muffins being baked? Isn't it the best way EVER to wake up? And easy too, because the smell of food has an incredible wake up power that is natural and healthy in every way. Once the smell wakes you up, your mind instantly looks forward to digesting the food and once you get the protein and carbohydrates into your body – boom – you're awake for good!
This is one of the best ways to wake up your sleepy body. Sure, it may be hard to get out of bed and lace up those running shoes but trust me, once you exercise your whole body will thank you. When you get the blood flowing throughout your body, the energy will come in a natural, healthy way.
Water can wake you up in several different ways each morning. If you have a glass of water before bed, you're sure to wake up in the morning rushing to the restroom. If someone splashes water on you in the morning, you're bound to wake up, right? But, in all seriousness, drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning will wake up all the cells and blood in your body. After all, your body was just asleep for hours and needs something to hydrate it. Best thing about water over coffee is that you won't suffer a crash later in the day! Remember to drink water throughout the day so your energy levels stay high and your body gets the hydration it needs.
This may be one of the most peaceful ways to wake up. Just set your alarm to music so when it goes off you're awakened to the soothing sounds of your favorite artist. If you are having a hard time waking up your teenage kids, some rock or dance music is a great way to get them up out of those cozy sheets.
10. Prepare for Bed
If you spend your evening binge drinking or eating bad food, chances are you won't have a good sleep. And that means you won't wake up properly. You will want more sleep. So focus on preparing for your bedtime. Do something that calms you, such as taking a warm bath or reading a good book. You will be thankful in the morning when you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day!