Last Updated on February 16, 2023 by Lori Geurin
Some days it’s hard to get out of bed. And if you’re not a morning person this can prove even more of a challenge. Ever feel tempted to stay under the covers? If so, you’re not alone. Many people rely on their caffeine fix to help them wake up. But this can cause unwanted side effects in the long run. That’s why we’ve gathered 11 natural ways to help you wake up in the morning.
I’ve never considered myself a morning person, and anyone who knows me well can confirm this. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t tried everything under the sun to help myself wake up early and feel refreshed and energized, ready to face the day.
Though I’ll admit I love coffee, drinking too much caffeine can cause sleep problems, mood swings, and anxiety. So if you’re looking for ways to feel more alert in the morning time, here are some simple ways to wake up. I hope they’re as useful to you as they are for me.
- 1. Make your bed
- 2. Have a beet juice smoothie
- 3. Stretch
- 4. Drink lemon water
- 5. Listen to music
- 6. Get some sun
- 7. Avoid alcohol, coffee, and blue light in the afternoon
- 8. Give aromatherapy a try
- 9. Don't hit the snooze button
- 10. Make quality sleep a priority
- 11. Lay your clothes out the night before
- Summary – Natural Ways To Wake Up
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11 Natural Ways To Wake Up In The Morning
1. Make your bed
Yes, just like your mama taught you.
No one says it has to be perfect, but just pulling the comforter up and fluffing the pillows a bit is a great start. This simple act of tidying up your space gets your morning started off right.
Plus, when your bed’s made, it’s hard to get under the covers and go back to sleep.
2. Have a beet juice smoothie
I feel some of you zoning out at this point, but stick with me for a quick second and I’ll explain.
Beetroot juice is super healthy and has been scientifically shown to increase cardiorespiratory endurance in athletes.
I sometimes add this organic beetroot powder to my smoothies.
Here’s a recipe for a detoxifying beet and berry smoothie that I love. It calls for raw beets (which are the best) but I often substitute a scoop of the beetroot powder instead.
My husband drinks the beet juice powder in fresh water in the morning or before his workouts. He says he feels an immediate boost of energy.
Just know that drinking beet juice powder straight up in water is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I love eating beets but only take the beet juice powder in smoothies.
You can try it for yourself and see how you like it best. You may enjoy it in water or even better in smoothies.
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Starting your morning with some gentle stretches releases tight muscles and improves circulation.
Here are 4 morning stretches that will wake you up and help relieve painful joints.
The cat-cow is one of my favorites. I do it morning, noon and night.
4. Drink lemon water
After a long night of slumber, your body needs to be rehydrated. One of the best ways to feel more awake is to drink a tall glass (or 2) of cold, lemon water as soon as your feet hit the floor.
Plus, lemon water has many health benefits.
5. Listen to music
Music is a great motivator. And listening to some upbeat tunes early in the morning is the perfect way to get moving.
You may even find yourself dancing along. Now that’s a good morning!
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6. Get some sun
Going outside to get fresh air and sunshine first thing will help you wake up. Exposure to natural light within an hour of waking up helps balance your internal clock.
Take a quick walk in nature to feel your heart beating. Or sit outside in the sunshine to drink your lemon water or smoothie.
7. Avoid alcohol, coffee, and blue light in the afternoon
It’s important to be aware that daily habits can affect your morning wake routine.
Drinking alcohol or coffee too late in the afternoon can make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep. And when you don’t sleep well it makes it hard to wake up in the morning.
Related: The Effects Of Caffeine On The Body: Pros And Cons
In a similar way, blue light exposure in the afternoon can lead to a sleepless night. Because of this, it’s smart to avoid blue light as much as possible in the afternoon and evening hours.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from blue light.
- purchase blue-light-blocking glasses, like these
- turn off the TV a couple of hours before your plan to go to sleep
- program your cellphone and laptop so the blue light will be blocked when the sun goes down (or whenever you choose). Here are directions to set your iOS, Android, or Windows10 devices.
8. Give aromatherapy a try
Some scents are especially energizing. You can buy essential oils, body washes, lotions, and candles to use in the morning that will help wake you up with energy-boosting scents.
Some to try include:
I love this affordable, highly rated essential oil set that includes 4 of the energizing scents from above, plus 4 more.
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9. Don’t hit the snooze button
Once you go back to sleep it can make it even more difficult to wake up because your body reenters the sleep cycle.
And once you finally awaken from your deep slumber you feel more groggy than ever. This is what scientists call sleep inertia and it’s bad news.
So, just don’t hit the snooze.
10. Make quality sleep a priority
Sounds easy enough, right? The idea behind this crucial tip is that when you get quality sleep, waking up in the morning is easier to do.
Being intentional about healthy sleep practices can pay off in big ways.
Whether you are sleep challenged or a pro at catching all the zzzs, good sleep hygiene is important for your health and can help you wake up in the morning.
Related: 16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight
11. Lay your clothes out the night before
This can cut time out of your schedule in the morning – which means you can sleep in a little later. Plus, it simplifies your morning routine and allows you to focus on a few basic tasks.
When your clothes are prepped the night before there’s no need to wonder and worry about whether or not your favorite shirt is clean because it’s taken care of.
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Summary – Natural Ways To Wake Up
You may or may not consider yourself a morning person. But, either way, you can benefit from these tips and feel more prepared and energetic when your alarm clock buzzes to wake you up.
As much as some of us enjoy our morning cup of coffee, remembering these simple natural ways to wake up will help boost your energy and offer your morning a flexible routine.
Whether you’re drinking lemon water and beetroot smoothies or trying aromatherapy and listening to invigorating music, these tips will help you feel more energetic and have a healthy start to your day.
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