According to experts, it’s harder to wake up in the morning by pressing the snooze button on your cellphone alarm.
Delaying the alarm only confuses your body, making it harder to wake up later.
Early risers should instead follow the old-fashioned wake-up calls of setting the alarm out of reach or a cold shower.
The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms have put together advice on some of the things Brits can do to wake up in the morning.
Expert Nic Shacklock said: “Most of us struggle to get up in the morning, but there are a few things we can do to make it easier.
“One of the worst things you can do is actually hit snooze and nod your head, but we’re all guilty of that.
“What happens is our body thinks we’re going back into a sleep cycle, then we disrupt it when we finally wake up, which makes us feel more tired.
“Leaving your curtains open and setting your alarm clock away are quick fixes to help you get up in the morning.
“If you’re looking for longer-term solutions, the key is to get into a better sleep pattern by doing things like avoiding screens before bed and keeping your wake times consistent.”
It can be tempting to press the nap and get ten extra minutes in bed, but according to experts, this will only make you more tired when you wake up.
That’s because your body thinks it’s going back into another sleep cycle and is preparing to close its eyes for another eight hours.
You disrupt this second cycle of sleep with a delayed rude awakening, you feel more tired.
Other tips for getting up early include keeping your blinds and curtains slightly closed.
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To prepare for this trick, sleep experts say you should place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, behind your two front teeth.
Keep your tongue there the whole time and purse your lips if you need to, then follow these steps:
- Let your lips part slightly and make a breathing sound as you exhale through your mouth.
- Then close your lips and inhale silently through your nose. Count to 4 in your head.
- Then hold your breath for 7 seconds.
- After, exhale (with a whoosh sound) for 8 seconds.
- Avoid being too alert at the end of each cycle. Try to practice it without thinking.
- Complete this cycle for four full breaths. Let your body sleep if you feel relaxation coming sooner than expected.
This way, natural light in the morning will wake you up, which will prevent you from falling asleep.
Putting your phone further away means when it goes off in the morning, you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Scrolling through social media also makes it harder to get up.
Brits are also told that a late night shower, rather than waking you up, will actually encourage you to fall asleep earlier, making it easier to wake up.
An old-fashioned cold shower in the morning also does the trick.
Too much sleep can also be bad. Seven to eight hours is the recommended time – and too much can tire you out as well as give you headaches and backaches.
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