Some of us are just not morning people. Others toss and turn all night battling insomnia or fighting dragons in their dreams. Whatever it is, it's got you waking up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning. To face the world with a smile rather than a frown requires tweaking your behavior and habits.
Adopt Good Nighttime Habits
The secret to waking up on the right side of the bed starts at night. Many of us have developed bad bedtime habits, including staying up too late, eating at night, or working on our laptops in bed. This is a surefire way to wake up tired and miserable. Getting a good night's rest means waking up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Develop an evening routine and go to sleep at the same time every night. Soak in a bath, listen to chilled music, or read a book. To avoid lying awake worrying about your overwhelming to-do list, take a few minutes to create a plan of action for the next day.
Regulate Your Body Clock
Most people rely on an alarm clock to wake them in the morning. Sleep experts say our alpha waves help us transition from a state of sleep to being fully awake. When our brains are in the alpha phase we are relaxed. This relaxed state helps us to drift off to sleep and gradually wake up again. Alarm clocks are jarring and jolt us awake. They don't allow your brain to drift slowly back into consciousness. Our bodies have a natural rhythm, and we all have an internal body clock. If you're getting enough good quality sleep, your body clock will automatically and gently wake you around the same time every morning.
Stretch and Move
Have you noticed how your cat or dog always launches into a long stretch when they wake up? Stretching is something we humans have forgotten to do. Stretching starts to energize the body because it gets the blood flowing to the muscles. Stretching also increases blood flow to the brain and sharpens our concentration. Once you've warmed up with a few stretches, mornings are always the best time to do some exercise. Whether it's yoga or going for a run, exercise releases those "feel good" hormones and starts your day off on a good note.
Resist Your Smartphone
Did you know that 46 percent of Americans check their cell phones the minute they wake up in the morning? Scrolling through the phone is also the last thing they do at night before going to sleep. Electronics interfere with sleep. Avoid them at bedtime and schedule your online psychic readings during the day instead. In the morning, spend those first few minutes on something positive. Read something inspirational, do a gratitude exercise, or visualize a goal you want to achieve. To avoid temptation, put your cell phone out of reach when you go to bed at night.
Once you've replaced your bad habits with some good ones, mornings will no longer be something to dread. If, however, you're still slaying dragons in your dreams, consult a dream analyzer for an interpretation!