Struggling With Winter Wake Ups? Try These Cold Weather Savvy Solutions

October 30, 2020

 Are you struggling to drag yourself from in between the sheets each morning? Well, you are only human, and I can testify you are most definitely not the only one that would instead pull the cover over their head and fall back to sleep once the chilly weather hits. Fortunately, there are some tactics you can use to make even the briskest of winter mornings a lot easier on yourself. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

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Get up when you wake up. 

This piece of advice works equally well for when the weather is cold or warm, as it's all about getting up when your body first wakes. After all, the human body is a pretty smart machine, and it knows how much sleep you need each night. That means when you first wake up in the morning is likely to be the time when you feel at your best - something that can make it alot easier to get up and get on with your day, even when it is cold outside. 

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You can even use technology to help you make use of this tactic, as there are apps for phones and watches that will monitor when you begin to enter light sleep. This stage is so important because it is the step that occurs just before waking. Therefore by tracking it, the apps can wake you at precisely the right point, and so make rising much easier to do. 

Plan something to look forward to 

If the thought of tearing yourself from your deliciously warm bed is just too much on a frosty winter morning, why not use the strategy of planning something to look forward to each day? It doesn't have to be anything too big either, as a little self-care act can work just as well. 

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For example, the thought of a nice bowl of hot and warming cereal may be just the thing to look forward to and motivate you to get out of bed when it's chilly outside. The good news is that such a dish is good for you too, a topic you can find out more about in this post on the health benefits of eating hot cereal, which you can read online. Hot cereal is pretty delicious too, especially when you add your own personal extras like honey, apple, banana, or brown sugar! 

Alternatively, you may wish to motivate yourself by scheduling in some time to work on a hobby or interest. After all, it is much harder to turn over and go back to sleep if the first thing you get to do is the activity you love and value most in the world! 

Prep your morning the night before 

It's very easy to get overwhelmed when we first emerge from sleep in the morning, something that often makes turning over and nodding back off a more comfortable option. However, you can make things far easier on yourself by prepping for your morning the night before. 

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In the wintertime, this involves laying out your AM supplements, loading your favorite pod into the coffee machine before bed, and setting out some fluffy slippers, so your feet don't get cold. You can even spend some time picking out the most practical out fort for the weather you can expect the next day. 

Lastly, if you want to make sure the transition from fast asleep to up and at them is as easy as possible in the winter, be sure to remember to set your heating to come on for early in the morning. 

Ideally, it's best to do this, so your heating is active around an hour before you like to get up, you will find it much easier to get out of bed. The reason being that there won't be such a striking difference in temperature between your warm and cozy bed, and the rest of your home. 

Plan an easy to follow routine 

If you are finding it tricky to get out of bed on a winter morning, you may benefit from setting yourself an easy routine to go through as soon as you get out of bed. There are several benefits to this which include getting basic tasks completed earlier on (along with the satisfaction and motivation this provides), and getting your blood pumping and body moving, therefore warming you up. 

With that in mind, add tasks such as getting breakfast, unloading the dishwasher, and setting a load of laundry to your winter AM routine. By doing so, you should give both your mind and body enough time to fully wake up before you move onto anything more complicated. 

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