Most of us aren't lucky enough to be natural morning people. Getting out of bed is often a struggle, but it doesn't need to be! Here are a few ways to trick your body into waking up earlier and faster:
1. Set a bedtime based on 90-minute sleep cycles
Sleep generally runs in 90-minute cycles, and waking up is much easier at the end of one. Surprisingly, this means that we shouldn't be aiming for 8 hours, but actually 7.5 or even 6! At 8 hours, you're in the middle of a cycle. If you don't want to keep track yourself, try using apps that help monitor your sleep cycles and wake you up at the right time.
2. Soak up the sun
Sunlight turns off the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps us fall asleep. Stand by the window for a few minutes to soak up those rays.
3. Sip up
Drink matcha! In addition to the caffeine boost, there’s another reason to drink matcha right away in the morning. You exhale 1 liter of water a night, and you should replace it quickly. (Some of you may be saying, "Hold up, isn't caffeine de-hydrating?" Caffeine in large doses can act as a diuretic, but matcha doesn't have enough caffeine for this to be an issue.)
4. Awaken your chakras
Even just a few minutes of movement can prevent that stagnant feeling in your body. Try a quick 3-minute yoga routine - here is one of our favorites.
5. Try accupressure
Researchers at University of Michigan found that basic acupressure techniques helped promote alertness. Best part: you can stay in bed for an extra few minutes while you do them! To feel more energized, apply pressure and massage in both directions with your thumb or index and middle fingers for 3 minutes on the top of your head, the back of your neck, back of your hand between your thumb and index finger, right below your knees, and the center of the bottom of your foot.
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