hacks for rising and shining when you’d rather be hibernating
December 12, 2018
Hands up if you’re struggling to get out of bed after the recent weather change? We find it especially hard to detach ourselves from our beautiful bedding during the colder months—but this can affect mood, productivity and energy levels throughout the rest of the day. So, this winter try championing these simple, easy recommendations that will (hopefully) help you beat the morning struggle!
snooze, you lose
Are you a serial snoozer? We know it’s tempting to hit that snooze button when you wake up feeling tired, but sleep researchers have long warned about the negative effects that this can have. Waking up after hitting snooze is more difficult than waking up to your first alarm, as we begin to enter a new sleep cycle. This also leads to greater feelings of sluggishness throughout the day. To help ditch the habit, try putting your alarm away from arms reach. By being forced to get out of bed straight away to turn it off you’ll be naturally waking up.
wake with purpose
Hal Elrod (author of The Miracle Morning) explains ‘your first thought in the morning is usually the one you had just before you went to bed’. He says that if we go to sleep worrying, thinking ‘I’ve only got “X” hours to sleep’, we’ll wake up tired thinking we didn’t have enough. His advice? ‘Consciously decide every night to actively and mindfully set a positive expectation for the next morning’.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us hate mornings when our minds go into overdrive before we fall asleep! So, instead of focusing on the number of hours sleep you are going to get, all the things you haven’t done today or are worrying about tomorrow, perhaps this is the key to helping prevent mornings from being a losing battle.
Nothing ruins your wake up (or whole day) like a restful night. Getting good quality sleep is essential for waking feeling refreshed, not to mention maintaining good health during the cold months when flu and other viruses are rife! ‘Temperature can be the difference between a sound night of sleep and a fitful night that leaves you tired the next day’ Dr. Christopher Winter (sleep researcher, neurologist and author of The Sleep Solution) tells us. He explains that we experience a drop in core body temperature as we get sleepy, but this goes up as we fall into a deep sleep. It’s essential to maintain a cooler body temperature to avoid an increase in wakefulness.
To achieve this, avoid synthetic bedding fabrics and crazily high thread counts. Cotton is an ideal choice as it’s breathable, which is key to regulating temperature. Products on the market claiming to be a 500-1000 thread count are generally made using weaker and shorter yarns twisted together. These create heavier sheets that can suffocate the airflow around you while you sleep. We love snuggling up in bedding made from our cosy soft & smooth fabric during cold nights to help us stay comfortable all night long.
All of our bedding is made from beautiful, breathable fabric so you can start and end your day the right way. Shop our bedding here, snuggle up, and hopefully some of these tips will help you a little during the cold, dark mornings when you’d rather stay in bed!