Getting up in the morning is the straight-up worst.
It's the worst, we can be real, it's OK.
Whether you're getting up early to take care of a kid, a dog, to go to a workout class or head to an office job, it just plain sucks to get out of your warm, comfy, soft and inviting bed.
For most of us, waking up means immediately downing several cups of coffee just to pry our eyelids open. But, did you know, there is a different way?
In a new video, uploaded by YouTuber ASAPScience, we are introduced to a few scientifically-backed techniques for waking up naturally.
Find the light
As ASAPScience suggests, open up a few curtains and expose yourself to natural light to help fight off the effects of melatonin. Need to wake up before the sun? Try an illuminating alarm clock to ease you into the day.
Give yourself a splash of cold
The video further suggests people hop in a shower and end it with a good dose of cold water to help increase metabolic rate and reduce feelings of fatigue.
Drink some water
Sleeping can really dehydrate you so make sure to grab a glass of water and chug it down. It will help to get all the parts of your body lubed up and ready for the day ahead.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Eat something super nutritious, because as you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a high-fiber meal, like oatmeal with berries, can not only make you feel more awake, it will also make you more alert throughout the day.
Citrus fruit is amazing for your brain. As the video points out, drinking citrus fruit juices will stimulate you just enough in the AM and also slow cognitive decline over time. Total win-win.
Be physically active
Getting up and busting out a few reps will make you feel more empowered for the entire day. It can also increase blood flow to the brain, making you more awake for your morning errands.
Listen to music
Listening to music can activate regions of your brain that make you feel more alert and more alive. And hey, why not kill two birds with one stone by listening to music and getting your dance workout in all at the same time.
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