If you are one of those people who struggle to get out of bed in the morning; the kind of person who snoozes the alarm several times before dragging themselves out of bed in a fog, then chances are you are struggling with morning fatigue.
Morning fatigue is not uncommon in the fast-paced modern world we find ourselves in but it is far from an ideal state of being and can make mornings miserable for those of us who suffer.
The good news is, there are lots of healthy steps you can take to make morning fatigue a thing of the past, including the following:
Get a good night’s sleep
You probably saw this one coming, but if you want to reduce your chances of having morning fatigue, then you need to get to bed early enough that you can have a full 7-9 hours of sleep, depending on how much your body needs. If you skip your sleep, you will never feel your best when the alarm goes off.
Stop hitting snooze
It might seem like a good idea to hit snooze when the alarm goes off and you aren’t ready to face the day, but doing so can lead to something known as fragmented sleep which can make you feel fatigued and foggy throughout the day. It’s better to get up right away than to sleep in and end up struggling through the rest of your day.
IV therapy, whereby, various vitamins and minerals are infused directly into your bloodstream can help you on those days when you are never going to wake up your best due to a lack of sleep or because you have consumed alcohol the night before. They are perfectly safe and help to give you a much-needed burst of energy, but it is much better to make your life as healthy as possible so you do not have to rely on them too often.
As soon as you wake up, drink a glass of water, and then drink another one. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue, especially in the morning when you have not had a drink for several hours due to being asleep. Oh, and remember to keep drinking throughout the day; it’s so easy to get dehydrated without even realizing it, and it can cause fatigue and brain fog like you would not believe.
Eat a healthy breakfast
If you simply cannot get going in the mornings, it could be that what you are eating, or not eating for breakfast is having an effect. Eating, for example, a breakfast high in refined carbs, which includes most cereals, can cause you to crash within a few hours, whereas, a healthy balanced breakfast that included unrefined carbs, proteins, and fruits, and veggies, such as poached eggs on wholemeal toast and a few slices of avocado, will fuel you through the morning and beyond.
Lower your caffeine intake
You might think drinking several cups of coffee is just what you need to get you through your morning fatigue, but too much coffee can actually make you more tired in the mornings, so it is a good idea to cut down to the lowest amount you can handle and see if that helps to reduce your fatigue over the coming months. You do not have to give up completely unless you want to. But the lowest effective amount is less likely to contribute to your morning fatigue going forward.
Take a walk
Putting on your sneakers and taking a walk or a run around the block as soon as you get up will get your endorphins pumping and help to energize your tired brain and body. The fresh air will help to blow the cobwebs away, and chances are you will feel amazing. Morning exercise is always going to leave you feeling less fatigued throughout the day, so even if you have to get up early to fit it in, it will be worth it for your wellness. Give it a try for a week and you will see.
As you can see, morning fatigue does not have to be an inevitable part of your life, even if you have never not known it to be present so far. There are lots of, really very simple, things you can do to fight it and start waking up feeling happy, refreshed, and ready to embrace all that the day has to offer.