What better day to put a post up about coffee than on a Monday, right?! Okay, I’ll admit it- I am a coffee addict. Like most people, I seriously rely on coffee every morning to give myself that extra lil’ kick to get the day started. I mean, can you blame me, though? Coffee is like magic, it helps my brain function and is the backbone for a lot of my productive days.
Although I love coffee, and would not mind continuing to use it as my morning fuel everyday, there is some backlash about the drink itself. The caffeine in coffee is what gets ya’, if not consumed in the proper amounts coffee can cause headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and a whole bunch of other things that you would probably rather not hear about.
With the help of Pinterest (duh), I found some alternative, noncaffeinated ways to wake up in the morning. No promises that any of these work, but I think they’re definitely worth a try. Here are 5 noncaffeinated ways to wake up in the morning:
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE:
With or without the aid of coffee, it is going to be tough to wake up feeling energized and motivated if you did not get good nights sleep the night before. It is so so SO important to have a constant sleep schedule. Try and aim to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night if possible! This means that you need to let go of the distractions that are keeping you up all night. Studies show that if you shut your electronics off an hour before you plan on going to sleep, you will fall asleep faster and get a better night sleep all together. I know, I know, it’s tough to shut down FaceBook before bed, you obviously need to spend a good 3 hours watching videos of grandmas dancing BUT if you get a good nights sleep, it will help you immensely. Other activities that can be done the night before to prep for a noncaffeinated wake up include working out, reading a book, or doing anything relaxing. Doing something relaxing before hitting the sheets will calm your body down, and prepare it for a good nights sleep.
FUEL YOUR BODY WITH THE PROPER NUTRIENTS:
How many times have you heard the saying: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?! Well, guess what, it’s true and you need to eat your breakfast! So many people think it is okay to skip out on breakfast….it’s totally not! When you first wake up from a nights sleep, your body is basically in starvation mode- so eat your breakfast! Giving your body the proper nutrients will help you gain energy and have a productive day. Choose a healthy option for breakfast that will keep you full and energized.
One of my favorite things to do every morning when I first wake up is to chug a cold glass of water. Water aids in helping the brain get oxygen, and keeps your body from getting dehydrated. When you get dehydrated, you get tired. Drink water, your body needs it!
TAKE THE RIGHT KIND OF SHOWER:
While a long, hot shower might be the first thing that you want to do when you wake up, it can actually hurt you in the end! Try using a bit of colder water in your showers in the morning to wake yourself up and get your body ready for the day. Timing your showers is not a bad idea either! Taking a 45-minute shower in the morning isn’t exactly going to wake your body up. Taking a quick shower in a certain time frame every day, and being weary of the time will keep you alert and on your toes. Aromatherapy is also a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. I personally use Bath and Body Works “Stress” body scrub and it is actually amazing.
WAKE UP AT THE RIGHT TIME:
Do you ever have those days when you wake up and literally nothing can get you out of bed? Those are the absolute WORST. The reasoning behind days like this is that your alarm clock does not know your sleep schedule. Your alarm could be waking you up when you are in your deepest sleep every morning and you would not even know it (unless you were super tired of course, then maybe you would know it). There are a TON of different apps and fitness devices that can help to wake you up in the proper timing of your sleep cycle. I use the FitBit and it is seriously a game changer. This device tracks when you are in your lightest and deepest sleep cycle and wakes you up when you are in a lighter cycle.
Have you ever tried waking up without caffeine?! Has it worked for you?! Let me know in the comments below!