Your body has built-in biological processes that take cues from outside stimuli: We’re talking light here, folks. No matter whether you consider yourself a “night-owl” or not, when the sun comes up, your body wants to be awake. Your ability to fight this and stay asleep is a testament to the fact that you need more sleep.
The key is not to fight this built-in body clock, but to use it to your advantage. You also want to establish a morning routine that has you fully awake and alert before you leave the house. Napping or catching up on sleep on the train or bus into work can leave you tired all day.
One of the most effective ways to use the sun to your benefit is to go into the sunniest part of your home after you wake up. We’re not being sadistic – don’t stare into the sun! But stretch, try to open your eyes and spend a few minutes in this lit room with your eyes open and relax. If you coffee pot is on a timer, enjoy your cup of coffee here first.
For many, a shower in the morning can be helpful in coming to full wakefulness. Take a shower, but try not to make it your main shower of the day if that leaves you rushed. The key is to create a routine that helps you wake up, but does not add stress to your day.