March 20, 2012

The Wrong Side of the Bed: 5 Tips for Waking Up Happier

Case of the Mondays

Some call it a Case of the Mondays; others blame their sour disposition on what side of the bed they wake up on. Well we have news for you, Crabby Pants: your bad mood isn’t just affecting you, but the world around you as well.

What you project into the world has a profound effect on how you see the world around you and how others see you. Wouldn’t you like to wake up perfectly pleasant and ready to start your day? Here are five tips for starting your day on the right foot:

  1. Be Aware of Your Moods
    Being stressed, angry or otherwise upset, doesn’t only make you grouchy, it can also put a strain on your body. Being aware of your moods, and how you perceive the world around you, can make an impact your emotional and physical well-being. Tell yourself it’s going to be a good day—it can actually help!
  2. Take Time to Eat a Hearty Breakfast
    You might not feel hungry when you wake up, but your body requires the fuel you get from food to run efficiently. A healthy meal, full of nutrients, can keep you focused, help you get more done and set the tone for the rest of the day.
  3. Monitor Your Caffeine Intake
    While caffeine can give you a jolt of energy, too much can actually hinder the quality of your sleep. Since happy mornings start with a good night’s sleep, make sure not to overdo it when it comes to coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
  4. Cut Back on Late Night Media
    TV might seem relaxing, but some experts speculate that the artificial glow from devices like your TV, laptop and cell phone, can hinder your ability to fall asleep at night. Anxiety, caused by stressful news events or emails, can also make falling asleep more challenging. Ensure a bright morning by cutting the cords with your gadgets at least 30 minutes before you head to bed.
  5. Wake Up at the Right Time

    Did you know that if you’re awoken during a light stage of sleep you will feel more refresh, energetic and alert? That means, the deeper the sleep you are in when the alarm goes off, the worse you feel when you wake up (talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed). That’s where SleepTracker comes in handy. SleepTracker monitors your sleep throughout the night and wakes you up during a light sleep stage—allowing you to start your day less tired and groggy.

Does a positive start to your morning impact the rest of your day? What are your tips for waking up happy? Share them with us by leaving a comment on our Facebook Page.