Waking up in the morning is rarely pleasant. (Unless you’re one of those weird morning people, —how??) The transition from sleep to awake is often jarring a brief moment of confusion before the realization hits: it is time, yet again, to cosplay as an adult human who has their sh*t together. Studies have shown that stress anticipation first thing in the morning can negatively affect our entire day. So, to help make mornings (and the other hours we are awake) a little easier, we have rounded up our favorite tips for waking up gently.
TRY A SLEEP-TRACKING APP
We like ShutEye, an app that tracks sleep quality, record sounds such as snoring, talking, walking, and time spent in each phase of sleep, and wakes us up in our lightest sleep phase. It also has a mix of sleep sounds and stories for the ones who have trouble falling asleep. Another good similar sleep tracking apps are Sleep Tracker (there are 2 Sleep Tracker apps with that same name, and both are amazing)
- Sleep Tracker – Sleep Recorder on the App Store (apple.com)
- Sleep Tracker, Recorder on the App Store (apple.com)
USE A SUNRISE ALARM
These alarms mimic the sunrise to help us wake up naturally, without a noisy alarm sound. Brookstone is one such alarm. It has many cool features that help improve sleep, including gentle white noise/radio stations, customizable light colors, and a wind-down routine. Since we can’t figure out where we got the Brookstone sunrise alarm, below are four similar ones:
- Amazon.com: Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock for Kids, Heavy Sleepers, Bedroom, with Sunrise Simulation, Sleep Aid, Dual Alarms, FM Radio, Snooze, Nightlight, Daylight, 7 Colors, 7 Natural Sounds, Ideal for Gift: Electronics
- SmartSleep Wake-up Light HF3520/60 | Philips
- Hatch Restore – Smart Sound Machine Alarm Clock | Hatch
- Luci Explore: Solar Portable Light + Speaker | Brookstone
CHANGE THE TEMPERATURE
Getting out of bed feels even more challenging when it’s too hot or too cold. A smart thermostat can automatically change the temperature at a set time to help us fall asleep and wake up better. Or try the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover, a smart device that goes over your mattress and automatically adjusts the bed’s temperature.
Do a quick yoga flow
Take a moment to go through a few yoga poses that can be done without getting out of bed, like happy baby, pigeon pose, and butterfly, to help calm anxiety and practice mindfulness.
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