Wonderful Wake-Ups – How To Spring Out Of Bed Every Day
This post was created in collaboration with Bed Guru and their Spring Out Of Bed campaign.
Not Everyone Is A Morning Person. If you’re reading that and thinking “HA yes” then hi! I’m one of those irritating Morning People who can spring out of bed and be jolly at you until you want to smack me! Don’t worry though, I get You. I do. My husband is Not a Morning Person. The majority of the people I’ve known throughout my life aren’t. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
To be fair, as I’ve aged and become a mum, I’ve grown a huge admiration for the Not Morning People. I mean, despite feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck and being grumpier than a mama bear with cubs, you still manage to get going. Somehow. Anyhow?
The folks at Bed Guru asked me to talk about my own morning routine. Their #SpringOutOfBed campaign is focusing on how to (you’ve got it) spring out of bed into the morning! So, great nights’ sleeps, wonderful wake-ups, and how everyone can wake up HAPPY! every single day. Yes, let’s just gloss over the part where I yelled HAPPY! at you at 7am. But seriously though, I thought I’d share some of the things that I do to help me spring out of bed each morning, what with being one of those annoying Morning People and all.
As part of the campaign, Bed Guru sent me the rather sexy and delicious breakfast hamper you’ll see throughout this post…and they have one to giveaway to you as well! Details are at the bottom of the post.
HOW TO SPRING OUT OF BED EVERY DAY!
GET A GREAT NIGHT’S SLEEP
Yeah yeah, boringly obvious, right? But, unfortunately, the foundation of great sleep really is annoyingly vital to a wonderful wake-up. It gets said EVERYWHERE, but having a bit of screen-free time before sleeping is hugely beneficial. I normally fall asleep reading, and I’ve written before about the benefits of screen-free time before bed. Going to bed at a decent time helps too, unless you’re one of those people who thrives on little sleep. Ooh, AND, I’ve actually found that a decent pillow spray can really help my sleep. Yes, I know it sounds a little silly, but this stuff from This Works has helped me sleep a lot longer and deeper on many occasions now.
Finally, your sleeping equipment is MEGA important. I mean, if you’re not comfortable on your bed, how can you expect to sleep well? I only buy duvet covers that fit well and feel nice, and have a super favourite pillow that goes with me everywhere. Comfort is KING. But, the major piece of sleeping equipment that NEEDS to be completely right is your mattress. Bed Guru have recently launched a new range of pocket-sprung mattresses to fulfil what they see as their obligation to give everybody a great night’s sleep. It’s only since having a child that I’ve come to realise just how important a decent mattress can be. Don’t scrimp on it!
BEAST THOSE ALARMS
If you’re the type of person who needs an alarm to wake up (OH TO BE YOU *wakes up at sunrise every day without fail*), make sure you’re using it. There’s zero point in setting an alarm and then snoozing it 20 times only to race out of bed half-asleep at 8am and roll into work feeling like a zombie. Unless that’s what turns you on.
But, if that’s you and you wish it weren’t, BEAST IT. Set more than one alarm, 5 minutes or so apart. The second it goes off, stick your foot out of bed. Then your arm. Then push the duvet off. Sit up. Put both feet on the floor. Spring out of bed. If you don’t get all that done after the first alarm, then you’ve got another chance. And then another. Make YOURSELF the Alarm King. Show them who’s Boss. Don’t let them go off more than twice. Who do they think they are, after all? Pushy noisy twits.
WATER IS LIFE
Seriously. If you struggle to wake up, and if you’re still basically comatose even after you finally manage to spring out of bed, water is your BFF. A shower, a face wash, anything! Get some water on your face, refresh your eyes, take a good long drink of the stuff. And, if it’s cold…even better. But obviously you don’t have to do that. Because, y’know. Cold.
LINE UP SOMETHING TASTY TO LOOK FORWARDS TO!
If a great breakfast is something that will take you 20 minutes longer to prepare, then so be it. Set those alarms for earlier. Because, and I promise you this, if you have an AWESOME breakfast to look forwards to, it is so much easier to spring out of bed. Currently, I wake up and go straight downstairs to make my and my son’s breakfast. He invariably has cereal and fruit, but I have something that I look forward to as soon as I wake up. It could be crisp bacon and sweet tomato with basil inside a sandwich thin, followed by a bowl of luscious and tart berries with creamy yogurt. It could be overnight oats stuffed full of juicy cherries and warming cinnamon, waiting for me in the fridge. Or, it could be something more extravagant like silky avocado toast with a perfect poached egg, or fluffy pancakes. Either way, I’m excited, and so is my stomach.
The hamper provided by Bed Guru is a brilliant example of a breakfast to get excited about! All-butter croissants, smoked salmon, jams and marmalades, and tea and coffee. Plus a saucy bottle of Bucks Fizz, which automatically makes me think there’s an awesome day ahead. Yes, that could well just be due to Christmas.
PUT ON SOME MUSIC!
There’s a reason Spotify make so many of those nauseating Morning Motivation!-type playlists. Music really can help you get going, and lift your mood. After all, before we all had smartphones, clock radios were all the rage weren’t they? What better than being woken up with a burst of some happy tunes? Just don’t set your alarm to be your favourite song. Trust me on that. There’s no quicker way to wind up hating something.
DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
At the end of the day, if doing all of the above plus countless other things to help you spring out of bed and wake up happy doesn’t work, then who cares? People are people, and if staying in bed until the last possible second makes you happy, then Do It. If burning the midnight oil then heading straight back out to work makes you happy, Do It. And if skipping breakfast and consuming nothing but caffeine truly makes you happy, Do It! You’re you, after all.
Me though, I’ll stick to all of the above. They make me feel like a total boss and set me up properly for the day ahead. Especially the food part. Yep, definitely that part.
And on that topic, Bed Guru have one of these fab breakfast hampers to give away to one lucky AS person! They’re fairly sizeable – it’s not just a box with a couple of teabags and a scone. Nope, I’m talking four croissants, a packet of smoked salmon, all the preserves/spreads you can shake a stick at, English Breakfast tea, freshly ground coffee, and a bottle of delicious Bucks Fizz. If you’re interested in winning one of these to set your weekend off on the best possible note (or a special weekday, whichever), then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!
Additionally, if you aren’t the winner then you can still WIN (in a way), as Clearwater Hampers have provided a 15% discount until 30 June 2017 with the code SPRING15. Oh, and NO minimum spend required, woo! Head here to check out those bad boy hampers.
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Good luck! And let me know what YOU do to help yourself spring out of bed in the morning. A vat of coffee? Wide open windows? Threats of pain? I’m not here to judge.