How To Wake Up Refreshed from a Good Night’s Sleep

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Have you every wondered how to wake up refreshed after a night’s sleep?

Sometimes we can sleep all night but still feel groggy. We can feel sluggish, almost hungover and find it difficult to think clearly. I’m definitely someone that needs a good night’s sleep to function well, but even that can leave me feeling unrefreshed. 

What can we do about this?

In this post we’ll look at the different factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep in your home and how to make sure you feel refreshed every single morning.

How to Wake Up Refreshed

Many of our issues around feeling refreshed after sleep can be to do with the quality of sleep we experience. 

If we want to improve that quality here are a few things that can help.

Firstly I want to introduce you to the sleep calculator  – a tool that identifies what kind of sleeper you are and how much sleep you need. 

It’s great for identifying some of the factors that go into getting a good night’s rest that isn’t disturbed and leaves you feeling wakeful in the morning. 

How to wake up refreshed – Temperature

how to wake up refreshed with a blue weighted blanket on a bed with white sheetsImage: BeanBag Bazaar

Creating the right environment for sleep is imperative and will hugely affect the quality of your sleep and how you feel the next morning. 

Make sure the temperature is correct – not too hot and not too cold. This is such a personal factor so I’m not going to dictate the ideal temperature but simply recommend you ensure you are comfortable. 

Too hot? Get a fan or keep a window slightly ajar. 

Too cold? Invest in a warmer duvet, wear different bedclothes or add a blanket. Sometimes the weight of a blanket can help you feel more comfortable and weighted blankets are scientifically proven to improve your sleep.

How to wake up refreshed – Light

Image: Make My Blinds

If, like me, you are extremely sensitive to the light at night or early hours of the morning, it makes sense to invest in a blackout blind.

One word of caution. 

Ensure the blind fits the window well. If you have any kind of side gaps, the morning sun and light will seep into the room and disturb your sleep. It may not be enough to wake you, but it can affect the depth of your sleep making you feel less refreshed in the morning. 

The people at Make My Blinds recommend installing blackout blinds outside the recess to avoid light seepage, or perfect fit blinds which leave no gaps as they are clipped into the window frame.

Invest in a comfortable eye mask to really create the depth of darkness you need, if these things bother you.

It’s worth noting, that the Make My Blinds electric roller blinds allow you to set a time to open your blinds so you wake up easily to natural light in the mornings.

How to wake up refreshed – Noise

how to wake up refreshed with a blackout blinkImage: Make My Blinds

Are you susceptible to noise at night? Are you a ‘light sleeper’?

If your partner’s snoring, cars on your street or music from the teen’s bedroom is affecting you, perhaps you’d benefit from ear plugs at night to ensure a great night’s sleep. 

Noise can be a really big problem when it comes to disrupting your sleep so try and eliminate this from your sleep problems. 

Lumie Light – A Natural Awakening

Image: Quiet Mark

I’ve been using a Lumie light for years, as do my teenagers and the difference it can make to how refreshed you feel is incredible. 

There are different ways to use the clock and light but essentially, set it for the time you want to wake up and it will naturally change the light in the room to mimic a natural sunrise. This wakes your body and mind in a gentle, natural way, pulling you out of your slumber in a peaceful way. You never feel jarred, shocked or panicked by the alarm and often wake naturally before it even goes off. 

I can’t recommend one of these enough if you’re wondering how to wake refreshed even after a good night’s sleep.

Sleep Routine – Food

Do you love eating a big meal in the evening? Do you drink fluids, alcohol, or take stimulants at all? Any of these factors will almost certainly affect the quality of sleep and mean you feel groggy and sluggish the next day. 

I know it feels irritating to adjust your daily habits but sleep is so important to our wellbeing both physical and mental, that it’s 100% worth putting in the effort. 

Change your eating habits. Eat a bigger meal earlier in the day to avoid sugar spikes. Limit your alcohol. 

And while we’re at it, reduce time on your phone, tablet or tv several hours before going to sleep.

Sleep Routine – Meditation

how to wake up refreshed in a white bedroom with pink sheetsImage: Ava Innes

I’m a huge believer in meditation and hypnotherapy before bed and coupled with all the other advice above, believe this contributes to me sleeping better and feeling more alive the next day. 

I use the Breeth app and listen to a bedtime hypnotherapy recording every night. The subliminal messages help you stay asleep longer (essential when you hit menopause) and mean I calm a busy mind, helping me get to sleep in the first place. 

If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend giving it a go. Even my partner falls asleep easier when I play it. 

 

What do you do when you wonder how to wake up refreshed?

What bedtime rituals do you like?

Jen x

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