5 Sure Ways to Overcome the Morning Zombie Syndrome
Stop Hitting Snooze
This is going to be a hard one for anyone who uses their phone as an alarm clock. Snoozing after your alarm jolts you awake is actually going to have you get up more tired. Plus you’ll be extra pissed off because your alarm went off multiple times in your ear.
According to Dr Jodi Mindell, your brain won’t fully go back to restful sleep in the 5 minutes between the alarm, so you might as well set your alarm for exactly when you have to be up.
Throw open the blinds
Bright light might some like anathema to your sleepy brain but sunlight upon your skin will wake you up far better than any amount of coffee. Seeing and exposing yourself to sunlight will let your body’s internal clock know that it’s time to energise the body (that’s you) and to kill all the sleepiness.
So don’t squint and shut the blinds, crack open the window and eat your breakfast with morning’s glow.
Probably the most unpleasant but undeniably effective, you could start your morning by jumping right into a cold shower instead of waiting for the water to come up to temperature. It’s cheap, fast and simple: perfect if you’re in a rush because you woke up late.
That’s sweating, not swearing, though they might both be equally invigorating. Chase away the drowsiness with some light exercise in the morning to get blood pumping around your body. For the more extreme, you can opt to jump right into a morning workout instead.
No one on Earth can say they hate all music: everyone has some music they absolutely adore. The next time you shuffle out of bed as a zombie, play some of your favourite songs and your brain will send a rush of dopamine (the feel-good chemical), easing you awake.
Bonus points if your songs of choice are upbeat as high tempo songs will energise you. The best bit is that you can combine music with any of the above 4!
Try it all
We can’t guarantee that all of these will be painless but it’s better to try some instead of starting every day groaning and walking into things.
Of course, the best way to wake up energised is to get sufficient sleep (around 7 to 8 hours for adults) but if your work (or social life) is in the way of sweet sweet rest, you know what to do.