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01 September, 2016
Back to School Hacks: Getting Up Early
By London Designer Outlet
Back to School Hacks: Waking Up Early
How quickly is this year going?! It seems like not that long ago we were ringing in the new year with fireworks, resolutions (whatever happened to those?) and optimism for the months ahead. Now, the diets are well and truly over (for a few months), the sun is out, and… suddenly, it’s September?! You know what that means… back to school!
But it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. Here are London Designer Outlet’s top life hacks, tips and tricks to make going back to school a breeze – for kids and mum and dad!
The Holy Grail: Waking Up Early
We know, we know… just five more minutes! Don’t worry, we’ve all had problems dragging ourselves away from our comfy duvets in the morning. But there are ways to beat the dreaded alarm clock.
Make the Morning Worth Getting Up For
First things first, plan to have an exciting and tasty breakfast. Seriously, you’ll look forward to it more when you pry your sleepy eyes open and remember what’s waiting for you in the kitchen. Granola and yoghurt? Your favourite cereal? A full English fry up? You’ll bolt out of bed if it means enjoying your favourite food to start the day. Also remember to keep your alarm clock as far away in your room as possible. Not so far that you can’t hear it, of course – but far enough that you’ll be forced to get out of bed to turn it off – this minimises the risk of pressing the snooze button one too many times.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Of course, the best way to really maximise your rise and shine ability is to get a good night’s sleep the night before. Not only does this mean going to bed at a reasonable time (which is a given), but also organising your bed, your bedroom, and your evening routine so that sleep is easy, deep, uninterrupted, and as comfortable as possible. The number one rule here is to switch off your mobile phone – this will stop the temptation to check your notifications before bed that often lead to scrolling Facebook or reading endless Wikipedia articles for hours. The only exception to this rule is if your phone is acting as your alarm… but in that case, it should be across the room anyway!
Make Yourself As Comfortable As Possible.
This means choosing a quilt or blanket that keeps you warm, but not too warm. According to the Wall Street Journal, the best temperature for sleep is between 16 and 20 degrees – so make sure to use thinner blankets during the surprising Summer heatwaves, and get steadily thicker into the colder, Winter months. It’s also important to ensure you sleep in total darkness. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the sleep hormone melatonin is produced at its highest levels in times of natural darkness – usually between 9pm and 9am – so making your bedroom the darkest it possibly can be will make your sleep deep and reinvigorating, like a natural sleep aid! Anything from turning off outside lights, to investing in blackout blinds can help.
Prepare Yourself For Relaxation
There’s a reason it’s not recommended to go for a high-intensity workout, drink a big mug of hot coffee, or watch a scary film before going to bed. You’re not ready to go to sleep if you’re excitable – and neither is your body. To prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep, you need to relax, calm your body down, and lower your heart rate. The perfect first step for this is to have a long, warm bath. This will calm your senses, relax your muscles, help to regulate your body temperature (remember how important that is!), improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and provide the added bonus of cleansing your pores and hydrate your skin! All that from a hot soak? You bet! Bath salts and balms from the Body Shop are optional, of course…
Have A Glass Of Water
Of course, having a bath isn’t the only water you should involve in your bedtime regime. Drinking a glass of water before bed (and keeping a glass beside the bed at night) will relax your body further, regulate temperature, rejuvenate your muscles, and hydrate your skin. It also helps activate the internal organs and cycle through the toxins in your body – making you feel better when you get up the next morning.
Get Into A Good Book
According to the National Sleep Foundation, keeping a relaxing reading ritual can prepare your body for sleep by helping your mind separate busy daily life from peaceful sleep time. Winding down can help you to fall asleep faster, and deeper. Plus, Northern Illinois University found that avid readers performed better on tests of cognitive functioning, as well as scoring higher in vocabulary and generalized knowledge than non-readers. So, a bedtime read not only helps you sleep, but makes you smarter – prepare to dazzle your new classmates!