There is nothing worse than feeling groggy and sleepy when you wake up in the morning– after all, you want to be refreshed and ready to take on the new day. Not getting enough sleep is one of the main reasons why some people don’t feel so great in the mornings, but it’s a relatively easy issue to combat. It can be easy to get a decent quantity and quality of sleep, so read on if you think you might need a little bit of a helping hand.

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Bedding

Having appropriate and comfortable bedding will allow you to sleep better and for longer. Most often this depends on the type of mattress you are using, but your pillows and sheets can play a part as well. Your bedding should match your sleep posture. Different positions require different types of support at various points of your body, whether you predominantly sleep on ‘your back, stomach, or side. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, your best bet is to go and see a specialist such as Sleepy’s so they can find the best mattress for you.

Routine

Having a consistent routine that you follow every night is a good way to settle your body down and tell it that you will be getting ready to rest soon. This routine doesn’t have to be anything too complicated, it just has to consist of a few calming activities you do before you go to bed. Try to avoid playing on your phone or your tablet, and set particular wake and sleep times and adhere to these. You will be surprised at what a difference these little points can make!

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Plan Meal Times

Your body needs time to digest your food, so it is not particularly advisable to have a big meal before you want to go to bed. Leave at least a couple of hours between your last meal and your bedtime, so your body isn’t trying to do too many things at once when you want to actually lie down and rest.

Cut Back on Caffeine

Too much caffeine and sugar before bed, but also through the day, can affect your quality of sleep. It may not necessarily seem like much at the time, but keep an eye out on your coffee intake, and try not to have any after 5pm in the evening. You might not want to admit it, but it will allow your body to deal with the insulin and caffeine with more ease, giving you a better night’s sleep.

There are plenty of other things you can do to make sure that you are ready and rearing to go every morning, but the four listed above are a good place to start. If you think you might need some more guidance, don’t be afraid to do some research, or to ask your friends and family for some help.

Do you feel refreshed every morning after you wake up? Are there any particular things you do to get a proper night’s rest? What has worked for you and what hasn’t? Leave your thoughts in the section below.