One simple trick to help wake you up in the mornings, according to an expert

Must See 12/04/2019

Coming into the colder weather, it's becoming harder to get out of bed in the mornings. And if you're not a morning person to begin with, getting up quickly becomes the hardest part of your day.

Well, sleep expert Rafael Pelayo, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Stanford Centre for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, may have the solution for you. 

He suggests that having a good reason to get out of bed in the first place is a great place to start: "You have to have a reason to get out bed in the morning, something you look forward to," he explains.

Even if you love your job, or love the rush of exercise, it's not usually the very first thing you do in the morning when you wake up. Dr Pelayo suggests that having something you do before getting dressed, washing your face or even getting out of bed that you look forward to is important - and suggests the smaller and more specific the thing is, the more effective it can be.

Whether it's reading, watching a funny video or playing a musical instrument, the key is that it gives you a reason to wake up and most importantly, a positive one.

It's very common for the reason you're getting up to be associated with something negative, like 'I'll be late for work' or 'I'll miss the bus' - this means you start to associate physically getting out of bed negative. By associating it with something positive, you may give yourself more energy.

Dr Pelayo says you have to be a bit strict with yourself though: "I tell people that if they skip the activity, or oversleep it, they can't do it again until the next day,"

Positive mindset is important everyone! Make getting out of bed a positive action, and you'll feel much better for it.