“I don’t feel so good.”
A famous line to Marvel fans, but guess what? Some of us say stuff like this the moment we wake up.
Did it ever happen to you?
Morning sickness can mean a lot. For now, let’s divide it into three: pregnancy, dire, and light. Unfortunately, I won’t be talking about morning sickness for pregnant women.
I classified it into dire and light, depending on what “sickness” you may be feeling. Let’s start with “dire” morning sickness.
Nausea is one of the uncommon morning sicknesses that some people experience. Many things can be caused, such as anxiety, bad diet, or low blood sugar.
Here’s the thing: If you ever feel nauseous in the morning, you should see a doctor. It’s better to be safe than sorry, eh?
I will be conversing more on the moderate or light morning illness as I have a lot of experience you may relate to.
Light morning sickness can be a lot of things. Let’s start with something simple:
1. Morning fatigue
How can you be tired when you literally just woke up? The very first thing that comes to mind is messed up body clock. Do you sleep on time? Or simply, do you get enough sleep?
2. Still feeling sleepy
This can happen if you didn’t sleep well last night. Also, if you overslept or under-slept, you’ll probably still be sleepy and would fall asleep quite quickly.
3. Too lazy to get out of bed
It’s your day off; you’re awake but not getting out of bed. A lazy day perhaps? Just gonna check the phone for any updates. Later on, you noticed it’s already past noon.
Does that sound familiar to you?
By the way, these are from my lazy experiences. But hey, I’ve changed for the better. Which is why I’m gonna tell you all the stuff that I did to actually “evolve.”
Here are the things to do to avoid these light morning sicknesses and feel more energized.
1. 6 – 8 hours of sleep
This is really important, which is sometimes ignored by adults because of our busy schedule. You should always have 6-8 hours of sleep. ALWAYS! If you sleep for fewer hours, that will inevitably lead to morning fatigue.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone since we all have different schedules. But as much as possible, for your sake, get that 6-8 hours of sleep.
That’s just one side of the coin. Here’s more:
2. Sleeping schedule
If not, your body clock would be swearing right now.
If you only had 4 hours of sleep and say, “I will just catch up on my sleep later.” Sorry to break it to you, but it just doesn’t work that way. Which is why having a regular sleeping schedule is essential?
For example, for one week, you slept a little early, perhaps 8 pm? Then you wake up at 4 am (for one week). Then suddenly, you changed your sleeping schedule to 11 pm. Indeed, you’ll wake up around 4 am, because you’re used to it.
Also, it will wake time to get used to your new sleeping schedule. Imagine if your sleeping schedule is out of whack, your body clock won’t even have time to adjust. Chances are you won’t be able to fall asleep quickly or wake up even before the alarm rings.
3. Never hit snooze
Some people may be so happy that there is a snooze feature for alarms. But is it really a “good” feature?
One word: NO!
Hitting snooze does more harm than good. If you don’t believe me, try NOT to hit the snooze button even just for one day. Then, compare it to the days in which you keep on hitting snooze.
In my experience, I feel more happy and awake compared to hitting the snooze five times and having more “sleep.”
Furthermore, when the alarm goes off, you should get up and do some activity to wake you up. (After fixing the bed, that is.)
Here are some activities that I do, and you can try:
- Exercise: Can be jogging, biking, going to the gym, anything you want (If this is something you like doing, of course)
- Take a shower: There is actually a study for this. Basically, cold showers are proven to help provide you with more energy for the day.
- Eat breakfast: preferably something light.
- Brew some coffee
By the way, I don’t do all of this; sometimes, I only do one.
4. Fix your bed
I gotta admit, I hated doing this but now? It actually became my habit. Having that feeling of simple accomplishment will trick your brain into doing more. In other words, there’s a high chance you’ll be productive for the rest of your day.
5. Something to look forward to
Plan your day the night before. If you plan on doing something, you’ll have the feeling of enthusiasm to get out of bed. Even something as simple as “I will practice the guitar,” or “I will call my friend and catch up.” Otherwise, it’s most likely gonna be a lazy day.
Not all of this works on everyone. It’s a matter of trial and error and your preference. For example, exercising is not for me, but brewing coffee is.
In other words, it’s all up to you. I’m sure you can make some adjustments to feel more energized in the mornings.