Each morning offers you a new opportunity to make the day yours and take charge of the hours ahead. But if you’re not a morning person, then you’re probably not too enthusiastic about getting up and starting your day after a full night of sleep. If you tend to groan at your alarm and hit the snooze button more times than you might like to admit, before drinking as much coffee as you can to wake you up, then it might be time to think about putting together a morning routine that serves you best and makes waking up and getting your day started easier. 

Drink Some Water

If you always wake up with a dry mouth then starting your day with a glass of water can make all the difference. However, you can make your morning routine easier and more comfortable by figuring out why you have a dry mouth in the first place. Snoring or open-mouth breathing when you are asleep is a common cause of waking up with a dry mouth and you may not even realize that you are doing it. You can use snoring strips or consider changing your sleep position to put you on your side to reduce the risk of this happening and allow you to wake up feeling more comfortable and refreshed. 

Change Your Alarm Tone

A study from 2020 found that waking up to a melodic alarm such as natural sounds or a rhythmic instrumental tune is going to wake you up more gently compared to a jarring alarm sound, which can help you feel better when you wake up. Choosing music that you like, instead of a blaring sound to get you up in the morning can help to reduce grogginess when you wake up and get your morning off to a better start. 

Let the Natural Light In

Natural light plays a huge part in your morning routine, whether or not you realize it. Sunlight will help you start your internal clock for the day and getting some natural light first thing in the morning can make it easier for your body to realize that it’s time to wake up, which can help with alertness even if you’ve not had your morning coffee yet. Along with this, getting the more natural light first thing in the morning can help you feel sleepier at night, which makes it easier to go to bed on time and wake up earlier. 

Wash Your Face

Washing your face with some lukewarm or cool water after getting up can help to invigorate you and refresh your tired eyes. While giving your face a full wash in the morning might not be necessary if you have dry or sensitive skin or tend to do a full skincare routine before going to bed, a little bit of water can help you clean the night away and start your day feeling more alert and refreshed. 

Eat a Balanced Breakfast

Starting your day with a breakfast that is packed with protein and nutritionally balanced won’t just fill you up in the morning, but it will also provide you with much-needed energy and fuel for the day ahead. While eating a big breakfast isn’t always necessary, grabbing something to eat first thing will give you a satisfying boost, especially if you choose foods like whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, or foods that are rich in protein like plain yogurt or eggs.  If you’re not a morning person, your morning routine might not be serving you well. Consider doing these things in the mornings to help you be more alert and get your day off to a better start.