Hitting the snooze button, looking at your phone and not making your bed are among the top seven biggest morning routine mistakes that could sabotage your day.
The experts from Australian lifestyle company Bed Threads revealed how your morning habits can impact your mood.
While getting out of bed might be difficult, it’s important to set a routine to ensure the morning runs smoothly.
In many cases, setting a routine is necessary to avoid fatigue or sleep insomnia.
The experts from Australian lifestyle company Bed Threads revealed how your morning habits can impact your mood (stock image)
1. Hitting the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button is a morning habit many are familiar with, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, research suggests more than half of working adults hit snooze instead of getting up straight away.
While the snooze button isn’t a bad thing and could be used to lay in bed for few extra minutes, it won’t provide enough time to finish a complete sleep cycle.
Constantly hitting snooze may make you feel less refreshed once you wake up.
To force yourself up in the morning, place the alarm somewhere that’s out of reach so you need to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
2. Jumping straight to your phone
Rather than turning to your phone as soon as you wake up, opt to wake your body up slowly through meditation, reading or sitting.
The morning is a fantastic time to practice self-care, gratitude and stretching to prepare for the day ahead.
Looking at your phone, accessing social media and reading the news can often put you in a bad mood that may impact the rest of the day.
3. Not organising yourself the night before
A lack of planning can quickly turn the morning into a frantic mess, which will impact your start to the day.
Whether you need to plan your work outfit, find your keys and wallet, prep your breakfast in advance or pack your work or gym bag, it’s best to do so the night before.
Without planning these small aspects you could be sent into a rush, leaving you feeling ‘grouchy’.
Hitting the snooze button, not making your bed, failing to hydrate and looking at your phone are among the top seven biggest mistakes (stock image)
4. Not making your bed
While it’s important to let your bed air out after sleeping in it, it’s just as essential to make your bed before going to work.
This small task will set the tone for the rest of the day by making you feel in control, and it means after returning home from work you will have a perfectly clean, organised bed to relax on.
5. Not drinking enough water
As our bodies go several hours without water while we sleep, it’s important to hydrate and drink a fresh glass of water soon after waking up.
This will help with digestion, metabolism and brain power, but failing to do so may cause unwanted headaches and fatigue.
As our bodies go several hours without water while we sleep, it’s important to hydrate and drink a fresh glass of water soon after waking up (stock image)
6. Keeping your blinds closed
The experts said one of the first things you should do after waking up is open the blinds.
‘Exposure to natural light is one the easiest ways to help wake you up in the morning because it tells your body that it should stop sleeping,’ the Bed Thread experts wrote.
We need to see sunlight in order for our brains to properly function.
If you can, keep the blinds slightly open to let naturally light in and wake you up slowly as the sun rises.
7. Not waking up at the same time each morning
Getting up at the same time every day, even on weekends, will ensure you wake up feeling refreshed.
Sleeping in more than two hours over your regular wake-up time can leave you feeling sluggish and could lead to insomnia.
The experts recommend setting an alarm on weekdays and allowing an extra half an hour of sleep-in time on weekends.