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Can't I just stay in my warm bed?

Can't I just stay in my warm bed?

By Chris Strub

Oh, the weather outside is frightful - and so is that nasty morning chill just outside of your covers.

The truth is, as temperatures around the Twin Tiers drop, none of us really want to get out of bed - but there are a number of tips you can follow to help get your winter mornings moving.

  •  Brighten up the bedroom. Keep your curtains open to allow natural light in. If you need to wake up earlier than sunrise, a timer on your bedroom lamp or a light box can help.
  • Adjust for sleep cycles. Because a normal human sleep cycle lasts 90 minutes, try timing your bedtime so you sleep for a multiple of 90 minutes - e.g., 6 hours, 7.5 hours or 9 hours.
  • Shower as soon as you get out of bed. Alternating heat and cold can help get your circulation going after a chilly night. Lemon or peppermint essential oils in your shower gels can also help.
  • Program your coffee machine. Alarm clocks are one thing, but the smell of fresh coffee can help arouse you from your slumber.
  • Strategically position your alarm clock. Ah, the oldest trick in the book. If you place your alarm somewhere that you need to stand up to turn it off, you're less likely to subconsciously slam the ‘snooze' button.
  • Put a slice of lemon next to your alarm clock. When you shut off your alarm, lick or suck on the lemon slice. It's a quick, healthy way to get your brain moving right away!