By Emma Russell
The Tower (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
*ERR ERR ERR*, goes the alarm as it is time to strip yourself from the pure comfort of your bed. Naturally, you hit the snooze, seeking those five more precious minutes to stay cocooned in your blankets. However, when those five minutes are up reality hits and throws you out of your bed into the harsh world. There is a solution to this want to stay glued to your beautiful comforts called bed. The solution is to alter this thought process to become a want to get up and seize the day.
Shut down the technology
As hard as it is to pull ourselves from our beloved phones, it’s one of the only ways to get better sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation our devices emit bright lights that tell our brain it is time to be awake. In turn, this makes us have a harder time to fall asleep. “Texting and emailing after lights outs, even once per week, dramatically increases self-reported daytime sleepiness among teens,” said the National Sleep Foundation. Teens that use their electronics as a way to fall asleep are more likely to have later bedtimes, which result in sleepiness during the day. So, limit yourself to how much you use your phone before bed. Maybe read a book or count sheep rather than getting caught in a Netflix spree.
End your nights early
One of the solutions that may seem to be the more obvious, is to end your nights as early as possible. The average amount of sleep needed for teens is 8 -10 hours according to National Sleep Foundation. In a recent study they said, “Only 15% (of teens) reported sleeping eight and a half hours on school nights.” In order to get this 15% to 100% everyone must change their bedtime. According to Everyday Health you can’t just switch your bedtime from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The time must decrease slowly. So, if you’re going from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m., decrease the time everyday by fifteen minutes or so.
Don’t hit the snooze
By hitting the alarm and promising yourself five more minutes, you’re tricking your body into thinking that waking up was just a false alarm. “The more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get, so you’ll probably feel more out of it even though you actually spent extra time in bed,” Huffington Post said. They also said that your body has several mechanisms to waking up, one being your body temperature needs to heat up. Sleeping an extra five minutes messes with the process your body goes through to wake up. This makes it hard to get out of bed because the bed is warm and your body hasn’t been able to warm up.
Stretching in the morning
It seems hard to wrap your brain around having to add more work into your wake up schedule, but stretching for ten to fifteen minutes will get your body more energized and awake for the day. Stretching will increase the blood flow to your muscles and brain stimulating your body to feel awake. “More blood in your muscles means more energy in the morning. Stretching also increases blood flow to your brain and sharpens your concentration in the morning,” said Urmet Seepter on Good Relaxation.
A healthy breakfast
According to the article “10 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person” on the webpage Real Simple, the best thing to do is load up on protein. “After sleeping all night, our metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest; we need a healthy breakfast to re-energize us,” says Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., a Washington D.C. based nutrition and exercise expert specializing in weight management. A good example of a perfect breakfast to start off the day is a Greek yogurt topped with lots of berries and granola. So skip out on your lucky charms and have a nice bowl of protein to start your morning off healthy and right.
Sleep is important, we need it to function, especially if you are a teen striving for greatness. You can not function at your best without a good seven to eight hours of sleep, so don’t skip on those precious bedtime minutes.
Rise, and live like you really want to.
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