When the alarm goes off every morning, is it hard to push away your warm covers and get up? Maybe that’s because you’re a poor sleeper to begin with, and the sound of the alarm is just one cruel wakeup call. Whatever the reason is for staying in bed well past snooze, you’ll want to keep reading for three super simple tips to help you to wake up and seize the day.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water has lots of health benefits. But staying up to speed on your water intake can help you wake up once the alarm goes off. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Going to bed even mildly dehydrated can disrupt your sleep”, and that goes for dry mouth and nasal passages, muscles cramps and even a decline in cognitive performance the next day.

Don’t skimp on exercise

It should come as no surprise that the many health benefits of physical fitness extends to better sleep. Experts say that “early morning and afternoon exercises may also help reset the sleep wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later.”

So, it’s a good idea to avoid exercise in the evening, as this can disrupt your sleep cycle by raising your body temperature too high.

Have a breakfast you’re excited about

If getting up means going out into the cold, going to work and dealing with the same problems you had to face the day before, that’s not much motivation to wake up. But what if you planned a yummy breakfast for yourself? Maybe it’s the ultimate homemade breakfast bowl. Maybe it’s a croissant, fresh out of the oven.

Whatever your ideal breakfast is, if you have something to look forward to, it can help you wake up when you hear that dreaded alarm.

You’ve probably heard red wine touted as a heart-healthy drink. But in general, alcohol gets a bad rap. For one thing, it can be high in calories. For another thing, it can wreak havoc on the liver. And it’s even thought to be a toxic substance for nerve cells. However, new research is redeeming alcohol, saying that there are some benefits from consuming small amounts of alcohol. 

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