Ever heard your alarm go off, hit the snooze button, rolled over, and barely dragged yourself out of bed barely in time to groggily stumble out of the house? We’ve all been there.
Whether you’re getting a full nine hours of sleep each night or not, waking up in the morning can be a challenge—especially if your body isn’t used to a daily rhythm, or if you’re constantly waking up in the middle of sleep cycles.
Generally, the human body cycles through four to six sleep cycles each night. Within these cycles are five distinct stages, starting with light sleep (stage one), and moving on to deep sleep, and the rapid eye movement phase (stages 4 and 5). Sleep cycles last approximately 90 minutes, during which the brain forms new pathways to process information, keeps hormones in check, and prepares our bodies for the next day.
However, being awakened during the final stages of sleep can be disorienting, and often leaves us feeling even more drowsy throughout the day.
While the best way to combat this sluggish response is to get yourself on a regular sleep schedule, there are a few essential oils you can add to your morning routine to help yourself feel more alert, focused, and ready to take on the day!
Here are three of our favorites:
Some claim that the smell of citrus fruit can decrease stress and increase serotonin levels in the brain--helping us feel happier and more alert. Make a room spray to keep by your bed by mixing ¾ cup water, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, and 17 drops of lemon oil into a small spray bottle.
A few things to try:
In addition to trying some new essential oils, there are a few other ideas you can incorporate in morning and evening routines to make waking up a little easier. We’ve found that waking up a few minutes earlier can give you a little extra time to feel centered and grounded before your day starts.
Instead of hitting snooze, take a morning walk, do some yoga, read for a few minutes, or cozy up with a warm cup of herbal tea. Avoid caffeine during evening hours, and decrease your screen time before heading to bed. These habits will promote restful sleep before you hit the sack, and give you something to look forward to when you wake up.
Remember that starting a new morning routine can take practice, and although it might take time to find that extra energy boost in the AM, your effort will certainly pay off in the end!