Do you often struggle to get out of bed when it’s cold? It feels like an impossible task to clamber out of those toasty covers into the brisk cold air. It’s so much easier to stay snuggled in your bed and forget about the outside world.
However, most of the time, you’ve got stuff to do. Work, housekeeping, the kids, all these require you to get out of bed and brace the chill. So, how can you make getting out of bed when it’s cold a little bit easier?
We’ve put together 5 practical tips which show you exactly how to get out of bed when it’s cold with complete ease. Through using these tried and tested methods, you’ll be springing out of bed without hesitation.
Set the Central Heating to Come on When You Wake
One of the simplest and easier techniques to help you wake up and get out of bed when it’s cold is to set your thermostat to turn on in the morning. If you’re trying your best to wake up on a cold winter’s day, you don’t want your room matching the temperature of the outside. Set the thermostat to come on just a few moments before you wake up and you’ll be able to rise to normal room temperatures; not sub-zero chills.
As for the temperature itself, aim for 18C – 21C. This should be the ideal temperature to make waking up a breeze and this is often recommended from sleep and bed experts.
Wear Something Warmer to Bed
This is a tip that isn’t mentioned a lot on other articles but is an effective way to help you get out bed when it’s cold, and fast. If you’re going to bed with only a few items of clothing on (or maybe none at all!), you’ll have to awaken without any layers of protection. If, however, you were to go to sleep with a few extra layers on, getting up and facing the cold would be a whole lot easier.
Of course, we aren’t recommending you go ahead and wear a ski jacket to bed. Wear a full set of PJs (top and trousers) and maybe throw in some fluffy socks to keep your toes warm. If you feel uncomfortable wearing too many clothes in bed, keep some warm clothes nearby that you can grab and put on when you rise. Follow this tip and you’ll be able to battle the cold effectively.
Consume Something Warm When You Wake
When you’re waking up to cold temperatures, not only are you shivering but you’re also going to be hungry and lacking energy. This is the perfect opportunity to succeed in achieving to things in one single action. Get yourself a warm beverage, such as tea or coffee, and a warm breakfast like eggs or porridge. Not only will this food replenish your energy, but it will also warm you up and kickstart you for the day ahead.
Make Sure Your Alarm is Soothing and Calm
If you’re struggling to wake up in the cold, the last thing you want to do is set a super loud alarm which is going to scare the living daylights out of you in the morning. You, instead, should have something that is calming and relaxing. Something that will help you rise with little to no friction.
There are a range of alarm apps available for this kind of setting. Many alarms have a gradient setting which allow you to set an alarm which builds up gradually, getting louder and louder until you turn it off. This means you get woken up gradually, opposed to being scared into reality which can result in a poor start to the day. By gradually waking up, you can make a more empowered decision to climb out of bed and face the cold with bravery.
Don’t Try to Justify Staying in Bed
This next tip doesn’t rely on any special equipment or tech to help you get out of bed and face the cold – it ultimately relies on your own mental willpower. That might sound like a bit of a no-brainer. Some of you might even be saying “well duh, of course you need willpower to get up”, and to be honest, I can see why you might be saying this. However, most of the time, we give in and justify staying in bed.
We have a tendency to believe those 2-3 extra minutes in bed will benefit us hugely. Despite this, they often do more damage than they do good. In fact, in some cases, they can actually make us sleepier when we do end up getting out of bed.
To combat this, you need to turn off that logical side of your brain that is telling you to justify your need to stay in bed. Plot twist, your brain is lying to you! Don’t listen to it. Look forward to getting up and getting ready, realise that by staying in bed you’re missing out on having a productive morning. With the right mindset, you won’t need any of the nifty hacks in this article, you’ll be able to do it all by yourself!
Have a Shower Immediately After Waking
Having a shower straight after you wake up is an excellent way to get you started for the day ahead and is one to try if you’re struggling to wake up because of the cold. A hot shower will get your blood flowing, warming you up and helping you face those cold winter mornings.
Get Yourself a Light Box
One of the hardest aspects to deal with when waking up in the cold is the lack of sunlight present in the room. This lack of light can make it especially hard to wake as your internal body clock (circadian rhythm) is battling with your body. Your brain tells you it’s time to wake but your body is telling you to go back to bed.
In the cold winter mornings, you don’t need this conflict. Getting a light box can be an effective way to add some light to your mornings without the need of sunlight. These boxes light up when the alarm goes off and add a bit of sunshine on those cold, blue days.
Additionally, adding a bit of sunlight to your room in the mornings has the benefit of improved wellbeing, energy, and productivity and it is a useful thing that you need to kickstart your day.
Handing it Over to You
If you’re looking for an easy way to get out of bed when it’s cold in the mornings, particularly in seasons such as winter, this article has provided you with a number of nifty tips to try and experiment with.
So, the real question is this: which one are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments!