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How to Wake Up Feeling Refreshed.

Updated on May 26, 2014

Wakey Wakey!

Do you regularly wake up feeling like the walking dead? Are you sick of the sight of that obnoxious alarm clock you wake up next to every morning? Do you regularly find yourself stumbling downstairs towards the kettle murmuring something along the lines of 'WHHHY?’? Are you offended by cockerels?

If you answered yes to any of the above, I’d like to diagnose you as one of the millions of sufferers of what I call 'morningitis'. As a light sleeper myself I started testing various methods to help with that after alarm feeling of dread. Not a morning person either? Read on.

Included here are some slightly scientific suggestions and personal ramblings about how to wake up feeling refreshed. They may just turn you from Jeckle and Hyde into that marvellously, chirpy morning beater! After all, the early bird catches the worm (scoff, scoff).

How to Wake up Feeling Refreshed (It is possible)

1. Exercise. It’s a well-known fact that exercise has many health benefits. Nothing new there. If like me you have a seemingly vast amount of energy, get down the gym get involved in a local club/class, or put those dusty running shoes on! Benefits of exercise partly aid a good night’s sleep. I personally fall into a deep sleep after playing sport, or going for a run and generally wake up feeling refreshed. However there are certain measures to take after completing heavy bouts of exercise.

If you overdo it, exercise can have the opposite effect to how you wake up. After a hard workout your body needs to repair itself. Muscle fibres are damaged, electrolytes lost through sweat and large amounts of energy may be expelled. If you do not cool down properly, feed your body with the nutrition it needs or not rehydrate properly after a session, you may even wake up feeling more tired than usual.

2. Get fresh air asap! On the rare occasion drag myself out of bed, put on running shoes and get going, a feeling of well-being and contentment arises along with my heart rate. First thing morning exercise gives your world a whole new perspective. You early birds'll know what I’m talking about! After exercising early, a focus comes over me, I have more energy for the days tasks and generally have a more positive outlook. Plus, I feel a lot more tired earlier in the night, helping me to wake up early the next morning again.

3. Wrap things up before you go to bed. Whether it be stuff around the house or work you have brought home with you, finish it before you go to sleep. I sometimes find myself waking up in the night unnecessarily thinking or even dreaming about things I should have done, or need to do. Writing a list of what needs to be taken care of the next day seems to put my mind at rest. Being organised might help you wake up feeling refreshed, ready for the day ahead with you to do list ready to go.

4. Yoga. I recently read an article here on hubpages that suggested Yoga to aid you falling asleep. Having never practiced yoga before I thought I’d give it a go. What did I have to lose? 15 minutes a night I carried out two or three of the suggested exercises including breathing and relaxation methods. Relaxing the body and mind before going to bed led me into falling into a deep sleep, sometimes finding it difficult to wake up! I love hubpages, you can learn so much here.

5. Caffeine and a good breakfast. Millions swear by it! Caffeine in small doses is also reported to have other health benefits. Personally, as soon as I wake up a coffee isn’t far behind. Also a pint of water to rehydrate and flush out toxins from the system seems to help. A good nutritious breakfast will also get you pumped for the day ahead. A mixture of fruit, yoghurt and carbohydrates in the form of cereals or bread usually works wonders for me. Bananas are a great source of natural sugars which up your energy levels as they are broken down and absorbed quickly.

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In conclusion here I'd like to point out the main ideas behind this hub; eat healthy food, exercise, relax and find time for yourself. Sometimes easier said than done with today's hectic lifestyles. Waking up on the right or wrong side of the bed usually affects my mood for the whole day. All the more reason to find something that works so the 'am' experience becomes just that bit more bearable. WARNING! Be careful when checking hubscores in the morning, this may affect your daily outlook dramatically!!

Note; this has been written purely for fun based on my own experiences and research on how to wake up feeling refreshed. It’s not a guarantee that these methods will work for you, although I hope they do!

How do you wake up in the morning? What do you do to help yourself motivated for the day ahead?


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  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Wales, UK

    Does tea have more caffeine?! That's what I've heard, but it just doesn't have the same effect as a coffee for me!

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    Thelma Alberts 

    5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    The smell of coffee makes me feel sick in the morning so I only drink that in the afternoon after brunch. A mug of creamy tea wakes me up though it takes 2 mugs to start my day. Great tips!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Wales, UK

    @ sgbrown. Thanks for the positives. Sounds like you've got a good system on the go there! Keep up the motivation!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Glenn Stok. the hardest thing is to keep it going isn't it! Hope you can keep it going!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Zandadee try a bit of exercise, you'll be surprised!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Wales, UK

    Indeed howler monkey, get back to the gym and get re-energised! Thanks for the comments.

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    Sheila Brown 

    6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I have always been "a morning person". I like to get up early and get my "chores" behind me so I can do what I want to do for the rest of the day. Coffee gets me started and if the weather permits, I go for a walk. I really feel more refreshed and ready to go after my walk. Getting enough sleep is a must for feeling good in the mornings! Great tips here, voting up and more. :)

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I like these tips. I agree completely with the exercise because it really does give us energy and makes you feel better; oh, and definitely coffee in the morning!

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    Glenn Stok 

    6 years ago from Long Island, NY

    Great ideas and a good review of useful methods to wake up refreshed. I do exercise once in a while when I wake up, but I don't make a habit of it. But after reading your hub I gave it some thought and realized that those days when I do exercise, I feel so much better and have the energy to get going. I should do it every morning. Thanks for the reminder. You have also given me some other ideas of things to try. Which I will do.

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Millionaire Tips. Indeed it is, we must do battle everyday...

  • ZandaDee profile image


    6 years ago from Sydney

    Nothing gets me out of bed faster than a double shot cappuccino before work! Nice hub post!

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    Jeff Boettner 

    6 years ago from Tampa, FL

    Those who may have read my early mornign comments know I'm not a morning person (kidding, kind of), but you are so right about the exercise. A few months ago I was hitting the gym in the am and felt great......not sure what happened, (lost my gym card?... am I still paying dues?...) but now I'm waking up at the last minute and slamming caffeine, coming into work like a zombie from "The Walking Dead" -- literally. I'm gonna start slow, but tomorrow I'll try a walk around the block and see how it goes. Up and sharing

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    These are good tips for morningitis. Waking up is so very hard to do.

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    Hi Tillsontitan, thanks for the comments. There are literally billions of sufferers of morningitis! Lets hope we can assist in making the daily struggle that little bit easier, of course exercise is the way forward! Thanks for the positive comments.

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    Mary Craig 

    7 years ago from New York

    There's more morningitis than you think livingabroad! Getting to sleep and getting up can sometimes be the hardest things to do everyday. Yet another reason to get outside and exercise! I like your style and enjoyed reading this.

    Voted up, funny, and interesting.

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Ruchira, glad to see you are in the same boat! Thanks for the positive comments

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Hezekiah, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy catching your Zzzz's!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @ignugent, Oh so I'm not the only one with morningitis?! Good to know there are others out there. I hope these tips help you in your quest for feeling refreshed in the morning!

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @Brett.Tesol, coffee is a must for me to but you should definitely try some of the the other suggestions. If you could muster up the motivation to go for a run before work in the morning, a new world awaits you on the other side!!

    Thanks or the positives!

  • Ruchira profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    i can vouch for these tips. very useful and awesome hub!!

    many votes indeed!

  • Hezekiah profile image


    7 years ago from Japan

    Very nice tips here, time for some Zzzz Myself

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    7 years ago

    I like this hub. I need energy to wake up because I have morningitis. Thanks for the tips. voted up and shared!

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    Brett C 

    7 years ago from Asia

    Nice hub, a fun read and also some good tips shared. I have to confess that coffeeeeeee is definitely my boost to the morning (as it seems to be for most, going by the poll), but might have to try some of your other suggestions.

    Shared, tweeted, up and interesting.

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 

    7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi livingabroad, All your points very valid in the art of waking up refreshed! I too usually am a light sleeper, early riser and have found this more so in the last 5 years or so, must be old age! Ha! Confess that coffee works for me but exercise definitely makes a great difference. Well thought out info, congrats on a great hub my friend. Voted and shared:)

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @yourglobalgirl, Do try if you have problems getting up in the morning, it does seem to help! Thanks for commenting.

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    7 years ago from UK

    Some great tips here. I will have to put one or two into practice.

  • livingabroad profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Wales, UK

    @ sethpowers, Thanks for your tips. I've not tried fruit before bed, but I'll give it a go! I think different people function better on different amounts of sleep right. 7 - 9 hours is normal isn't it? Cheers for stopping by and commenting.

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    7 years ago from Virginia

    These aren't bad tips. I've heard of taking certain vitamins or eating small amounts of nutritious food (like an orange) before going to sleep to help you wake up more refreshed. I think the amount of time you sleep also has something to do with it.


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