Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hate Mornings a Little Less!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! If you love sleep, the feeling is inevitable... You hate mornings... Well, we did some research, and here are some tips to help you hate mornings a little less!

Sound a Different Alarm: A blaring "brrrrng!" will get the job done—but it'll jolt you up on the wrong side of the bed. Change your wake-up call to something a little more pleasant. What about a rise-and-shine playlist? The pleasure centers of your brain love music, so playing your favorite songs will help you feel happier and more alert. Waking up with BeyoncĂ© or Miley = instant energy!

Natural Light- It's nature's alarm clock! Your brain is naturally stimulated by light waves, even with your eyes closed. If you can, leaving the curtains or blinds open can help you wake up in the morning.

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Keep Flowers on Nightstand- In the same way a delivery of beautiful blooms lifts your spirits, seeing fresh flowers first thing in the morning is proven to boost your mood. Researchers at Harvard University found that when people saw a bouquet upon waking they reported feeling happier and more energetic. Even a single daisy on your dresser can do the trick (and looks super sweet, as an added bonus!).

Drown Grogginess- To kick-start your energy, begin your day with a giant drink of water. Your body becomes slightly dehydrated over night, so hydration is essential to get your metabolism going in the morning. Gulping down a glass of H2O as soon as you roll out of bed will lead to increased flow of oxygen, renewed energy levels, and increased alertness. All-around win.

Wake up and smell the... Oranges?- Starbucks may smell like morning to you, but citrus aromas like orange, lemon, and grapefruit will give your brain a wake-up call. Getting a whiff of the fruit increases alertness and energy levels, so starting your day with a juicy body wash and lotion will really punch up your morning.