Wake Up Naturally

Motorized window coverings are the perfect way to wake up each morning.

It’s that time of year when folks begin to set new year’s resolutions. What are yours for this year? One of mine is to train my body to wake up without the use of an alarm clock. I’m told it’s entirely possible, so I’ve done a little research to get ready to follow through on this goal.

Using your senses, even while you are asleep, is believed to be one of the most successful ways to train yourself to wake up without an alarm. Here’s how to employ them to the task

Set the right temperature. As you sleep, your body cools down and then warms back up as you prepare to awaken. Use this to your advantage by setting the thermostat to a temperature below 75 degrees when you go to bed. If possible, set the timer on your thermostat to raise the temperature about an hour before it’s time for you to wake up. This will prompt you to awaken as your body temperature changes.

Get your olfactory senses involved. That simply means let your nose awaken you. If you’re a coffee drinker, get an automatic coffee maker that you can set to turn on and brew a fresh cup of joe just before you want to wake up. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you could get creative with an electronic oil diffuser on a timer with some peppermint essential oils in it to get you going.

Use less-shocking sounds. Find a clock (or use your phone) with nature sounds or a soft melody to awaken you in a more pleasurable manner. Yes, that’s still using an alarm clock, but at least it wouldn’t be as jarring as the traditional scare-you-out-of-slumber blaring. Or leave your window open a crack to hear the noises increase as others get started on their day.

Let light lift you out of sleep. This is probably my favorite solution to try. Light has been shown to improve mood and make you feel more energized, so this seems like a great way to wake up. You could sleep with your blinds or shades open, but in the city or even in neighborhoods with street lights, nighttime can be just as bright as daytime! Instead, another automated solution comes to mind: Get motorized black out blinds or shades so it’s nice and dark when you sleep (studies show this improves the quality of your sleep) and you can automate when they open and shut via an app on your smart phone.

Austin Window Fashions offers a variety of Hunter Douglas options for motorized blinds and shades. This might be the best and most effective means to achieve a no-alarm wake up so you can ease your way into a wonderful day.

Think about the new year before you and decide what goals will help you to live a happier, healthier life.