Waking your body up naturally can be hard, especially if you're not a morning person. But getting up in the winter months can be especially difficult.

In the throes of winter, not a sound is made. The dark is only kept out by a duvet and the feeling of despair settles in by the first ring of the alarm clock. Getting yourself motivated can be challenging enough on a normal day, but when it's cold and dark outside, your body's natural defences don't want to get up.

Tempting as it may be to hibernate until winter is over, life takes priority. Work, children, household chores and bills won't take care of themselves. Turning over and snoozing for five minutes can turn into half an hour without you realising and before you know it, you have slept in for half the morning.

By that time throwing on all your clothes in a rush is not an option - you're going to have to explain to your boss that you've slept in. Fortunately there are steps you can take to avoid this situation. Adjusting your body clock to suit the season is simple. By following this guide, you will feel more alert and ready to take on the world every morning.

Things You Will Need

Alarm clock


Herbal/Fruit Tea (Optional)

Dawn simulators or 'Light Therapy' device

Step 1

As groggy eyed as you may be, this is the first step to waking up. If you keep on putting it off, you'll never do it and keep finding excuses. Getting into a regular habit of waking up at a set time is ideal as the body performs at its optimum when it settles into a routine. The main thing to do is to 'bite the bullet' and get up as soon as your alarm clock goes off.

Step 2

Invest in some light therapy. Dawn or light simulators can help you to wake up naturally by emulating natural sunlight at sunrise, so helping your body and mind to wake up by slowing down melatonin in the brain.

Step 3

Stretch. A few simple movements in the morning can help to get the cells moving and your blood pumping around your body. Moving first thing in the morning can also help to ease negative feelings and put you in a good mood for the day.

Step 4

Splash your face with water. This simple trick works by awakening your senses and making you feel instantly more alert. Water will wake your mind up and make you more aware of your surroundings. Gently pat dry with a towel afterwards.

Step 5

Try a cup of herbal or fruit tea. Lemon and ginger tea can revitalise your body, whilst drinking boiled water first thing in the morning can also aid digestion for the rest of the day.

Following the steps above should help in waking your body and mind naturally, so that you feel alert and ready for the day ahead.

Tips & Warnings

Caffeine can disrupt your sleeping patterns, so it is best to avoid this before bedtime.
It is worth noting that green tea contains caffeine, so it is best to avoid this upon going to sleep/immediately awaking.
Instead try valerian tea before sleep, or fruit teas or boiling water in the morning.
Getting to bed too late or far too early can have a negative effect on your sleeping patterns.