Can’t get out of bed in the morning? We’ve been there. Maybe aches and pains are making getting up difficult. Or perhaps you’re struggling to find the mental motivation or the wish and willpower to get up and at ‘em.
While some people spring out of bed effortlessly in the morning, ready to tackle the day head on, for many among us, rising and shining just isn’t all that easy. And at certain times of the year, it can be even more difficult, with dark mornings or a chill in the air making staying wrapped up in your duvet all the more tempting.
Ok, the team here at Bensons for Beds might appear to be most concerned with getting you tucked up into a nice new bed on most days, but we also know a thing or two about how to get out of bed.
So whether it’s physical problems that are making getting up and about a challenge each morning or those low, lazy or lethargic feelings keeping you snoozing beyond your alarm, read on for some top tips for a more motivated and mobile morning.
How to get out of bed when you’re lacking motivation
1. Wake bright with cheerful décor
Colours can impact some people’s mood . Calming whites and moody blues might help create the mellow atmosphere you need to drift off at night, but if you’re feeling groggy in the mornings, you might appreciate a more inspiring interior.
Among the most energising colours you can choose are:
- Yellow, joyful and positive, yellow is linked to curiosity
- Green provides feelings of freshness and promotes concentration
- Associated with youth and vitality, orange might give you a burst of enthusiasm
If wall-to-wall orange isn’t doing it for you, cheerful artworks or painted furniture might help to bring energising brightness into your room. Plants and flowers are a great source of uplifting colour too which you can learn more about in our guide to introducing plants into your bedroom.
2. Reduce clutter for a cleaner, simpler morning
Live messy? If your bedside table is overflowing with junk and there are piles of laundry and other waiting chores grabbing your attention as soon as you open your eyes, it’s little wonder you’re struggling to get out of bed.
Do yourself a favour by getting those quick jobs, such as hanging clothes and putting away jewellery, done before you go to sleep.
Not only will staying on top of clutter help to keep your bedroom fresh as a daisy and neat as a pin, there’s also a good chance that waking to a chore-free scene will reduce your morning ‘urgh’ levels too.
3. Let the sunshine in
A lot of us are far more influenced by the sun’s rays than we realise. While some people – around three in 100 [i] - suffer from a serious winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), others simply need a good dose of sunshine in the morning to help them get up and go.
If this sounds familiar, try opening a blind or curtain before you turn in for the night. If your mornings are still too dark, switching on a SAD light therapy lamp, which supplies light that mimics the sun’s luminance, might help. Alternatively, a sunrise alarm clock can help you to awaken naturally with an imitation slow summer sunrise.
How to make it physically easier to get out of bed
For some people, especially as they get older, mobility can impact the ability to get out of bed. The problem isn’t necessarily that you don’t want to get out of bed but that, without some level of assistance, you can’t.
Sound familiar? Struggling to get upright and on the ground in the morning can be a source of frustration and might have you worried. But that needn’t be the case. Some simple changes to your bedroom could help to make getting out of bed in the morning more comfortable and keep you independent for longer.
4. Change the height of your bed
If getting out of (and into) bed is a real problem, you might opt for a divan bed . Unlike solid wood or metal bed frames, many divans are supplied with optional castors, feet or legs. These allow you to select the height of a divan bed that meets your needs. For more information, you can read all about the benefits of a divan bed here.
Where hopping down from your bed feels like a great drop, swapping legs for much lower feet could make a huge difference. And for those who struggle with bending, a higher bed could assist.
We also have ¾ height divan bases, which are lower than standard divan bases.
A different mattress could help too. Available in a surprising array of thicknesses, a new mattress could add (or remove) a good two or three inches to your bed height. And since a mattress without enough support (or one with too much give) could be making it hard to get yourself upright without a fight, this is a good opportunity to get some advice on the best mattress for the support you require.
5. Try an adjustable bed
Adjustable beds, also known as mobility beds, are built with moving parts controlled by a remote or, in some cases, your smart phone. Lifting at the head and foot to take pressure off and help you to comfortably sit up, adjustable beds can make a huge difference for those with arthritis, a bad back or stiff joints. They can also make slow mornings a whole lot more pleasant, allowing you to read, watch TV or eat breakfast comfortably and fully upright.
Domestic electric beds are very different to the kind you’ll find in hospital, with numerous stylish options available to suit your bedroom décor, while making your mornings more comfortable.
6. Treat yourself to a teasmade
When joint problems and mobility issues make getting out of bed hard going, sometimes all it needs is a gentler morning routine. Allowing your muscles and joints to warm up bit by bit really can help make mornings feel less stressful.
But what if you (like most of us) can’t get to full throttle without your morning cuppa? Easy peasy – take it back to the ‘70s with a teasmade. Those little tubs of UHT milk mean that you needn’t worry about warm dairy produce, while a packet of bedside biscuits gives you something to dunk. Just sit up and sip, catch up on the morning news and do some light stretches. You’ll be ready to go in no time.
How to help persuade yourself to get out of bed
We all have those days once in a while. There’s nothing you want more that to spend all day under the covers and the thought of doing anything else makes you despair. It’s only to be expected. Some days just call for cosying up and, sometimes, it’s worth listening to your body and indulging in a duvet day.
Once in a while is one thing, but if you’re regularly struggling to get up in the morning and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason it may just be time to ask yourself these questions?...
7. Is your bedroom the right temperature?
It may seem like a silly question but being too cold or, conversely, too warm, can make it hard to climb out of bed.
How to get out of bed when it’s cold? The answer could be as simple as closing a window or programming your heating to come on an hour earlier. In the market for a new shower? Invest in a smart model that can be switched on via remote or smartphone to warm while you wake. Cold flooring? Rugs will warm up wood or tiles.
8. Are you dreading the day ahead?
When life gives you lemons, getting out of bed can be the last thing that you want to do.
If something in your life is making you feel that morning dread, it may be time to try to find something worth waking up for. It could be a delicious new coffee or listening to a favourite song while you brush your teeth – anything that makes you smile.
How we can help you
If mornings are getting you down and good cups of coffee and morning yoga just aren’t cutting it, it could be time to invest in the tools you need for a better night’s sleep and a happier, more comfortable rise and shine. And when that time comes, the team at Bensons for Beds are here to help.
Full of helpful tips and advice to aid you in finding your bed, your way ®, we can talk you through your many varied bed options, from adjustable beds to divans. We can also give you a supportive hand in finding your perfect mattress using our smart sleep pro® technology. This clever system effortlessly provides you with your ideal comfort rating, from soft to extra firm, making choosing the right mattress hassle-free.
With finance options, including interest free credit and Klarna payments spread across three months , we take the financial stress out of buying a new bed too. Meanwhile free delivery makes it simple to get your new bedroom furniture into your home with no need for you to lift a finger.
We can even help to recycle your old mattress so there’s no need for sleepless nights worrying about how to dispose of that, either!
Pop into your nearest store to browse our range of morning-friendly beds and mattresses and talk through your options with our friendly staff. Or take a look through the different types of mattresses you can buy now, online. And - if you’re ready and raring to order but have a few questions before you take the plunge, just give us a call on 0808 144 6160.