How to Eliminate Early Morning Grogginess

Do you have trouble waking up in the morning? Millions of people suffer from early morning grogginess or sleep inertia that lasts up to several hours after awakening. Here’s what you can do about it.

Do you suffer from early morning grogginess? Early morning grogginess is the feeling of fogginess that surrounds you when you first wake up in the morning. Persons suffering from this condition are sometimes said to have sleep inertia. There are a few fortunate souls who are able to leap out of bed in the morning ready to take on the day while others aren’t fully functional for hours after awakening. If you fall into the second category, here are some steps you can take to reduce morning grogginess:

Open the blinds

Light is one of the greatest cures for morning grogginess and sleep inertia. Open the blinds as soon as you awaken and let the light shine in. This will help to clear your grogginess more quickly.

Take a shower

A shower, particularly a slightly cold one, can be quite effective for clearing the effects of sleep inertia. After opening the blinds, the next stop you should make is the bathroom to take a shower.

Start moving as quickly as possible

Don’t lounge in bed after your alarm goes off. Get up immediately and start doing gentle stretching exercises to increase blood flow to your brain and muscles. Movement is another effective cure for morning grogginess.

Get up at the same time each day

Keep regular hours for going to sleep and waking up. Your brain will learn to adjust to this rhythm and respond with increased alertness at your designated wake up time.


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  1. I do all of these things every day, but didn’t used to – they make a HUGE difference in your ability to function in the morning, as well as overall sleep quality.

  2. Yes! very helpful article. I am slow getting going in the morning. These things DO help!! Thanks!

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