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August 22, 2007

Top 10 Ways to Shake the Morning Grogginess

Some people like to wake up early, while others can’t wake up late enough. However, regardless of what time your job starts, you have to be there on time!

There are various ways to overcome the sleepy feeling that plagues many of us in the morning. Here are 10 of them:

  • Exercise
  • Taking a shower (cold)
  • Coffee
  • Cooking
  • Eating breakfast
  • Having an engaging conversation
  • Driving (with the windows open)
  • Listening to your favorite music
  • Reading the newspaper
  • Going to sleep early

How do you shake your morning grogginess?

For more on this subject, check out this article: “Work Strategies for Night Owls and Early Birds”

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I go for my morning 5 miles run. It's amazingly refreshing, even ifI'm very sleepy...

Posted by: Wake Up Early! | Aug 23, 2007 1:05:39 AM

I try to cool myself in the morning: cold shower, cooler bedroom, windows open in the kitchen, semi-cooled coffee, car windows open or AC on, AC turned way up in office, etc.

It works, at least for some.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 28, 2007 10:21:31 AM

I go in my office and sleep for another hour or so! I feel great afterwards!

Posted by: Dexxy | Aug 28, 2007 10:23:47 AM

Ice cold water...mmmmm!

Posted by: Armstrong | Aug 28, 2007 10:35:46 AM

If you're that groggy, you shouldn't be getting in the car and driving - we all forget it's the most dangerous activity that most of us will undertake in a given day.

Posted by: Andy Cunningham | Aug 28, 2007 10:36:08 AM

Coffee. Without a doubt the only way. I need a pot of it before I can even remember where my shower is.

Posted by: Bart | Aug 28, 2007 10:45:09 AM

1. Coffee to wake you up WOW.....who knew

2. Taking a cold shower.....these tips are gold I tell ya

3. Going to sleep early....GEEZ these tips are great

Posted by: lib4 | Aug 28, 2007 11:13:52 AM

I enjoy a nice glass of orange juice first thing in the morning. If after breakfast I still feel extremely groggy, I take a 15 minute nap. Then I'm ready to take on the day.

Posted by: KS | Aug 28, 2007 12:19:09 PM

Dexxy, thanks for making me laugh.

I wrote a blurb on this recently, a lightheaded blurb.

http://www.ihateyourjob.com/morning-people-zombies-and-persecution/

For me, I wake up extra early. Sounds counter-intuitive, but that lets me wake up gradually while I watch TV or something.

Posted by: Chuck | Aug 28, 2007 12:21:11 PM

Significant evidence indicates that driving while sleepy increases your chance of a collision at least as much as driving drunk, so maybe you shouldn't be advocating that...

Posted by: Kavan Wolfe | Aug 28, 2007 2:20:18 PM

Ride your bike to work! Good for you, the world, and it wakes you up.

Posted by: Josh | Aug 28, 2007 4:14:04 PM

"Going to sleep early"

How are you supposed to do that? ;-)

Posted by: pietro | Aug 28, 2007 4:16:59 PM

would running 5 miles run everyday help in the long run.? sounds like you can have a very tiresome day to come.

Posted by: eh | Aug 28, 2007 4:22:10 PM

Things that help me are:

1. Coffee.
2. LOTS of light. get spectra lamps.
3. Shower
4. The newz.
5. Eat something.

Posted by: dep | Aug 28, 2007 5:25:40 PM

I have a few ways to shake morning grogginess.

First, don't linger in bed. I love to linger in bed, listening to the radio, but it is a sure fire way for me to move slow in the morning.

Second, shower immediately. Normally I shuffle out and check my email, check the weather, check webcomics, etc. But by jumping in the shower right away, I wake up right away.

Third, get dressed as soon as possible.

Fourth, drink a glass of cold water. Right down the hatch, as soon as I can.

Posted by: Sean | Aug 28, 2007 5:58:43 PM

I make a point of getting up early so I can watch something from the DVR while I read my morning RSS feeds - by the time I've watched 45 minutes of TV and caught up on the blogs, my brain has finished booting up.

Posted by: jpb | Aug 28, 2007 8:49:22 PM

I find that when I call in sick and have a few more hours sleep, I feel TONS better.

Posted by: gbr | Aug 29, 2007 10:20:53 AM

Um...these are not really very amazing suggestions...these are all things most people do in the morning anyway.

Posted by: Angela | Aug 29, 2007 3:43:08 PM

(1) When I am really groggy, I find that holding my breath for 30 seconds can bring me to almost full alertness. It's not pleasant, so I only do it when I really need to wake up. I've read that the increase in carbon dioxide in the blood is what causes this, but I can't verify that.

(2) If I am getting sleepy while driving, I chew something.

Posted by: David Scrimshaw | Aug 30, 2007 3:30:47 PM

Drink a glass or two of water first thing. Dehydration causes fatigue, and sleep is very dehydrating.

I don't shower in the morning, but washing my face with cool water and brushing my hair sure makes me feel more awake.

Posted by: Katey | Sep 3, 2007 11:13:20 AM

Cold Shower? No Way.

Nothing gets the blood flowing and dismisses groggyness like a nice hot shower. It warms the muscles, eases aching joints, clears the sinuses, and takes the pressure of the thyroid (to maintain body temperature) long enough for your other body systems to get the kick-start they need.

Posted by: CascadeHush | Sep 4, 2007 3:01:19 AM

Great list Dans. For those interested in this topic, there is a whole site dedicated to the subject of how to sleep well and wake up early

Posted by: Wake Up Tips | Sep 5, 2007 4:06:14 AM

Hmmm.... well, I can rule out biking to work: 106 miles is far too long to pedal.

And if I didn't drive while I was tired, I'd probably never hold a job!

Posted by: Charlie on the PA Tpk | Dec 31, 2007 1:20:07 PM

This is a great list as so many people need to add exercise to their morning or evening routines. One thing I would add to the list that I've used for late night driving is chewing gum in the car.

I find the debate between hot and cold showers in the morning interesting. I prefer hot showers myself, and speaking to you as a person who has had a low body temp and probably a touchy thyroid, this is probably right for me. There are people who probably have a strong thyroid who swear that a cold shower is best.

Posted by: Michael | Jan 7, 2008 9:58:36 AM

I find that laughing really helps me, when I'm able to watch a little bit of planets funniest animals and giggle for an hour I feel a little better. My grogginess usually lasts for more than a couple of hours. So I wake up extra early, watch some tv, do everything else people already do and go to work still a bit groggy but not as bad as I could be.

Posted by: cp | Aug 3, 2009 7:42:44 AM

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