Are you like me? Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? Your mom keeps calling you but you just don’t have the energy to get up. Some days, you don’t even hear her call you. What are we doing wrong? After thinking about it for a while and doing some reading on this topic, I came up with some solutions. Try them out and tell me what you think.
1. Say the following prayer (dua) to wake you up from sleep.
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ
The meaning: “I seek refuge with Allah from the evil of shaythan. Praise is to God, Who gives us life after He has caused us to die (sleep) and to Him is our return.”
I have made it a habit to say this simple sentence every morning before I rise out of bed and it has really helped me get out of bed. Allah’s (swt) words can have a positive impact. Try it and see.
2. Set up your alarm clock
Alarm clocks are great and loud enough to shake us out of our slumber. Make sure to check the batteries in your alarm clock so it will work.
3. Make sure you get enough sleep (at least 6-8 hours) the night before
Our day is filled with many activities and in the end we’re exhausted. We need to recharge our batteries. The way to do this is to get enough, restful sleep. Let’s go to bed early and forget about that late movie or T.V. show. You don’t need to have something on your mind bothering you while you sleep. That’s not what we call restful sleep.
– Before you sleep:
- Avoid any junk food, especially ones loaded with sugar that can keep you awake.
- End your meal at least one hour before bedtime.
- Taking a shower/ghusul will put you in a calm mood for bed and make you feel clean and refreshed.
- The Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) used to lie down on his right side with with his hand under his head/pillow. Follow this wonderful Sunnah to get extra reward and have the Prophet Mohammad be proud of you! *Science has stated that sleeping on your right side will allow your spine to relax in its natural curvature and help aide in the digestion of food. Changing to the left side during the night is also recommended. Just avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Recite Surah al-Ihklas, Surah an-Nas and Surah al-Falaq to give you a peaceful sleep.
4. Stay in Shape
Being active is vital to your health. Playing sports or just walking briskly everyday can help you pump your heart faster and stimulate your magnificent machine (your body). When your body is in shape, you feel better and have more energy to get up in the morning. Our Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was very physically fit. Even at a young age, he played all sorts of sports. Some of which were swimming, running, archery, horseback-riding and etc. When you push yourself to exercise, not only are you boosting up your energy, but you are also getting an extra Sunnah reward! This is a win-win situation.
A few things that get me moving are :
- Running back and forth in the backyard 10 times.
- Playing sports with my sisters and brothers.
- Having a contest with them to see who can do the most jumping jacks (or any other activity).
- Walking up and down the stairs many times. Remember to slow down, you don’t want to fall.
- Playing tag and chase with my family in our front or back yard.
- Going hiking with my family on Sunday mornings.
5. Eat healthier and avoid junk food
Like they say, you are what you eat. Remember this the next time you choose your next meal. To learn more about healthier eating habits, watch these short videos:
Read the following helpful Tips for eating:
- Say “Bismillahi-Rahmani-Rahim”, before you begin to eat. Allah(swt) loves it when you remember Him and appreciate His blessings. Food is a awesome blessing, alhumdulillah.
- The Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) recommended that we balance our meal into 3 parts: Take in 1/3 of water, 1/3 of air and 1/3 of food.
- Drink a cup of water before you begin your meal. You will be surprised to see that you are not as hungry as you thought.
- After you have finished your meal, stop and wait for at least 20 minutes before you take a second helping. Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes.
6. Partner up with your sibling
Our brother and/or sister are an immense blessing from Allah(swt). They can help us in many ways. Beside, picking us up when we fall and get hurt, standing up for us when others are not so nice, and sharing their meal when we’re hungry. Our siblings can be our partner to just about anything. Whatever is challenging to you, ask them to team up with you to tackle through the difficulty and pass the test together. Whether it’s following a healthy diet or exercising when you really don’t want to, or even getting up earlier so you don’t miss fajr prayer (A very special and important appointment with Allah(swt)). We are stronger when we work together.
I have been implementing these simple changes to help me wake up refreshed with energy. And, let me tell you, it has been helping a great deal. Come on, try it and see!