You work all week, then the weekend is upon you, you relax, unwind, then back to Monday, it feels like an elephant is sitting on you when you try to get up. Does that sound familiar ?

Firstly, you are short changing your body if you are getting less than 7 hours sleep a night.  That stops the brain being able to work through a number of sleep cycles (see the attached article). 

The main reasons why it may be hard to get up on Monday could be :

1. Irregular Bedtimes - this plays tricks on the brain, and shifts your Circadian rhythms - making waking harder.

2. Sleeping Late At Weekends - again, a shift to the sleep cycle. Just as you get used to a later wake up time, it is back to the Monday morning alarm.

3. Hit The Snooze Button - this throws you back into one of the sleep cycles, making it even tougher to get up later on.

4. Genetics - not a lot you can do about this, your genes have a part to play here.

5. The Weather & Time Of The Year - nature has a huge influence, just like a hibernating bear, it is not always easy to get up in the dark, cold and wet

6. Technology - due to the light they emit, spending time on phones and technology before bed triggers the brain to stop producing melatonin which helps you sleep. Leave them in another room.

There are a number of factors which can help or hinder our sleep.  Regular bedtimes and waking rituals, avoiding the snooze, and putting aside technology are all things you can do to help.

Together we can bring some Serenity to your life