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Morning Face: Disability and lifestyle blogger Sarah Alexander shares her morning routine

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Sarah Alexander is a disability and lifestyle blogger, writer, and activist (Picture: Sarah Alexander)

No, we did not wake up like this.

Unless ‘this’ means with tangled bedhead, gunk in the corners of our eyes, and propped up on pillows so we can scroll Twitter for a little too long before our shower.

Morning Face is our new series looking at people’s real life morning routines. It’s a look at the inner workings of people’s lives (because we’re nosy), but without the twinge of shame at your own less than glamorous wake up call that comes with glossy tales of green juices and 5am yoga.

Last week we learned what it’s like to wake up with YouTuber and influencer Estée Lalonde, who starts her day walking the dog and doing a face mask.

This Wednesday we’re waking up with Sarah Alexander, 31, a disability and lifestyle blogger, writer, and activist. Sarah has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which means she experiences chronic pain and uses a wheelchair.

Sarah has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which means she has chronic pain and uses a wheelchair (Picture: Sarah Alexander)

Morning, Sarah. What time are you up?

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I usually wake up around 10am but it completely depends on the kind of night I have had, whether I have actually slept at all, how long I was kept awake in pain, if I woke up with a migraine, etc. Sometimes I can wake up at midday.

There’s no fixed answer on how much sleep I have had as it is often very little because my chronic conditions play a huge part in my sleeping pattern.

Do you hit snooze on your alarm?

I only ever set an alarm if I have to be somewhere and I try to arrange any appointments I have for the afternoon or as late in the morning as I can.

However, when I do set an alarm, I get up right away as I need all the time I can to get my body to function.

Mornings are tough – Sarah struggles to get a good night’s sleep and often wakes up in pain (Picture: Sarah Alexander)

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

The first thing I do when I wake up is look at the time and then take my medication.

What’s next? 

Once I have taken my medication, I make my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth. I then tie my hair back and cleanse my face, I’m currently using Ren cleansing gel, I then use my Ren toner and finally a Dermalogica moisturiser. Then I go back to bed.

If I have somewhere to be, I always give myself at least an hour and a half as I need my medication to kick in and take my time getting ready. Most days I don’t have to get ready to go anywhere and am more often than not found in my pyjamas for days on end.

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My disability massively impacts my morning and my nights before. If I haven’t slept and have had a bad night I am never in a good mood the next morning.

I am usually extremely stiff in my joints, I pretty much sound like a haunted house with all my creaking bones, and I take a while to be able to concentrate.

Due to my conditions being variable no morning is the same and this can drastically impact my day. The only thing I do every morning is some basic stretches that I do sat on the edge of my bed; this wakes up my joints and gets me ready for the day.

She starts her day with medication, skincare, and stretches (Picture: Sarah Alexander)

What are you listening to in the morning?

I sometimes listen to music but more often than not I just talk to my dog.

How do you feel in the mornings? 

I am not and have never been a morning person. I’ve always been really good at getting up, even as a child, my mum would call me once and I’d be straight up but my younger brother would take forever. I’m a night owl so mornings are not my favourite.

I much prefer staying up late and getting up late, and that works with mine and my boyfriend’s routine. I often need some time alone of a morning because I’m trying to get myself to function.

The way I feel completely depends on my health as it’s unpredictable.

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What’s the first thing you eat or drink?

The first thing I drink of a morning is water, I don’t drink tea or coffee and can’t eat as soon as I get up as it makes me nauseous.

Most days Sarah stays in pyjamas, but if she needs to leave the house her boyfriend will help her get dressed (Picture: Sarah Alexander)

Once you’re up and out of bed, what does your morning look like?

I don’t get dressed every morning; I only get dressed if we are going somewhere because the act of getting dressed, doing my makeup and hair is so much effort that I end up in agony and it’s not worth it if I’m not leaving the house.

If we are going out, it takes me quite a while and my boyfriend helps me get dressed. I live the pyjama life as it is easier for me.

I then usually do some blog admin, reply to emails, take photographs if I am feeling able, and always snuggle my dog. This happens probably one or two days a week though. You can mostly find me on my sofa with a blanket watching television or scrolling Twitter because my body is completely unreliable and I’ve learnt that I need to listen to it.

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What do you need to have a good morning?

The essential things I need for a good morning are water, my medication, my phone to access my emails and to call my mum (I call her every morning) and time so I can wake up properly and give my body some time to get started.

I also love a cuddle with my Cockapoo puppy, Teddy, he brightens my mornings.

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