How do you start your day? Do you take a while to get out of bed, or are you the type of person who leaps out of bed the moment their alarm clock rings? Do you start the day with a big breakfast or only eat lightly and have coffee? Your morning habits may have a huge effect on the way you feel the rest of your day! Here are a few habits you may want to eliminate from your morning routine:
Stop Worrying About Sleep Quality
If you’re the sort of person who likes to check their Fitbit to analyze their sleep patterns and quality, you may be the kind of person who gets stressed because they didn’t sleep as well last night. While fitness trackers can help you to be more active and get better sleep at night, they can also be a source of stress. Anything that causes you to start the morning with extra stress is definitely something you want to eliminate from your morning habits. Plus, you’ll feel like you SHOULD be sleepy, even if you aren’t actually. The result: more tiredness during the day.
Stay Off Your Phone
In this case, your phone isn’t the one to blame for your extra sleepiness first thing in the morning. Your mind has learned to equate bed with sleep. Instead of getting active the moment your alarm goes off, the fact that you stay in bed on your phone means your brain doesn’t get active for a while yet. It will feel like you’ve got more time to rest, making it harder to get out of bed.
Don’t Sleep “Just a Little More”
If you’re the sort of person who likes to sleep “just a few more minutes”, you may be doing your body a disservice. You don’t have to worry if you’re just closing your eyes for 8-15 minutes, but if you pass the 20-minute mark, your body is going to enter a normal sleep cycle. Waking up before that sleep cycle ends (usually about 90 minutes) can make you feel more tired than you would have had you gotten out of bed the moment your alarm went off.
After a night of repair and recovery from a day of hard work, your body is actually mildly dehydrated. A cup or two of water can go a long way toward perking you up and getting your body and mind ready for the day ahead. Make sure to drink at least 8 ounces of water before you head off the work–your body will thank you!
Do Your Workout First Thing
A late-night workout may sound much easier, but did you know that a morning training session can give you MORE energy for the day ahead? Exercise produces endorphins to make you feel better all day long, and increases your oxygen and nutrient intake and delivery throughout your body. A morning workout can enhance your energy and vitality throughout the day.
Take a Morning Shower
Most people think of night time as the best time to shower, as the warm water helps to relax your muscles after a long day of work. But what you might not know is that a warm shower actually wakes you up! It raises your core body temperature, increasing the amount of time it takes to cool down at night. Better stick with a cool/cold shower and snuggle under your blankets, and take that hot shower to wake you up first thing in the morning!