The way our morning goes tends to set up our mood for the rest of the day - so here's how to get off on the right side of the bed.
Though we all love stealing in a couple more minutes of sleep before waking up, pressing snooze actually makes us feel worse in the morning. This is because when the alarm goes off, it triggers a fight or flight reaction that jars us from sleep. The period of grogginess we feel afterward is called sleep inertia and it is our brain trying to bring into the real world.
When we doze off after hitting snooze, each time we reawaken the body must go through sleep inertia. As a result, by the time we finally step out of bed, we feel drowsier and even more tired than if we had just simply gotten up the first time.
Do we really have to say? Okay, we will say it – breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Eating breakfast not only helps kick start our metabolism which helps us burn more calories, but it also gives us energy to get things done! The basic formula for breakfast: Pair carbs with proteins. The carbs give us energy while protein provides the staying power to help us feel full until our next meal.
Go to the gym
A morning workout is a lot like breakfast – it gets our metabolism going and provides energy. Even better, after a workout the body releases endorphins – feel-good hormones that are tied to happiness and a sense of well-being. If you don’t have time for the gym, that’s okay! Even a few quick stretches or jumping jacks to get the body moving helps.
Prep work is key
We’ve all had those mornings when we find ourselves scrambling – trying to decide what to wear or searching for the car keys. Not only does this cause stress, but it’s also time consuming. Small things like packing lunch or choosing an outfit the night before can help save time and make getting ready a breeze.
Say goodbye to your phone
Keeping your phone in another room forces us to get up and walk to turn off the alarm – reducing the chances of pressing snooze and dozing off again. Keeping electronics away also lend to a better night’s rest since we are not tempted to chat with friends or scroll through social media late into the night. We recommend setting a curfew to put away electronics at least 30 minutes to an hour before turning off the lights. This allows the brain to slow down and relax into sleep rather than being stimulated.