The way we live these days is not conducive to ideal sleep, rejuvenation and energy levels. We show our natural circadian clocks little respect, using electronic devices at all hours. We consume a diet that leaves our hormones in shambles. However, there are smart ways to work around these things while not giving up coffee or social media.
Many of us wake up in the morning completely drained of energy. We drag ourselves out of bed, stuff a piece of toast in our mouth, and hope we remember to put on pants before we leave the house. There's a better approach. Learn how to teach your body and brain to wake up alert and stay that way throughout the day.
Here are 8 ways to get more energy in the morning:
1. Drink Water Before Going to Sleep
Drinking water before going to sleep you will cause you to need to use the bathroom in the morning. Needing to use the bathroom will make you want to get up and prevent you from falling back to sleep. However, excess amounts of water within the few hours prior to going to sleep may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. I recommend experimenting to find the optimal timing and quantity of water to drink prior to sleeping.
2. Wake Up To The Right Type Of Light
Our brain expects us to get up in the early morning, bathed in bright, bluish light. If this is roughly the time you wake up, keep the curtains open so your body doesn't think it's night. Otherwise, consider purchasing a dawn-simulating alarm clock. This will gradually increase the light levels in the room before your alarm goes off, which helps you wake up alert and happy.
3. Add Fat To Your Coffee
Consuming coffee on its own simply stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. This can leave the adrenals burnt out and send you into an energy dip a few hours later.
Try adding coconut oil or its derivative MCT oil to your morning coffee. It turns out the useful nutrients in coffee are fat-soluble, so adding fat helps to extract them. These nutrients stimulate the nervous system for steady energy, and also control hunger and turn off food cravings. In addition, drinking coffee with a healthy fat is less of a shock to the system than just coffee on its own.
If you wake up feeling like your mouth is as dry as a desert, refresh yourself with a few sips of water. Taking it in gradually will let your kidneys get going and make you feel more alert. Keep drinking water all day to feel your best. Don’t overdo the coffee fix—too much caffeine early in the morning will pick up, then drop you with a thud by lunchtime. If you really have to have your morning java, spread it out over a few hours.
5. Exercise As Soon As You Can
Engaging in some physical activity first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to kick-start your body and shake off the grogginess left over from your sleep. If at all possible, it helps if this exercise takes place outdoors since fresh air will help to refresh you and get you ready for the day, but indoor exercise works very well also.
6. Do Something Fun in the Morning
Stimulating your mind by doing an enjoyable activity will give you energy. If you schedule it in advance, knowing that you will be doing something fun will make you more eager to get out of bed in the morning. It could be a phone conversation with a friend, reading, playing video games, or something else that makes you happy.
7. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
If most of your breakfast is coffee or sugary cereal, you're setting yourself up for a crash. Ramp yourself up to lasting energy with a breakfast of protein, carbohydrates, and fruit or vegetables.
8. Get Enough Sleep
They say that prevention is better than cure and this is certainly the case when it comes to relieving low morning energy levels. The fact of the matter is that people, in general, don’t get enough sleep, so it’s no wonder that most of us are stumbling around like zombies come 9 am. If you find yourself feeling horribly sluggish throughout the day then it’s a pretty sure sign that something isn’t quite right, and that thing is usually your sleep pattern.
You need to reset your sleep pattern but the problem with this is that it takes a good deal of commitment and requires you to stick to it religiously lest you find yourself right back at square one. However, once you have managed to get yourself into a more effective sleeping pattern, you will soon begin to reap the benefits.
Incorporate these simple tips into your routine to rest well and wake up with more energy. In this post, I shared with you the 8 ways to get more energy in the morning.
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