At some point in your life, you have probably been asked the question, “Are you a morning person or a night owl?” Some people believe that they fall into one of these two categories: the “early bird gets the worm” morning person; or the night owl who is wide awake until all hours of the night, only to sleep the morning away.
Expert opinions on the subject vary greatly. Some suggest that most people actually fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, while others say that there is a genetic link which predetermines a preference to be an early riser or a late riser.
Regardless of the reason behind your desire to continually hit the snooze button, you may also desire to be more like those who jump out of bed each morning and hit the ground running. If that’s the case, these 5 lifestyle tips may just be what you need to greet each morning with a smile instead of a snooze:
- Consider what you eat or drink before bed. What you eat or drink before going to bed can impact how you sleep. Before grabbing a cup of coffee, a tempting dessert, or an extra glass of wine, consider how it can affect your body. For instance, the side effects of caffeine can last for up to 6 hours, and will most likely prevent you from reaching deep stages of sleep (if you are able to fall asleep, that is). Alcohol has the same ability to disrupt your sleep, even if it does help you fall asleep more quickly in the short-term.
- Eat properly. A healthy, nutritious breakfast will provide you with the energy you need to start your day off on the right foot. According to The Mayo Clinic, a healthy breakfast consists of these core items: low-fat dairy, lean protein, fruit, whole grains, and vegetables. This healthy combination will keep you full for hours!
- Get your body moving. Waking up and exercising first thing may be the last thing you want to do, but even 5-7 minutes spent moving your body in the morning can help produce mood-boosting endorphins. Stretching is said to have the same effect, and can be done from the comfort of your warm bed!
- Turn up the volume. Many people rely on calming music to help them drift off to sleep, so why not apply a similar concept to your morning routine? Listening to music that is upbeat not only increases energy and positive emotions, but also helps reduce stress so that you can begin your day on the right “note”.
- Move the snooze button. If the snooze button is tempting you to hit it each morning, break the habit by moving your alarm clock across the room. This handy trick will most likely get you out of bed faster, and may even make you forget about your old pal, Snooze!
These are just a few tips to consider if you want to become more of a “morning person” and start your day off on the right foot. Remember, before making any changes to your diet or fitness, always consult your physician.
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