Mornings are hard. We get it. There are some things you can do to make it easier so maybe you’ll start waking up like this:
But we’ve gathered the four major mistakes you’re probably making while trying to start your day.
#1 Hitting the snooze button
While bundling under the covers for a few more minutes of precious sleep might seem tempting, it’s seriously messing with your body’s sleep cycle. It throws off your circadian rhythm, which is what keeps us on a roughly 24-hour cycle and tells us when we should wake up.
Having your alarm jolt you awake already messes with this rhythm, but going back to sleep makes it worse. It can result in sleep inertia, grogginess and disorientation.
But getting enough sleep regulates two very important hormones, ghrelin and leptin. These two control hunger and cravings, ghrelin tells your brain that you’re hungry, where leptin tells your brain that you’re full. When sleep deprived, ghrelin spikes 15% and leptin drops 15%. This means you’ll eat but not feel as full.
The solution to this pesky problem is to simply set your alarm later and stop snoozing. It will be hard but giving your body the extra minutes of deep sleep will make it easier!
#2 Checking your smartphone in the morning
According to this study, a massive 70% of people sleep with their smartphone within reach. This is a big no-no.
A productivity expert, Sid Savara, conducted a productivity report that showed those who checked emails in the morning rather than come up with a plan of what they want to achieve in their day left them without a “clear list of priorities” and led to a more chaotic day.
Try to start spending your mornings in a guided meditation to think about what you want to achieve in your day – this will help lower anxiety levels.
#3 Skipping breakfast and relying on caffeine
It’s always been said that the most important meal of the day is breakfast – and it IS! Replacing your morning meal and relying heavily on caffeine – whether it be coffee or energy drinks to pull you through – can disrupt your weightloss goals.
It increases the levels of cortisol in your system and excess cortisol results in belly fat, lowered immune function and impaired cognition.
Solve this by at least getting some fuel in the morning, whether it be a muesli bar, banana or a protein shake if you aren’t a big morning eater.
#4 Ditching sleep for morning workouts
When you drag yourself out of bed kicking and screaming (figuratively speaking, of course) you could be doing your body more harm than good if you’re suffering chronic sleep deprivation. Getting less than six hours of a sleep a night, consistently, and then working out can leave you susceptible to injury, affect your balance and impair motor function.
On a cellular level, sleep-deprived people are more inflamed and you can struggle to effectively repair muscles.
Our solution, unless your getting a solid eight hours a night – skip it.
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