Hitting snooze and drifting back to sleep is so tempting in the morning. The problem is that doing this interrupts your hormone cycle making it harder to start your day. Try putting your alarm across the room so you’re forced to get up to turn it off. Or make a small investment in an alarm clock that rolls off your nightstand and makes you chase after it to turn it off.
Instead of drifting back to sleep in the morning try to follow the 10 minute rule. Commit to staying awake for at least 10 minutes when you first wake up. You’ll usually lose the urge to go back to sleep after that time. Drag yourself to the bathroom or outside. Sleep walk yourself if you have to.
Natural or artificial light in the morning will help optimise your body’s wake up process.
Exercise in the morning is one of the most effective ways of giving yourself an energy boost for the rest of the day. Even if you’re not an exercise person and high intensity exercise will only fatigue you further doesn’t mean you should skip this. Try something easy like going for a morning walk. Studies have found regular exercise can increase generally energy levels by 20 per cent.
Is your breakfast a piece of toast or croissant and a coffee? The carbs and caffeine combo is a recipe for crashing. Instead go for unrefined carbs (quick energy) plus lean protein and healthy fat (takes longer to digest giving you a slower burn of energy). Try scrambled eggs in a whole grain wrap or oatmeal with nuts and fruit.
The benefits of having a cold shower are endless. Besides boosting energy levels cold showers can also improve your immune system, fat loss, better circulation, relief from symptoms of depression, healthy skin and hair, tolerance to stress – the list goes on! Read more about the benefits of cold showers here plus references.
Drinking coffee sets off a remarkable process in the body. It tricks your brain into thinking the body is in a state of emergency which results in a hormone released telling your adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. It also results in a faster heart beat, slower blood flow to the surface of your body, increase blood flow to muscles, blood pressure rises, liver releases sugar for more energy, muscles tighten up. Caffeine also increases dopamine levels (the stuff that activates pleasure levels) which explains why some people are addicted to it. Once all this wears off you’re faced with fatigue and a feeling of depression. You can combat this with another cup but keeping your body in a “state of emergency” is really bad for your health. There are many proven benefits to drinking caffeine, but keep the usage to a moderate level.
And if you’re drinking energy drinks such as Red Bull, V or Mother it’s time to give them the boot. These things are so bad for your health it’s not worth the energy bump.
As an alternative try green tea. It has less caffeine than coffee and is packed with disease-fighing antioxidants.
Author: Todd Hannett
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