Both sleep habits and patterns have been under the microscope lately, and for good reason, as much of the research has revealed the serious consequences of getting too little sleep or frequently disrupted sleep. However, the importance of how you wake up has proven to be equally as important as quality of sleep.
As with sleeping, there are good and bad practices to follow when getting up in the morning. Shake off that morning grog by avoiding these common mistakes.
Mistake 1: You neglect your friend, the Sun.
Sunlight is key for awaking the mind and body. The sun’s rays signal your internal clock that it is time to get up, get active, and shake off sleep. If you’re staying in a hotel while working your locums assignment, open the curtains and let natural light fill the room. If you have a patio or balcony and the weather allows, try having your breakfast outside.
Mistake 2: You think the snooze button is your best friend.
There is a term for that feeling you get as you wake up and find yourself desperately wanting to roll over and fall back asleep; it’s called sleep inertia. This is a normal occurrence and is very easy to succumb to. Instead of reaching for the snooze button, it’s best to get up and get moving first thing in the morning – your body and mind will thank you later. An added tip is putting your alarm clock across the room, that way you are forced to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
Mistake 3: You need coffee in an IV.
A hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning has become a wake-up staple for many. Although it has its rise and shine benefits, the effects of “waking up” can come naturally without the presence of caffeine. Once you’re awake and moving the body will naturally become more energized, making that little jolt of caffeine obsolete.
Mistake 4: You skip out on breakfast.
The age old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” still rings true. Skipping your morning meal is a big no-no. Your body needs fuel to get going, just like a car. When you wake up in the morning your body is on empty and you have little energy to burn. Eating a hearty and healthy breakfast gives you the fuel you need to snap out of the sleepiness and start your day off right.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can easily improve your wake-up routine. Between a more focused mind, a healthier weight, and a better night’s sleep, you’re sure to love the added health benefits that come with incorporating productive habits in your morning regime.
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