Morning grogginess is a nightmare for many people; myself included. Do you feel groggy every time you wake up in the morning? Or perhaps you experience a fog enveloping your mind and confusing your body to feel like its somewhere between Hyde and Jekyll. Well, you’re not alone.
Our chronotypes are determined by a particular gene in the body. It differentiates morning larks from night owls. Either way, you can train your body to suppress this gene. And in this article, we will help you do exactly that as you look forward to more brighter and enthusiastic mornings. Let’s get started, shall we?
The first thing you should do when you wake up is to open the windows and let the light in. Take a deep breath of the fresh air from outside and fill your mind with positive energy. If you live in the city, then this is probably a bad idea. Inhaling smoky air in the morning will send you back to bed. So maybe open the sheers and leave the windows closed.
Now switch on your coffee maker and position it such a way that the aroma from the freshly ground coffee beans hit you while in the shower. Tell me how you will resist such a temptation: Unless you’re not a coffee fan. The idea is to use what you love and what nature has provided as a way of enticing your mind to wake up.
These are not exercises meant to lose weight but rather to help you keep fit. However, if you’re trying to lose weight, you could as well intensify the routine and you will be killing two birds with a single stone. On a bright sunny morning, grab your bike and ride along as you enjoy the morning birds chanting.
On a cold winter morning a few indoor jogs, press ups, and rope skips are all you need. According to Appalachian State University Researchers, morning exercises significantly lower anxiety, blood pressure, and they reduce stress. These exercises also promote healthier sleeping habits.
It’s time to let the buns and bread rest. Indulge in a heavy protein diet. Eggs and some left-over chicken are an excellent choice. Ideally, proteins enhance your dopamine levels, a hormone responsible for initiating movement. On the other hand, carbs promote sleep.
This tip comes last because after achieving the first 3, it’s easier to work on your mind. Avoid and fight the urge to take a nap. Most people progress well after waking up until when they suddenly realize that you have a few more minutes.
Fight that demon telling you to cuddle your blankets just a few more minutes. The reason being, once you drift back to sleep, the morning fog will eventually catch up with you and you have to start conquering it all over again.
The Bottom Line
Science has proven that transitioning from one awareness state to another can be quite challenging. However, sleep is equally important for your health so you cannot do without it. Practice the above tips and your mornings will never be the same again. Besides, you need to be the early bird that catches the worm, right?