Oh no, is it really THAT time? There's nothing more disappointing than waking to the jarring sounds of an alarm clock early in the morning. If you only had 2 more hours to sleep...
Our fast-paced lives often mean we are burning the candle at both ends.
Most of the time, we go to bed too late and hit the snooze button all morning, leaving just enough time to dash to work or school.
Did you know that experts are finding that sleep deprivation could be linked to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, depression and heart attacks?1
Clearly, getting enough sleep is important. In the article, Want to Sleep Better? First Reduce Your Cortisol Levels Then Follow these 6 Key Tips, we shared how to get your zzz's.
In this article, you'll learn how to create your healthy wake up routine, with tips for your physical and emotional health. As you incorporate these new habits into your life, you may find the rhythm of sleeping AND waking up becomes a natural, beneficial part of your life.
Imagine starting your day with beautiful Tibetan bell-like chimes. Say goodbye to jarring alarm clocks that stress your body and wake up gently with the Zen Alarm Clock.
Your overall health improves when you treat your body to habits that stave off stress and support wellbeing. Here are 5 tips for your morning wake up routine:
If it FEELS unnatural to wake early, it's often due to staying up late in front of the computer or TV or in brightly lit rooms. Find out how to sleep better by reading: Why You Should Say No to Nightlights (& Other Top Recommendations to Sleep Well).
While you'd think exercise would be part of our recommended morning routine, experts are now finding that exercise in the afternoon is the best way to prevent injury and improve performance. 1
However, many also agree that exercising any time of day is better than none at all, and most people seem to be able to stick to the habit of exercise when done in the morning.
Listen to your body and do what feels right for you. If you do exercise in the morning, consider yoga and/or walking to gently get your heart moving, stimulate your digestive system and build energy for the day ahead.
The 5 steps above are great building blocks for a morning routine that supports your physical and emotional health.
Just like everything else we recommend, implement your new morning routine step by step (an important Body Ecology Principle.)
Adding one thing at a time is better than doing nothing at all. Pretty soon, you may find that these guidelines become your new habits. Any habits that support your wellbeing are habits worth having!
1 Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. The National Academies Press. December 2006. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11617&page=55
2 Smith, Stephanie. Experts disagree on ideal time of day to exercise. CNN.com. January, 2004. http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/diet.fitness/05/27/exercise.time/index.html
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