5 Ways to Master Your MorningsMay 24, 2018
Rise and shine, sleepy head!
Still hiding under the covers and dreaming about that perfect body? Well, come and get it! We know it can be hard to trick yourself into becoming a morning person, but we’ve got good news: we have some awesome tips on how you can make mornings your friend. With these tips, anyone can be a morning person. So wake up, and pump up!
Getting up with the sun
If your bedroom is dark enough to sleep at night without being woken up, keep the curtains and blinds open so you can wake up with the sun. Melatonin is our body’s circadian rhythm regulator. An increase in light leads to a decrease in melatonin, which helps us wake up and get ready to conquer the day.
Our bodies naturally produce less melatonin in the summer due to the longer days. So waking up early to take advantage of those long days will help you be more productive and get that vitamin D—naturally!
Alternatively, if you need to have your room completely dark to get a good sleep, there are sunrise simulation alarm clocks that are time-activated. Like the name suggests, they simulate sunrises, emitting UV light and tricking the brain into thinking it’s time to jump out of bed. They also help with mood and seasonal affective disorders during those dreadfully gloomy days.
These have been used for hundreds of years. They have been found to increase circulation, boost the immune system, relieve pain, decrease recovery time, detoxify, and, saving the best for last: increase energy! Because of the energy boost, we suggest not taking them before bed, but we most definitely recommend them in the morning!
Traditionally, the time for hot and cold is 30 seconds each, alternating 6-7 times and finishing with cold. Modern day variations go from 30 seconds cold and 1-minute hot, to 1-minute cold, and 2 minutes hot. These longer intervals tend to be used by athletes who use their muscles hard during workouts and need to flush out the lactic acid to prevent soreness and decrease recovery time.
So if you’re looking for an energy jolt, 30 seconds cold and 1-minute hot for a few rounds will definitely get you out the door! Remember to always finish with cold. Cold is good for inflammation and waking up your whole body. So, if your goal is to reduce inflammation or start your day off right, cold is the way to go!
Waking up at the same time everyday
We’ve all heard of “it takes 21 days to form a habit”. It’s the same in the case of becoming an early riser. Waking up is a habit, and inconsistent sleep schedules will lead to grogginess and low energy. Look at your weekly schedule and look for the best wake-up time every day. If it’s 5am, then make it 5am every day.
This also means planning ahead to get enough sleep. Ideally, a 5am wake-up calls for a 9pm bedtime. But we are all unique and need different amounts of sleep. While some might thrive on 5 hours of sleep others are catnapping after a 9-hour night. Keep track of your energy level throughout the day when getting different amounts of sleep. Mindfulness goes a long way, especially when you are trying to figure out your own body.
Preparing everything you need the night before significantly increases the chance of an early rise. Even if you oversleep a little in the morning, all you have to do is throw on some clothes and head out the door. Planning ahead also helps you consciously set an intention. An intention to get up early, consciously striving to start the day, will leave you inspired and motivated.
This one is self- explanatory. When we wake up the body, our brain wakes up with it. Go for an early morning run or join a group class for some positive energy. Not surprisingly, morning exercise is also correlated to increased energy during the day. It keeps us motivated, focused, and inspired.
So what are you waiting for? Come and join us at our new 5:30am and 6:30am classes! Just get here and we’ll take care of the rest!