Let’s face it, most of us have trouble getting started in the morning. We push the snooze button a few too many times, drag ourselves out of bed and into the shower, maybe squeeze in some breakfast or grab something for the road before we have to go. The first cup of coffee is our saving grace, and then come the second and third cups topped up with some tea later on. But what if you could put an end to this cycle and find better ways to get the day moving? Below are 5 ways to boost your energy levels in the morning.
- Get enough sleep. The idea that plentiful sleep will give you a well-rested feeling in the morning sounds obvious, but too many people just do not manage to do so. Maybe you are up late every night getting things done around the house, checking your Blackberry, watching television, or playing Angry Birds. While downtime, work, and an organised house are important, you need to set a cut-off time and stick to it so that you can get to bed on time. Experts will generally recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but people generally know what works for them. When the alarm goes off in the morning, start training yourself to stop using the snooze and just get up.
- Exercise. Try waking up early enough to fit some exercise into your morning. Go for a short walk or run outside, do some yoga, dust off your Wii Fit, or even make it all the way to the gym. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain which elevate your mood, giving you energy and a positive outlook for the day. Exercise will improve your overall health, which in turn will give you more energy. It will also help you to sleep better at night, which of course also contributes to your energy.
- Switch to Matcha. Coffee and tea may give you energy, but the effects are short-term and too much caffeine can have the counter-effect of actually making you more fatigued. Matcha is green tea leaves crushed to a fine powder which you can add to almost anything including hot water, orange juice, and scrambled eggs. Because you are ingesting the actual leaves, the anti-oxidant content is 137 times higher than regular green tea. Matcha contains caffeine along with the amino acids theophylline and L-theanine. This combination keeps you alert but relaxed for most of the day.
- Watch your diet. Make time for a protein-rich breakfast. There’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day. Drink water first thing in the morning and throughout the day- dehydration causes fatigue. Try minimising processed foods and eat snacks such as nuts to maintain your energy levels without suffering a sugar crash later.
- Light. Light sends the signal to your body that it is time to wake up. Open up the bedroom curtains right away. Buy an alarm clock that produces a natural-like light come morning time.