Thursday, 11 May 2017

7 things you should never do when you wake up.

Good Morning

How you begin your morning usually sets the tone for the rest of the day.

1. Don’t snooze
Snoozing triggers your brain back into its sleep cycle. When you wake up again, you’re likely to interrupt a deeper sleep, which will leave you feeling weak. When you wake up after a full night’s sleep, you’re more likely to be in a lighter sleep - so as hard as it may seem, avoid pressing snooze. 

2. Don’t drink coffee
Our bodies naturally produce a hormone called cortisol, which makes us feel more awake. But the caffeine in coffee can interfere with our body’s cortisol production, and over time this can lead us to become more dependent on caffeine and produce less cortisol naturally - so save it until after around 10am. 

3. Don’t check your email
When we wake up and check our emails straight away, we frame our morning as “all the things I missed yesterday”, according to an expert in how technology affects us. In other words, we give ourselves retrospective FOMO (fear of missing out). Not a great start to the day. 

4. Don't make unimportant decisions
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview that he wears the same T-shirt to work every day to limit the number of decisions he has to make, rather than spending his energy on “silly or frivolous” things. So there you go – buy 20 identical outfits for a more productive day. Or, the less extreme option: just choose your outfit the night before.

5. Don't stay in the dark
The body’s clock – AKA our circadian rhythm – is influenced by light exposure. It will suppress the release of hormone melatonin, which tells your body it’s time to sleep, when it’s light outside. This is why people can find it easier to wake up in the summer, according to a scientist from Harvard Medical School.  

6. Don't stay in bed
Yes, okay – exercise is always part of the answer when the question is about being healthier/happier/more productive. But more specifically, pre-breakfast exercise can have its own benefits. A study in Belgium found that exercising before breakfast can help you lose weight by burning more fat than you would later on in the day.  

7. Don't put off important tasks
Self-control is limited, and can run out as the day goes on, according to researchers at the University of Nottingham. So while your self-control is at its peak first thing in the morning, do whatever task you know you won’t be able to muster the willpower to do later.


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