From Dr. Mercola:
Each morning, you have an opportunity to start the day fresh and set a healthy, positive tone for the rest of the day. The first few hours of your day could easily be described as the most important, as they can make or break the hours that follow.
In fact, one thing that most successful, happy people have in common is a morning routine. It varies from person to person, but figuring out a few morning habits that work for you, and then sticking to them each day, can be invaluable for your health and well being.
You might, for instance, spend 15 minutes reading a book or meditating. Or you might start your day with a morning walk or by catching up with your spouse. There’s no right or wrong answer here, but there are some habits you should generally avoid.1
Are You Making These Morning Mistakes?
1. Getting Right into Your Daily Grind
It may be tempting to sleep in as late as possible, then throw on your clothes and sprint off to work. A better idea is to get up a little earlier so you can have some “me time” first thing in the morning.
Research shows that people who start off their workday with a positive mindset experience greater boosts from positive events that occur later in the day, and also are less impacted by negative interactions with colleagues.2
So take time to do something just for you – exercise, a phone call to a friend, a few minutes working on crafts, etc. – before starting your day.
2. Keeping Your Bedroom Dark
A pitch-black bedroom is essential for high-quality sleep, but come morning, it’s time to let the sun shine in. Morning light contains more wavelengths of blue light, which are known to have the strongest effect on your circadian rhythm.
In essence, exposure to bright morning light helps to reset your internal clock for the day. So open up your shades or blinds, or step outside for a few minutes, to get your morning light. It may even help you lose weight.
Obese women exposed to bright light for at least 45 minutes early in the morning had reductions in body weight and appetite, leading researchers to conclude that morning bright light treatment may be included in weight-control programs.3
3. Hitting the Snooze Button
Rather than staying in bed for another seven or 10 minutes after your alarm goes off, get up on time. Those few minutes spent in bed will only lure your body back to sleep just when you’re trying to wake up.
The end result is you’ll probably feel groggier and you may even throw your internal clock off schedule. Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple.
Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized in the long run. Plus, the habit