It is commonly known that the start of our day can lead to can dictate the success of it. People may not realize it, but our morning routines can help us improve our sleep too! Here are the best morning habits for better sleep.
Have a Consistent Wake-Up Time
Make sure that you wake up at the same time every day, or at least most days. This is because your circadian rhythm, essentially your body clock, is set to specific times which dictates your body’s release of vital hormones such as melatonin and testosterone. If you have the same wake-up time every day, then this will help you feel fresher when you awaken and in turn, will lead to you feeling relaxed when nodding off to sleep.
When it comes to exercising and sleep, a great routine for you could be working up a sweat in the morning for an hour a day. This is because it helps your body burn your excess energy, so when it comes to the evening you can fall fast asleep. Exercising is also important for regulating your hormones, which is important for your brain’s performance and melatonin release. It’s also a great way to increase your performance and productivity throughout the day.
Exposure to sunlight
As soon as you wake up, you want to expose your body to natural sunlight. This will enable your body to wake up and get moving for the day. Again, it leads back to your circadian rhythm, and by getting out and exposing your skin to daylight, you’re programming your body to wake up at this time. This will conversely lead to feeling sleepier at night.
Access to green space
You want to get yourself access to green space in the morning and awaken with fresh air. It’s important to be in nature as much as possible because, as humans, we are not built to be sitting down in a chair all day. Get yourself in that natural and healthy rhythm, and it will drop your cortisol levels dramatically, leading to better focus and being able to sleep easier.
Another benefit it brings is that it grounds your energy and gives you clarity of mind - a great way to be strategic about your day.
Grab Yourself a Healthy Breakfast
A great morning habit for better sleep is to eat a healthy breakfast, giving you the required brainpower for the rest of the day. Ways you can fuel your brain to release all the required neurotransmitters to smash your day could be drinking a smoothie with greens in it. My personal favorite is carrot, apple, spinach and turmeric - chug it down, jack your neurotransmitters up and feel amazing. You could also have some porridge and mix it with some berries and cashew nuts. These are all delicious foods that will help your body and brain work optimally.
The correlation with sleep is that you want your brain to release the right hormones throughout the day, and thus you want to give your brain the best resources to do so. This will help your brain release all your neurotransmitters in healthy doses - especially melatonin, which helps you feel sleepy before you go to bed.
Your morning routine can be your centering moment of peace, in a world which challenges and tests us every day. Sleeping and your morning habits are your daily opportunity to be clear on what you’re doing, in which you build your energy and peace of mind to then be expansive throughout your day.
How great would your life be if you felt consistently happier and in a better mood? Build your morning routines and sleeping habits to ensure that you have your body on your side to achieve your goals.
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By Joshua Roobottom