The long morning of summer sleep in are over. Now it's time to rush out of bed and onto a mile long to do list. Having trouble getting going in the morning?
The first 15 minutes after waking can be difficult for the best of us. That's because your brain is not yet working properly. This is called sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the groggy feeling when you first wake up, and occurs because some of your brain is still in a sleep state.
So how do you avoid this groggy feeling and get the morning started right? First it's time to take a look at how much sleep you're getting.
The best time to go to sleep at night is a time frame in which you can achieve the recommended sleep recommendation for your age group.
You can figure out the best bedtime for your schedule based on when you have to wake up in the morning and counting backward by 7 hours (the
For example, if you need to be up by 6 a.m., you should consider winding down before 11 p.m.
Another key is to figure out a sleep schedule you can stick with every single night — even on weekends. Staying up late and sleeping in on the weekends can make it difficult for you to get back on track during the workweek
If you want to find out how to wake up early, you need to make some sacrifices. If your friends invite you for drinks or a late dinner after work, you may not be able to tag along because you have to wake up early. Therefore, some of your friends and family may feel neglected.
Once you're awake it's important get the day started as soon as possible.
Your first movement is to get out of bed. To help you get out of bed, have your alarm far enough away that you need to get up and turn it off. Before you allow yourself to contemplate going back to sleep, take a moment, and do 10 push-ups or 10 jumping jacks. Think of each exercise as you taking one step further from being able to go back to sleep.
Need a little bit of help to start feeling productive when you wake up?
The caffeine hit is what you need to wake up your brain and boost your energy - not to mention good coffee is delicious. Caffeine is a stimulant - it raises your heart rate and blood pressure to boost your energy levels and mood.
The effects of coffee vary from person to person, as with any drug the way your body reacts depends on how quickly it metabolises the caffeine. Typically, it takes anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes for caffeine levels to peak in your blood. At that time your heart rate and blood pressure will rise, and that's what gives you the awake feeling you craved when you woke up. But after that it's quickly metabolised by your liver, so the effects won't last all day.
Caffeine has a half life of about five hours. The average cup of coffee has about 40mg of caffeine, so after five hours only 20mg will be left in your system.
So if you've decided that coffee is the best way for you to get going in the morning you'll definitely want the freshest coffee you can get. Keep your beans fresh by filtering out harmful CO2 emissions with a Sippin'It Coffee Storage Canister. It'll lock out moisture, so your coffee tastes the best it possibly can.
Now that you're ready to go in the morning you can hit the ground running. Take the kids to school, run your errands, get your work done and your day will fly right by.