Darker mornings and colder weather can make you want to curl up in bed, but here’s why that’s not a good idea
It’s no surprise to any of us that sleeping well is vital for your overall health and wellbeing. From your cognitive function to your appetite, sleep affects every aspect of our lives. So, surely getting more sleep in the winter when it’s dark and miserable outside is better for our health, right?
But while it is important to get enough sleep, the time of day you choose to sleep also has a huge effect. There’s a lot of truth to the saying ‘Early to bed, early to rise…’ and getting up and about early on can benefit you more than you might think.
Multiple studies have shown the benefit of getting up early, including the positive effect it has on your brain activity. Needless to say, early risers tend to display more brain activity early in the day, but this heightened sense of energy and activity actually continues for longer too. A staple routine which includes getting up early can help you feel more focused and more alert throughout your day.
8 things to do before 8am
Instead of getting a few extra minutes of sleep this autumn, force yourself to get out of bed early and start your day in the right way. Here are eight things you can do before 8am to promote a healthy mind and body.
A few years ago, the idea of meditating every day would have sounded ridiculous to a lot of us, but with mental health awareness on the rise there is a growing focus on mindfulness and self-care. And meditation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to give yourself a bit of TLC.
Ten minutes of meditation to start your day can help you feel more focused for the tasks you need to complete.
Once you’ve exercised your mind, you should exercise your body, too. Research has shown that just twenty minutes of exercise every day can make a significant difference to your long-term health. This can be something high intensity like cardio or HIIT sessions, or simply going for a brisk walk to get your heart rate up.
Have a cold shower
A shower in the morning can help you feel fresher and more alert no matter what the temperature. But a cold shower is particularly good for waking you up and getting your circulation going. Over time this has even been found to potentially improve your immune system and your digestive system.
Get your breakfast fix
A hearty breakfast of fibre, fruit, healthy fats and protein is the perfect way to start your day. Something like eggs or porridge can give you that extra boost of energy you need to get moving.
Listen to or read something uplifting
Instead of flicking through channels over breakfast every morning, find something engaging to read or listen to. Whether it’s a chapter of the novel you’re currently reading or an interesting article, find something to stimulate you as you get ready for the day. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for when you’re pottering around in the morning.
Plan your day
A simple to-do list can help you feel more prepared for the day ahead, and give you an idea of what the day has in store for you. This can help you feel focused and energised when it comes to completing your tasks, as writing them down means that your brain is already thinking about how to tackle them.
Think about your goals
Similarly, take a few minutes to think about longer-term goals too. What are you going to do today to help you get closer to where you want to be?
Get enough sleep
Of course, making sure you get enough sleep is crucial too. There’s no point in getting up early if you’re still not turning in for the night until the early hours. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep every night, and try to achieve this by going to bed earlier rather than sleeping in later. A strict bedtime routine will make you feel better and boost your health over time.
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