Not Everyone is Born a Morning Person
If you wake up each morning in a groggy haze, you can blame your body clock: “Circadian rhythms are longer than a 24-hour day, so our sleep clock pushes us later,” says Rebecca Scott of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center.
This means shut-eye acts like a dimmer switch rather than an on/off switch. It takes time to ease into sleep at night and time to feel fully alert in the morning, which is why, says Scott, you feel like you need 10 to 20 minutes to fully wake up.
These simple tweaks to your routine can get your body back on track faster, so you face the day mindful and energized.
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1. When Your Alarm Rings, Don’t Hit Snooze
Just those few minutes of extra slumber can trick your body into thinking it doesn’t need to wake up after all. When you do hear a second alarm, you may find yourself experiencing what scientists call sleep inertia (the rest of us call it grogginess), which can be characterized by decreased cognitive and motor skills.
2. Stretch Before You Get Out of Bed
Morning movement helps you improve your coordination and sharpen your mind. “Any full-body stretch will help,” says Scott. Focus on breathing, and use this moment of calm to set your most important goals for the day.
Try these stretching techniques:
Seated side bend: Cross your legs, hands at your sides on the bed. Arc your left arm up and bend right, softening your right elbow so your forearm now rests on the bed. Take a few deep breaths, then do the same on the other side.
Seated forward bend: Sit cross-legged on the bed and walk your hands forward, stretching your torso as far as feels comfortable.
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