How to hack your sleep cycle

What is one of the worst things you have to do in the morning? Most people will simply say waking up and getting out of bed is a challenge all in itself. Especially teenagers who like to stay up late, but have to get up early for school. A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Research shows that poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your hormones, exercise performance, and brain function. It can also cause weight gain and increase disease risk in both adults and children. In contrast, good sleep can help you eat less, exercise better, and be healthier. Over the past few decades, both sleep quality and quantity has declined. In fact, many people regularly get poor sleep. If you want to optimize your health or lose weight, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do. So here are some ways to wake up feeling less groggy and more vibrant when it’s bright and early. 

Tips for waking up easier:

  1. Sleep! Duh. Getting enough sleep will most definitely help mornings go smoother. 
  2. Have a sleep cycle that allows you to sleep at around the same time each day. 
  3. Consider some light morning exercise to get the blood pumping and the brain awake. 
  4. Eat a solid breakfast. Not only delicious and nutritious, but highly helpful. 
  5. Do something that makes you happy, whether it’s taking a nice shower or playing with your dog.
  6. DO NOT hit snooze. Hitting snooze interrupts your sleep a second time making you more upset and tired. 

Tips for sleeping easier:

  1. Take a nice warm and relaxing bath or shower.
  2. Have a very comfortable bed and pillow.
  3. Do not take naps during the day.
  5. Create a pre-bedroom routine that will make your body ready to sleep. 
  6. 30 minutes before you sleep try to avoid technology or anything with bright lights.

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