“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
There are many books, articles, and blog posts about the top habits of successful people. The vast majority of successful entrepreneurs credit waking up early in the morning as one of the habits that led to their success in life and business.
Sleeping in until 12pm is fine when you’re in 5th grade, but you’re grown now girl and it’s time to become an early riser! Research shows that when you stay up late at night and wake up late in the morning, cognitive function and reaction time can decrease because your circadian rhythm becomes interrupted. Your circadian rhythm is a 24 hour internal clock that tells you when to sleep and wake up.
There are many scientifically proven benefits to waking up early including:
- Increased productivity
- Better concentration
- Improved quality of sleep
- More time to exercise
- Better mental & physical health
Becoming a morning person may seem impossible if you’re a night owl. You probably laugh at the idea of waking up early and actually being happy about it. I’m here to tell you babe, you can do it, and it may be easier than you think.
So, what can you do if you’re having a hard time to turn off Netflix and logging off Instagram? According to research published in SLEEP, the simple fix for this is to move your sleeping cycle up by 2 hours. Go to bed 2 hours earlier and wake up 2 hours earlier. For best results, you’d have to make this adjustment over time. Each week, you should go to bed and wake up 15 – 30 minutes earlier than the week before.
We can all improve our sleep cycle and sleep patterns by adopting other habits, too. Such as:
Drinking less coffee (or none at all)
This may sound impossible for some of you, but if you absolutely have to drink coffee, only drink it in the mornings. If you’re an evening coffee drinker, try to swap it out for a non-caffeinated herbal tea.
Utilize essential oils in on your wrists or in a diffuser to help your body relax. Some of my favorite essential oils for sleep are lavender, vanilla, rose, and sandalwood.
Turn off technology 1-2 hours before bedtime
Limiting technology use before bed is still something that I struggle with. I’m guilty of checking emails on my phone and staying up late to watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon every now and then. The light from screens tell your brain that its daytime and that you should be awake. Turning off the TV and putting your phone in airplane mode will limit distractions, help you relax, and let your body know that it is time for bed.
Good sleep about much more than just resting. Good sleep is essential to your health and being healthy is an essential part of living your best life and being your best self. These are all things that can put on the right path to achieving success!
When you wake up, don’t hit snooze a dozen times just to get an extra hour of sleep. When your alarm comes on, get your butt out of bed and turn on the light. The light will help you wake up faster and you won’t feel so sluggish.
After 6-8 hours of sleep, your body is dehydrated. Drinking a large glass of water in the morning has a ton of benefits. Hydrating in the morning helps activate your brain and flush out toxins that need to be released. So after you turn on the lights and brush your teeth, head to the kitchen to pour yourself a big glass of water!
What are your tips and tricks for getting rest and being healthy?! Let me know down below.
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