Try these 3 tips to help you get going in the A.M
The morning is a hectic and busy time for mamas. As soon as the alarm goes off it’s a constant race against the clock to get out the door and on your way. Between squeezing in a quick shower (if you're lucky), throwing your hair in a messy bun, shuffling kids off to school and zooming off to work, it’s no wonder you’re exhausted before noon.
But the truth is the morning is an important time for our bodies and our minds. So even when your rushing against the clock it’s important to practice habits that will help you start your day off right.
Here’s the good news. This doesn’t have to take long. It can be as simple as drinking a tall glass of water before reaching for your coffee.
Check out these three ways to amp up your energy in the morning so you feel good all day long.
WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EACH MORNING
Think of your wake time as the foundation for the rest of your day. Why? Well because of your circadian rhythm and because of the hormone cortisol.
Your 24-25 hour biological clock, known as your circadian rhythm, regulates your sleep-wake cycle. It syncs with the sun, so you have the most energy during the day time and you start winding down at night, when your body enters rest and repair mode.
A key player in aligning your circadian rhythm is cortisol. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands. A big surge of cortisol in the morning helps wake you up and gives you energy to get through the day.
By waking up at the same time each morning you align with your body’s natural cortisol curve and help keep your cortisol levels balanced. When you stay up late binging on Netflix and then hit snooze a few too many times the next morning it throws off your cortisol levels.
Over time this pattern of a wonky sleep-wake rhythm can disrupt your cortisol levels and result in a cascade of symptom including adrenal fatigue, inflammation, hormonal imbalance or a compromised immune system.
Establishing a healthy sleep-wake rhythm means rising AND going to bed at the same time each day.
Getting in a good sleep-wake rhythm is an important and vital step when it comes to regaining your energy.
GRAB A GLASS OF WATER FIRST
During the night your liver and kidneys are working hard to process, break down and eliminate toxins. And you want to support your body in moving these toxins out as efficiently as possible.
You can help your body detoxify by reaching for a glass of room temperature water when you wake up. Water will help your body eliminate the toxins it processed overnight. Adding a big squeeze of fresh lemon will enhance the detoxifying effects.