Your morning routine is all wrong – getting ready in the dark makes you MORE tired and eight more tips

WE ALL hate getting up in the morning, and some of us make it even worse with our morning routines.

The experts at Joy Home Remedies have broken down the nine things you might be doing as part of your morning routine that can negatively impact your day and make you feel tired before the day has even really started.

Follow these tips for the best morning routine


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Don’t hit the snooze button

It’s something we’re all guilty of, but according to sleep experts, we definitely shouldn’t be doing it.

If you hit the snooze button and fall asleep again, you may end up starting a sleep cycle that you can’t finish, meaning you may wake up even more tired than if you got up when your alarm first went off.

To avoid wanting to hit the snooze button, you could try going to bed a little earlier to ensure you get a full night’s sleep — you might even wake up before your alarm clock.

Don’t check your phone as soon as you wake up

With so many people taking their phone to bed with them, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the first things you do when you wake up, especially if you also use it as an alarm clock.

However, you should avoid looking at your phone first, as it is important to give your mind time to gradually wake up fully.

Checking your social media, email, or texts can also make you panic before the day has even really started.

Don’t forget to stretch

While you sleep your muscles and joints can become stiff, which means that when you get up in the morning it can be difficult to move some parts of your body and you may feel twitching and tingling in your muscles.

Stretching for a few minutes each morning will loosen tight muscles, improve circulation and help you feel more energetic and ready for the day ahead.

First of all, don’t drink coffee

Besides looking at the phone, drinking a cup of coffee is another common mistake people make when they first wake up.

Between 8am and 9am, your body produces more cortisol, an energy-regulating hormone. Drinking coffee before or during this time can leave you feeling anxious and on high alert.

It can also disrupt the body’s production of cortisol and cause you to feel extremely tired in the afternoon.

Instead of coffee experts suggesting starting the day with a glass of hot lemon water.

Always eat a healthy breakfast

We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in a way, that’s true.

After you’ve slept the night, your body needs nourishment to give you the energy to get through the day.

However, many breakfast favorites like cereal and waffles are loaded with sugar and carbs that aren’t actually the best things to eat first.

Instead, try to eat a balanced breakfast with lots of protein and fruit or vegetables.

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Don’t brush your teeth after breakfast

In fact, brushing your teeth immediately after eating can damage tooth enamel — especially if you’ve eaten or drunk something acidic.

Instead, you should actually brush your teeth after waking up but before breakfast.

If you still want to brush your teeth after breakfast, you should wait at least 30 minutes to limit damage to your teeth.

Don’t leave your bed unmade

This might seem like something that doesn’t really matter, but researchers have found that developing positive habits, like making your bed every day, is linked to high productivity throughout the day.

Don’t take a hot shower

While it’s certainly nice to take a hot shower, sleep experts recommend doing it in the evening rather than in the morning.

Heat signals your body that it’s time to relax your muscles and switch off – something you don’t want to do in the morning.

If you want to take a shower in the morning, we’re afraid you should use really cold water for that.

Cold water can help you wake up faster and give you a more energetic start to the day.

Don’t get ready in the dark

You may feel like turning off the lights or dimming them to help your body adjust to mornings, but that’s actually the opposite of the truth.

By staying in the dark, you’re signaling your body that it’s still night, which means you’ll stay sleepy longer. Your morning routine is all wrong – getting ready in the dark makes you MORE tired and eight more tips

Jessica MacLeish

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