You hit the snooze button
KerinF/Shutterstock Those few extra minutes of shut-eye aren’t doing you any favors, and in fact, they’re making you more tired than if you hadn’t had them in the first place. The problem is, you’re messing with your REM sleep by starting a new sleep cycle and being awakened abruptly from it too soon. This interruption also leads to a more severe form of sleep inertia, that grogginess you feel for a while after waking, and it can take hours to shake. In turn, that can negatively impact your decision-making, memory, and general performance. It’s time to shake up morning habits like this that are sabotaging your day. Here are 9 better ways to wake up in the morning without a struggle.
You drink coffee first thing in the morning
goldenjack/Shutterstock Step away from the coffee maker… for a few hours, anyway. That wonderfully warm, caffeine-filled cup of joe interferes with your body’s natural production of cortisol, disrupting your normal circadian rhythms and making you more jittery right after you drink it as well as more tired later on. Your body produces the greatest amounts of the energizing hormone cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) between 6 and 10 a.m.—and especially between 8 and 9 a.m.—and if it instead begins to expect coffee, it will start producing less of it and you’ll need more coffee to function. A better time to imbibe would be after 10 a.m. when cortisol levels naturally dip.