The early bird catches the worm!

The start to the day is always made better by a good sleep, but there are a few other things you can do to get your day going in the right direction.

Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day really helps your circadian rhythm and gets your body functioning in the best way possible. Ideally that means sticking to your routine at the weekend and avoiding too many late nights or long, lazy lie-ins – though understandably this isn’t always possible, or much fun! 

It’s also good to wake up unaided with natural sunlight as the daylight suppresses the production of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. This is definitely trickier in the winter though, when it doesn’t get light until about 8am! As the darker mornings approach, why not try an alarm clock with a light which gradually gets brighter towards your selected wake-up time? And if you do use a more traditional alarm, select a more gentle tone so that waking becomes less of a shock to the system!

Once you’re up, there are various things you can do to kick-start a positive day. Allowing enough time to have a decent breakfast will help, especially if you choose protein-rich foods like eggs, which won’t spike your blood sugar like a sugary cereal would and will keep you fuller for longer.

Half an hour to an hour of exercise is also an excellent way to begin the day, with many people finding that it aids energy levels and concentration for the rest of the day. Going out for a run in the fresh air is a tried and tested wake-up call but, if that feels a bit much, practicing yoga is just as good for getting you up and moving and there are lots of channels which can be followed on YouTube with different routines to try.

 If you struggle to get up early, one way to improve this is to train yourself gradually by changing your bedtime and wake-up time by small increments each day. Just 10 minutes earlier to bed and to rise each day and within a week you’ve found that extra hour in the morning. Easy!