A simple guide to starting the day right
A good nights sleep
The very best way to have a good start to the day, is to get a full and restful sleep the night before. Expert views differ on the amount of sleep we need, but there is no doubt that we do need it. Try and get as much as you can and if possible, ensure your bedroom is dark; quiet and cool. If you wake during the night, keep the lights turned off (resist the temptation to check your phone) and movements to a minimum.
Wake at the end of a cycle
When you wake, try and wake towards the end of a cycle. If you're particularly prone to feeling groggy on waking, it could be that you frequently wake up mid-cycle. The human brain works in 45 minute cycles, going from light sleep to deep sleep and back to light sleep. It is possible that you wake between cycles in the middle of the night and don't notice. If you can engineer your desired waking time to be at the end of a cycle, it might help you wake feeling refreshed and better rested. There are loads of apps on the market to help with this, a good free one is sleepyti.me which tells you when you should aim to wake based on when you are going to sleep.
Keep away from screens
Although the blue toned light emitted from our screens can help shake you from sleep, it is best to keep away from screens until you have to. We've got into the habit of checking our phones first thing, often using our phones as alarm clocks, then settling down to read the days news or check our social media feeds. If you can resist this temptation until after your ablutions and breakfast, and instead focus your mind on the tasks and responsibilities for the day ahead, you will start the working day more focused; adjusted and responsive.
Make sure you have a good drink of cool water in the morning, this will wake your stomach from overnight hibernation; kick starting your metabolism and help rehydrate your body after the period of overnight fasting. Water is preferable to soft drinks, fruit juices and hot beverages (coffee lovers, bad news here).
Assess the weather
So you're well rested, refreshed and ready to start the day. Nothing squashes that thunder better than unexpected weather. Arriving to work wet, cold or sunburnt is no way to start the day. Before heading out the door, check the weather and react accordingly!