Learn to Love Mornings

Allen Levine

Love mornings just as much as your sleep.

There are those of us who love hamburgers, those who love hot dogs, those who love cats, those who love dogs, or those who love mornings and those who think THOSE people are crazy.

There is a lot of talk these days on how waking up earlier would make you feel like you had the best day of your life but did you know it is actually good for your health? Research at the University of London and Heidelberg shows that i you wake up early you are less likely to be stressed, depressed and overweight. With autumn coming up, don’t fall into the same routine! Here are some steps to at least begin tolerating your mornings.

  1. A New Love

First thing’s first you cannot think of mornings with a sense of negativity the night before. You have to think of it as a start to a new day of new opportunities. Not dreading the morning means you will not be dragging it when it is here.

  1. Believe You Can Dream

Is number one easier said than done? What about picturing your perfect morning? What do you see yourself doing in the morning? Whether is a morning walk or a cup of coffee or a swim, think of what you want to do as your peaceful time and go for it.

  1. One Step At A Time

We have to be realistic here, you are not going to change your opinion overnight or even over a week. But if you dream it, it can happen. Dreams start small too, plan step by step and begin waking up 10-15 minutes earlier than usual. Everyday it feels easier increase the time until you reached your goal!

  1. Every Step You Take

Appreciate yourself! You are taking a small step to better your health be happy and rejoice in it. Treat yourself and enjoy a sunset walk or enjoy your favorite coffee and catch up on your latest news!

  1. Find the right app

Yes that is right, technology has done it again, and those of you that have converted to the smartphone phase we have an app for you. SleepBot, SleepTime and Sleep Cycle are the first to try.

  1. Goodbye Technology

The only technology you should be touching before you go to sleep is your alarm clock. Stray away from all technology and let your body declutter itself from all the gadgets we have in our daily lives. Your body cannot fully turn off without staying away from technology, if your brain is still stimulated then you are not able to get a true full night’s rest. Meaning in the morning you have not completed your rest cycle, a reason you feel so tired in the morning.


Try these steps to begin enjoying a longer day. Recommendations? Comment below!

 

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The ABC's to Easy ZZZ's

Allen Levine
Sleep is an essential factor that affects our daily lives, so getting enough of it should be on your top priority list. To help our sleep we should follow the rules on how to sleep better:
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Avoid taking naps if you can.
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Begin rituals that help you relax each night before bed.
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Cigarettes or any nicotine should be avoided before sleep.
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Do not have a beer, glass of wine, or any other alcohol within six hours of your bedtime.
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Exercise, with moderation- Avoid any tough exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
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Find something else to do if you are not asleep after 20 minutes. If you can, do this in another room. Once you feel sleepy again, go back to bed.
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Get up at the same time every morning.
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Hot to warm baths or a light snack will relax your body and put you in sleep mode.
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Incense or candles help soothe and relax your brain, and day.
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Just put on your PJs. Comfortable clothes are an important aspect to more comfortable sleep.
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Keep a regular schedule.
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Long, complete night’s sleep will make the following nights easier to continue the trend.
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Medication for sleeping should be avoided, or use them cautiously.
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No to caffeine after lunch.
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Opt-in to tea and honey! Chamomile and Passion fruit increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles. Make sure it's decaffeinated of course!
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Paint your room. Believe it or not but the color of your bedroom can be keeping you awake! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/bedroom-paint-colors-sleep_n_3286774.html
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Quiet, dark, cool bedrooms are the best environments for even better sleep. It works for bats who sleep 16 hours a day!
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Relax, relax, repeat. Easy right? Everyone has their ways to relax find yours today. Need help? Try this http://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less
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Starving, won’t help either! For dinner try fish and rice. They boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (caused by darkness). For snacks, try cherry juice, walnuts and yogurt!
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Three p.m. should be the latest time you should nap. If you must take a nap, try to keep it short (less than one hour).
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Unwind with some yoga! Stretching allows your mind and body to let go of the whole week and put you in a at peace mood.
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Vent about your day! There is nothing worse than going to bed stressed and angry. Whether or not you have a person or pet, tell someone or something. Live alone? Mediate! Meditate! Meditate!
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Write your life story, but do it earlier in the day. Don’t read, write, eat, watch TV. Stimulating distractions cause your brain to be active longer at night, meaning when you are asleep, it is not.
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X-cuses, excuses - (That works, right?) You might think this is a long list that you can avoid. Remember- the excuses you make today ruin tomorrow's sleep too!
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You should exercise on a regular basis, but do it earlier in the day. (Talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program.)If you are unable to do this, then find a time during the day to get all of your worries out of your system. Your bed is a place to rest, not a place to worry.
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ZZZ’s - are what you will get more of if you follow this guide.
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Source:http://www.sleepeducation.com

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