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2 Quick Tips for Waking Up and Feeling Energized

By Chris Brown

We all have those groggy days. Days when moving from the warmth of bed seems a near impossibility and you end up sleepwalking through the rest, regardless of double-shot espressos. Two quick habit changes can get you rising quicker and improve your daily energy, coffee-free.

No Snoozing

Many of us habitually hit the morning snooze button for that extra 10, 20, or 70 minutes of sleep. One key trick for waking up and staying awake, simply enough, is to break your addiction to snoozing. Personally, after only a few snooze-less mornings, my mind begins associating the alarm with wakefulness, rather than a speedbump before more sleep. As my mind retrains, it becomes exponentially easier to both get out of bed and remain alert throughout the day. My own theory is that pressing snooze tells the mind that it can go back to sleep at any time. It therefore remains in a constant state of semi-sleep throughout the day, never quite fully waking. Breaking the habit of the snooze button can be more difficult than it sounds. Everything in your body will scream your first morning, "that blog you read was stupid! How can five more minutes of sleep possibly hurt anything? And how nice is this warm, soft bed?" But don't listen to your body! It is trying to lie to you and make you into a cuddly puddle of lethargy. You have important things to do, remember, and the way you wake will impact if and how well they are accomplished.

While disabling the snooze option on a phone alarm is simple, traditional alarms don't always have that capability. A trick for not snoozing in that case is to leave your alarm out of arm's reach. If you need to sit up to switch off your alarm, chances are that you'll be awake enough to continue your morning routine.

Develop a Good Morning Routine 

A good morning routine gets your mind-body moving before it fully realizes you are no longer sleeping. It is amazing how a simple half-hour routine can motivate, and in turn energize, you for the day. Morning routines can include anything from a 10-minute meditation to tidying your room to simply drinking a glass of water. The importance of the morning routine is to accomplish a minor task before your brain has the chance to fully boot up. This generates a momentum that can carry you towards accomplishing a day's larger goals. Or, as Admiral William McRaven stated in his now viral commencement speech, "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Westminster, Calif.

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