I’ll admit it, I hit snooze not once, not twice, but three consecutive times on my alarm this morning and I seriously contemplated calling in sick and just staying home under the covers all day.
Now that you know my secret, I feel better coming clean: I’m NOT a morning person. However, when it comes to staring the day bright-eyed and bushy tailed, sleep experts offer a few helpful tips. Here’s how to begin the day with eyes wide open when you’d rather just keep sleeping…
1. Cut Social Media Ties Before Bed and When you Rise
If you read or listen to any tips for success-type help articles or podcasts, you’ve likely heard this little tidbit from every thriving business types—like Richard Branson and Oprah—highly successful people wake up early. How do they do this? Well, they certainly don’t use social media in the hours before bedtime or as soon as they wake up.
Numerous studies (including this one from the UCLA School of Medicine) show that social media use in the hours prior to bedtime not only slowly sucks your soul, it also blasts you with bright light that mimics sunlight and convinces our brain that it’s still day time (i.e., by preventing production of melatonin). The same goes for when you wake up. Checking your email and social media upon rising takes the focus off you (and stresses you out with other people’s emotional baggage, demands, and negativity). Instead, keep the focus positive and refuse to waste time on external negativity before you’ve even had a coffee.