Have you had a hard time waking up with an active mind in the early hours of the morning? Do you wonder why you feel sleepy in a quiet, cold environment especially at night?
This experience is quite sweet but it can put a hold on your daily productivity. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you understand how your body works & how to gear yourself to be active daily?
Most people have made it a habit of sleeping below or above the healthy time range of 6-8 hours. Being guilty of this (especially having a short sleep) can affect your mental & physical performance during the day. Try not to.
By the way, what if your sleep-wake time is healthy but you still feel groggy in the morning? It is time to do something different. I want to help you clear out this obstacle & establish the habit of sleeping right & waking up energized.
Do You Know?
I’m pretty sure you were taught back in your secondary school days that humans are “warm-blooded” animals with a constant body temperature. This turns out to be false.
Your body temperature rises & falls by 6 degrees every day. This rise & fall of temperature is known as your “body temperature rhythm“.
In the early hours of the morning, your body temperature rises continually but slumps at mid-day. Then it keeps on rising till in the evening where it drops all through the night as you sleep.
The 30-Second Secret.
Believe it or not but your body temperature rhythm plays a key role in how much energy you have. A low body temperature tunes your body to the “tired” side which then makes you feel sleepy. An increased body temperature tunes your body to the “active” side which makes you alert & energized!
When you wake up tired in the morning, fix your eyes to a bright natural light for at least 30 seconds. This is it!
A certain hormone exists in your body known as Melatonin. It’s also referred to as the “vampire” hormone or “sleep” hormone. The longer your eyes are exposed to darkness, more of this hormone is secreted into your blood which will make you sleepy. The instant your eyes are exposed to light, melatonin decreases rapidly and you become alert & energized.
Extra Tips To Stay Awake..
*Have a good reason for waking up early and staying awake. As a philosopher said, a man can achieve any WHAT if he has a BIG enough WHY.
*Use an alarm clock on your phone to control your sleep-wake time. Use a loud, repeating tune for this will kick you off your bed. Do keep your phone away from reach so you’ll be forced to stand up 🙂
*When you’re barely awake, try to sit up & put on the lights in your room. You can also step outside into the daylight.
*Don’t study or do paper-work in a dimly lit place, (especially on your bed). Sit on a sturdy chair & use a table exposed to bright light.
*If you want to study for hours, a little break is vital. When you feel overwhelmed through your study, rather than lie down, take a walk.
*Early to bed. Early to rise! Decide on your sleeping time (7 or 8 hours) and stick to sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday. This will make the habit easy to establish. Do set your alarm clock.
It doesn’t matter how many times you miss as long as you don’t give up. Do something new consistently for about 3 weeks and it becomes your habit!
Any question or contribution to make? What has the outcome been like for you, applying this secret? I’d love to see your comments below.
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