It seems as if there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done that you need to. But you don’t have to sacrifice much-needed shuteye to accomplish more. Make the most of the time you do have and be more productive when you sleep and when you wake up with these healthy living tips and tricks.
Eat Regular Meals
It’s true what they say: breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day. And by breakfast, that means more than just a cup of coffee. Make time for a true morning meal—even when you have an early meeting—with these make-ahead breakfast recipes. Some of them even cook while you are asleep. Your morning will be less hectic, and you’ll have more energy and be more productive throughout the day.
Similarly, don’t skip dinner or eat too much in the evening. When you go to bed hungry or overly full, your digestive discomfort disrupts your sleep patterns. Even six or seven hours of uninterrupted slumber is better for your body than eight hours of fitful rest.
Get Moving in the Morning
You don’t have to run a marathon the second you get out of bed, but physical exercise stimulates both the brain and the body. Head to the onsite fitness center in your apartment community or download a workout app to jumpstart your day.
Put Your Electronic Devices Down
It might seem like checking your email one last time before going to bed is a great way to get a head start on tomorrow’s tasks, but the white light actually prevents your brain from releasing melatonin reduces the effectiveness of your sleep and makes you more sluggish in the morning. Avoid any electronic device with a backlit screen at least 30 minutes before bed. You’ll naturally be more relaxed if you aren’t thinking about work-related issues right before bed.