We all know how crucial that first cup of coffee is in the morning. It shakes up your nervous system and generally keeps you on your toes through the morning drowsiness. Still, however unthinkable it is, there are days when you don’t even have time for a cup of coffee. So, in this article, we will be looking at ways to kick-start your body with science.
The main culprit in our everyday struggle with sleepiness is a hormone called melatonin, which is produced in our brain. During the night time, your body naturally produces more melatonin than it does during the day. Here is what you can do right off the bat; in the morning, let rays of sunshine into your bedroom/house. Or perhaps go outside for a short walk. If it’s wintertime and the mornings are still dark, you can use an alarm clock with illuminating functions. The light will start to slowly manipulate your body to reduce melatonin levels.
Here is another thing you can do, although it can be somewhat unpleasant; use cold water to stimulate your brain. In practice, this would mean ending your morning showers with a stream of cold water. The shock caused to your system increases your metabolic rate, which is directly connected to fatigue.
There is another way water is used as a stimulant to combat the drowsiness. Our bodies are mostly made up of water – 60% in fact. When you get dehydrated, your body and mind feel more fatigued, less alert, and genuinely sluggish. To counter this effect, make sure you drink at least one cup of water first thing in the morning. It does not matter if it is before or after brushing your teeth, as long it is early in the morning.
Diet is incredibly important when it comes to fighting fatigue during the day. A healthy meal in the morning can be very beneficial. But what you eat is more important than how much, or if at all. Processed sugars found in donuts or various cereals do give you a burst of energy, but the effect wears off rather quickly. If, on the other hand, you opt for something like oats and fruits which are full of carbohydrates and fiber, you are going to be filled up with fuel which slowly gives off energy over a longer period of time. Also, fatty foods open up the appetite and your body wastes more energy to successfully digest them than it does when you eat a healthier breakfast.
Eating more fruits in the morning also has other beneficial consequences. It is a well-known fact that fruits rich with vitamin C also contain essential molecules called flavonoids. These molecules have been proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. They make sure that our brain and its cognitive processes function appropriately, especially as we get older.
Working out in the morning, or better yet working out in general, is another way you can make sure your body is in good shape and can stave off fatigue. Physical activity in the morning increases the blood flow in your body. More oxygen reaches your brain and this, in turn, increases the overall mental performance during the day.
You can always put on a good tune in the morning which will stimulate your brain and put your body into an aroused state. Your blood pressure will rise and the parts of your brain associated with motor functions, as well as emotions, will signal the body to release the feel-good chemical – dopamine.