Are you often exhausted by lunch time? Do your co-workers, friends, and family frequently comment about how tired you look? Before you start to blame your kids, partner, or work for your daytime sleepiness, take a look at your morning routine.
If you often feel tired long before the day is over, you may be contributing to the problem. Here are some bad morning habits that might be making you tired.
1. Skipping breakfast:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure to eat a full, healthy breakfast so you’re not ready to topple over during your morning meeting, skipping meals could result in blood sugar disorders, obesity, and reduced mental functioning. Breakfast is the easiest meal to skip — mornings are rushed and many people don’t have an appetite when they wake up. Some people even feel nauseous in the morning (which indicates a blood sugar disorder). But if you skip breakfast you may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts, increasing your risk of obesity and blood sugar disorders, and robbing your brain of energy.
2. Not drinking enough water:
Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee a soon as you enter your kitchen, have a cup of water first. Even when you sleep, your body tends to lose a bit of water simply through breathing. If you tend to sweat while you sleep, you’re also losing some water through your sweat. Even if you’re only mildly dehydrated, you can still become easily fatigued, so drink up. Researchers found that mild dehydration was enough of a problem to cause impaired thinking, negative mood, and fatigue.
3. Taking a shower that’s too hot:
A hot shower in the morning will raise your body temperature and increase alertness . . . but if the water’s TOO hot it can cause dry, irritated skin that can become inflamed and itchy.