This Daily Practice May Be Stealing Your Energy

hormonal health lifestyle Mar 29, 2022

Is it hard for you to get up in the morning? Do you find yourself pushing snooze or re-setting your alarm for just 10 more minutes?

Do you catch yourself yawning during the day? Are you exhausted after lunch and wish you could take a nap?

If any of this is true, you may have a daily practice that is causing it.

Learn what it is, why it happens, and what to do instead to boost your energy in this quick video!

For those of you who like to see it in words, here the gist.

Waking up and snoozing or turning off the alarm and going back to bed for a bit is one of the worst things you can do for your energy and sleep cycle.

It seems counter-intuitive because our brains make us think a few more minutes will help us when we are exhausted, but this is not true and snoozing is in fact an energy thief!

WHY?

In the morning when you wake up, the hormone that should be high is cortisol. It spikes upon waking, seeing sunlight, and exercising. When you snooze or go back to bed, cortisol is confused so it drops. You then have a lower cortisol throughout the day which affects energy and it throws off your circadian rhythm, which impacts your sleep hormone as well, melatonin.

When you snooze, you also go back into irregular sleep patterns so you aren’t actually in a restful sleep state so it really isn’t helping you at all.

 

LIFESTYLE HACK STEPS to try instead

  1. Plug in your phone outside of your bedroom.

  2. When the alarm goes off, get up out of bed right away.

  3. Do some quick exercise movements like jumping jacks or squats.

  4. Drink some cold water or walk around.

  5. If you can, expose yourself to sunlight.

  6. These all help to boost cortisol and set your energy and sleep rhythm to be optimal for the entire day and night.

I hope this is a lifestyle hack you can really benefit from. I know it makes the BIGGEST difference in my life and in my patient’s energy!

I suggest a challenge where you avoid snoozing and hop out of bed right away, do some quick movements for at least 7 days in a row. You will be astonished at how wonderful you feel!

 

Until next time,

Dr. Leah

 

 

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