Teresa's Tips for the Morning After
There are countless tips and tricks for sleeping better, but you need help to feel better and make it through the day. After a rough night of sleep, there's one phrase that I want you to remember - get up, get light, and get moving.
Get up- I know this seems like a big ask of someone who only got a few winks of sleep, but hear me out. Your body works hard to maintain its natural circadian rhythm. Admit it- you've never felt any better after pressing SNOOZE 5 times, and studies show it only increases brain fog and irritability by further disrupting your sleep pattern. Even though you feel totally off, getting into your normal routine can be helpful for your natural clock and your mindset.
Get light & Get Moving- Bright, natural light is a free and scientifically proven way to make you feel more alert. Light reduces our natural melatonin production and signals our mind and body to know that it is daytime. You can also ward off that grumpy feeling you get from being sleep deprived- bright light helps to increases mood-positive neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, in the parts of the brain that regulate mood. Bonus points here if you can get the light outside during exercise or on a morning walk. Healthy activity in the morning can improve your focus and energy levels during the day. You can count on better sleep when you align your circadian rhythm and care for your body by getting the light and movement you need each day.
Last- but certainly not least- hacks and supplements will not cure or treat a sleep disorder. If you're snoring and/or have sleep apnea, if you have long-term insomnia, or have symptoms of any other medical condition, please seek attention from a professional. At Sleep Better NYC, we provide self-paced resources, live coaching, and referral for medical testing and treatment. You have options!
Teresa Power DeNike BS CCSH
Founder, Sleep Better NYC