Ever since springing our clocks forward, it is still weird to have 7 pm roll around and it feels like it is 5 pm because there is still so much sunlight left in the day. This can make it feel like you still have plenty of hours left in the day to have fun or get to bed later than planned due to it getting dark later. If this is you or if you just spent the night flying or just had a terrible night of sleep then you are most likely sleep-deprived but there are ways you can bounce back without face planting into your computer while working.
Natural Light is Key
The best thing you can do when it is time to wake up is to go open your curtains and tell your brain that it is time to ‘Rise and Shine’. Giving your body natural light and sending the message to your brain that you need to get up will do wonders in waking you up. Then if you are stuck indoors all day, make sure you take plenty of breaks to get away from artificial light and step up into the natural sunlight. Studies have proved that artificial light can actually make you feel more tired than you actually are.
Time your SUPER POWDER
When you wake up super sleepy it is easy to want to reach for caffeine right away. This may be a great way to start your morning when you get a full amount of sleep, it actually is not a good idea to do it when you have slept less than normal. Caffeine inhibits the production of cortisol and interferes with the body’s natural rhythm, which actually will leave you feeling worse than before you drank the caffeine. It is better to wait for more of a mid-morning SUPER POWDER guzzle (or slow sip). Also, remember to stop drinking caffeine at a regular time too, otherwise you may be giving yourself another terrible night of sleep.
Eat a Macronutrient Dense Breakfast
Don’t worry, we aren’t telling you to stuff your face with breakfast nor do you need to eat more than you normally would. We are suggesting that you start your day with a breakfast that contains at least two food groups. Filling your breakfast with protein, fiber, and healthy nutrients will power your sleep-deprived body through the day.
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