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The Number 1 Cure for Morning Crankiness

The Number 1 Cure for Morning Crankiness

If you find yourself snapping at the kids early morning, and feel your spirits dampen at the mention of exercise, rewind to last night: what time did you sleep?

Did you know: just one extra hour of sleep—that’s all you need to reset your morning mood. I am not the only one saying it. Several studies have established the staggering benefits of one extra hour of sleep.  Besides improving your morning mood, that extra hour can help lower blood pressure, give you energy to exercise, protect you from diabetes, and improve your performance at work.

Cannot sleep easy or early? Here are some simple fixes that really work:

  • Set a bedtime for yourself, not just for the kids.  Think about it: if you are waking up at 7 am daily, how can going to bed at 1 am be good for you?
  • Can’t sleep easy or early? Replan the last two hours of the day. Do you stay up to watch one more episode of your favorite show, turn one more page of the thriller you’re reading, or answer one more email? Don’t!
  • Are you stressed about tomorrow? I have a simple cure: make a list of things to do. Just the act of putting them down on paper releases a lot of stress.
  • Take 10 minutes to neaten up your bedroom. Hang up your clothes, and clear any clutter. When things look neat on the outside, they promote calm inside.
  • Make it a rule to switch off your laptop and stay off the ipad one hour before your scheduled bedtime. Do something peaceful, instead, such as massaging your feet with a rolling pin, deep breathing, or a few minutes devoted to skin care.

Try these ideas for just one week, and I promise that you will feel more energetic and much happier. Good morning!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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3:56AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

3:25AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks

1:51PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing

5:29AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Bedtime routine is very important...currently disagreeing with hubby on what time children should go to bed during summer. Just because school is out is no reason to abandon routine. It's important for everyone!

6:56PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Noted.

12:36PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Of all my characteristics, some which are more agreeable to others, some 'not so much' - this is one of those things which I've always had: I wake up cheerful and full of life, most of the time.

The only people who enjoyed this thus far in my life, have been my cats. They also wake up 'happy.'

Most humans require a mood adjustment, so, I just stay away until we can communicate better,....

Thanks, Perhaps some of those tips could work with some people~

5:15PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful post!

7:19AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Sleep experts say that most mental illness is due to poor, or little, sleep. To get the sleep you get at the coast when the wind blows in from the sea just heat salt water in an oil burner at night. In just five nights insomnia is cured, and this takes with it all symptoms of mental illness. Sound too dangerous? Then simulate a walk by the sea side by doing it during the day.

10:44PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

People who sleep 6 to 7 hours a night live longer than those who sleep 8 hours or more. The most efficient, life-extending hours of sleep a night are 5 to 6 hours. So say the sleep studies....!!
http://health.ucsd.edu/news/2002/02_08_kripke.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8036861/Five-hours-sleep-is-enough-study-finds.html

9:57PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I prefer an extra two hours of sleep in the mornings - rather than collapsing mid-afternoon

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