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When Coffee Becomes a Necessity

The pleasant morning ritual that most find too painful to part with has become a temporary chemical solution to treating drowsiness. That’s right, let’s talk about the black pot of goodness, and an alternative to keep that energy lasting throughout the day.

Generally speaking, a restless night’s sleep will have us running towards the coffee pot or shop, with the intention of waking up and staying alert. However, coffee only provides a short-term solution that can possibly lead to long-term side effects.

When consumed, coffee acts as a chemical stimulation that leaves your body struggling to adapt to the increased blood levels… which we sadly mistake for “energy”. The caffeine from your cup of joe sends a signal and adrenaline is released to provide you with the extra spark you had been feigning for. Your body then goes into fight or flight mode stirring up stress hormones and complete relaxation may become impossible. Building a tolerance to caffeine can become detrimental when the thing you were using to wake up disguises itself, and becomes the thing that is disrupting your sleep.

 

Put Down The Coffee and Pick Up a Dumbbell

How about changing that morning ritual to something that will not only increase productivity and energy levels, but will also increase your lifespan and quality of life? Making time for a quick workout, run, or activity is the best way to create a beneficial lifestyle. Fitness releases those feel-good hormones also known as endorphins, and also increases mental acitivity that lasts anywhere from four to ten hours afterwords.

By creating a morning workout schedule and sticking to it even on the groggiest of mornings will take a turn for the better. Just like anything in life, it takes time to adjust. Your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms will grow accustomed to your new routine and physiologically, some wonderful things will begin to happen: A few hours prior to awakening, your body will begin to prepare for waking and exercise. Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity will begin to elevate, which will contribute to you feeling alert and energized when you do wake up. It’s time you learn how to enjoy your cup of coffee and not depend on it. One thing you can rely on is your morning workout to get you out of bed and into a productive lifestyle.

 

 

Recharging Your Brain

You glance at the time just to find you are only half-way through your day and there are still workloads to be managed. As you take a deep breath and strategize your next move, whether it be to the coffee pot or the nearest vending machine, your eyes begin to feel heavy and your train of thought comes to a screeching halt. When these symptoms occur, the only thing you can think about is crawling under your desk and taking a snoozer. Well, it’s time to act on those thoughts, and take the steps necessary for your well-being and recharge those batteries.

Napping leaves you feeling mentally refreshed. It increases serotonin levels which puts you in a better mood and increases performance. For a boost of alertness, experts advise a 10-20 minute nap is suitable to restore brain activity and heighten procedural memory. For intellectual memory processing, a 60 minute nap may add even more value to your day. Of course this depends upon whether your employer allows you an extensive break, or if you have time in-between classes.

In this unyielding, fast-paced world, prioritizing your workload and personal life may seem asymmetrical at times. So, instead of brewing up another pot of joe, close your office door, dim the lights, and shut off the nagging voices in your head. Try holding a set of keys or a pen in your hand as you doze off, the prop will usually fall 15-20 minutes into your nap (before you enter a different phase of sleep) and wake you up. If you aren’t particularly fond of naps because you find that you wake up groggy, the next time you take a siesta, try sipping on a cup of coffee before hand. Caffeine usually takes 20 minutes to kick in, and won’t hurt such a short break and should lessen the effect of sleep inertia upon awakening.

Don’t feel guilty for taking a few minutes to recharge. Enjoy a “cat-nap” and reap the benefits of improved productivity, energy, creativity, and extended mental capacity that it provides.

How Much Is Too Much of a Good Thing? (Sleep)

We often think of sleep in terms of minutes or hours, instead of considering its quality. As the weekend approaches, and the amount of work days dwindle, getting more sleep is usually the first thing on our mind. You may have caught yourself saying things like, “I finally get to catch up on some sleep,” or maybe more perhaps, “I may sleep the day away!” Most of us are highly aware or have experienced the dangerous side-effects of not getting enough shut-eye. However, studies find that getting too much sleep can have similar effects and even be hazardous to your health. So the question is, “How much is too much of this good thing we call sleep?”

There is no “magic number” to put on the duration of a fair nights sleep, however research has shown the body needs approximately 6-8 hours each sleep shift. On the nights some find it necessary to “catch up on sleep” for 9+hours, they may feel exhausted upon awakening. There is the great possibility of waking up feeling foggy, and worse off than running off of 6 hours if sleep. This terrible condition that has us running for the nearest coffee shop is also know as sleep drunkenness. It plays a trick on the mind that has one hovering between a state of slumber and being awake. Not only can too much sleep hold you back from reaching full production potential throughout the day, but it can also impair attention, alertness, concentration, problem solving, and include serious health risks.

If you are among the many Americans in today’s society that can “sleep the day away”, you may want to pay close attention before hitting that snooze button again. Sleeping in every so often does not present serious health risks, however, habitually oversleeping could potentially be a factor in an underlying health problem that you may be unaware of. Over 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, low thyroid, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and hypersomnia. These may be factors that contribute to your daily drowsiness and low energy levels, and is important that you seek immediate professional care if you feel that any of these may pertain to you.

A good night’s rest is vital to your well-being based on the countless negative side-effects it can potentially have on your health. Regardless of the cause of your sleep habits, there are a few things that will help you reap the benefits of achieving your slumber potential, such as: Creating a sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time, exercise, and making your bedroom a space that invites a pleasant night’s rest, starting with finding the right mattes that will provide the comfort you need. At Mattresses For Less you can choose from their endless selection of premium mattresses, and let your body and mind understand what quality sleep feels like again!