Want to leave work on time? Need an alternative to rushing to the office with a bagel on hand? Get rid of these bad morning habits today and see how much better your day can get.
Sleeping a couple of extra minutes after you’re already awake is not only going to make you late for work – it will also disrupt your body’s natural sleep cycle. People with this habit will notice that they usually feel groggy instead of refreshed. According to the National Institutes of Health, this state is called sleep inertia: a midway condition of low performance the moment an individual wakes up.
Assuming there’s no medical condition and you got enough sleep (which is between eight to nine hours), sleep inertia will only last for up to 30 minutes. But if you didn’t get the required amount of rest the night before, this could last for up to four hours. In a 2014 survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans report problems with sleep quality. If you don’t feel well-rested, that would explain why you regularly reach for the snooze button.
In a survey done by Bank of America, 35 percent of respondents say their phones are the first thing on their minds as soon as they wake up. Meanwhile in Australia, 45 percent of mobile users are on #social media first thing in the morning. Whether you’re using it to check your email, social media, or to search for something, you’ve already wasted precious minutes of your day.
Believe it or not, the choices we face each morning can either make or break the day. That’s why the most successful people have developed their own routines in order to become more productive. To CEOs, writers, marketers, investors, and innovators, mornings are what make a champion.
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