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Waking up to an alarm in the morning is disliked by many. It’s not uncommon for people to hit snooze once or twice before getting out of bed in the morning. You may struggle with enough energy to get going. Are you the type that needs an alarm for your alarm? Then today’s blog is for you! For a boost of energy in the morning, Dr. Christine Tenaglia, a family dentist in Okemos is sharing five ways to feel more energized, so you can get your day started on the right foot.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Food is a source of energy for your body, so consuming a healthy breakfast should boost your energy level. Complex carbohydrates such as steel-cut oats, whole-wheat bread, or quinoa provide energy-sustaining nutrients to your body. Adding berries to oatmeal or yogurt could give your palette a refreshing break by mixing up your breakfast options. To make things easy in the morning, your general dentist that is open in Lansing advises to plan your meals and prepare breakfasts in advance for quick assembly when you are in a rush.
Drink Hot Tea
Although coffee is the most common hot beverage in the morning, hot tea could also provide an energy boost. Caffeine in tea affects your body gradually, helping to sustain the energy boost. Tea has additional benefits such as stress reduction, antioxidants, and could help with intestinal therapy. However, Dr. Tenaglia cautions that adding sugar to your tea could increase bacteria, and too much consumption of tea could cause stains on your teeth. To protect your oral health and your pearly whites, be sure to brush your teeth after drinking tea with or without sugar.
Movement can provide a boost in energy. Therefore, Dr. Tenaglia recommends exercising daily. The exercises do not need to be strenuous but could be comprised of simple stretches to get your body warmed up to move. Then, activities such as running in place, jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, or sit-ups for approximately one minute could help boost your energy, especially if you complete these exercises first thing in the morning. However, if you feel warry, weak, or experience discomfort, stop and try a less exertive exercise.
Meditation comes in many forms, but it could be an excellent way to clear your mind before beginning your daily to-do list. Starting your day with a clear mind and focus could increase your energy and help you be more productive throughout the day. Whether you practice deep breathing, focus on a still object in the room, or listen to meditation music to relax your mind, meditation could give you a much-needed natural energy boost.
Get More Sleep
Your tiredness could be a lack of getting the appropriate amount of sleep your body needs to function correctly. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule where your body goes to sleep and wakes up at the same time each day can help regulate your sleep patterns. Also, refrain from caffeine, reading on your phone, or computer use at least an hour before bed to help your brain relax and prepare for sleep.
Following a schedule and sleeping for seven to nine hours per night but still waking up tired as if you did not sleep could mean you have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep-breathing disorder where your airway becomes blocked at night, resulting in sleep disruptions. The disruption in your sleep pattern reduces the amount of restful sleep you get and could result in feeling tired and an inability to focus throughout the day. Only sleep specialists can provide sleep apnea diagnoses, but Dr. Tenaglia offers airway screenings in Okemos to detect the condition as well as offer treatments to help you achieve quality sleep.
Dentist in Okemos, Lansing, and East Lansing, MI
Waking up tired before you get your day started can make the days seem longer and more challenging to get through. Using some of the tips listed above could help give you a needed energy boost in the morning. However, if you have tried the items above but are still tired, feel free to contact Tenaglia Smiles to find out if you may have sleep apnea. Call our office today at (517) 347-6733 or schedule an appointment online for your sleep apnea consultation.