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students who identified themselves as ‘morning people’ earned better grades

School starts at 7.30am. If you are fortunate enough to be living in close proximity to your school, you wake up at 6.45am. Should you not be one of these fortunate souls, your mornings will begin even earlier than that. It is not rare to find students complaining that school starts too early, especially during examination period- where many stay up late revising. Why is it important to feel wake up earlier in the morning? How can you start your early mornings feeling energized- especially during tiring revision periods? This article will tell you more!

Importance of early mornings

Mattress over mind
Mattress over mind

Waking up early in the morning may seem like a chore, but it can have great benefits.  In addition, in a 2008 Texas University study, students who identified themselves as ‘morning people’ earned better grades. The study focused on 824 undergraduates who were enrolled in a psychology degree. The subjects completed surveys regarding sleep habits and daytime functioning.

Not forgetting that by waking up early in the morning, you will not need to squeeze with office workers during the morning peak hour rush- which is more often than not an unpleasant experience. Of course, if you are waking up in the morning, but feeling sluggish and sleepy, these benefits most probably will not occur. Feeling awake and energized is the key to obtain these benefits.

How you can start your mornings feeling energized

Drinking water (and only water) in the morning increases the rate at which new muscle and blood cells are formed- leaving you feeling energized

Fortunately, despite the seemingly uphill battle of waking up early in the morning, a small change in your morning routine can make leave you feeling energized and ready to take on any challenges thrown at you for the day. Besides the usual ‘go to bed earlier’ and ‘drink coffee’—some tasks some of us cannot afford to do, there are many simple ways to go about doing so! Let me share with you three simple tips:

1.    Morning exercise

Getting your heart pumping is definitely one way to go to feeling energized in the morning. Putting in a morning exercise can instantly enhance your mood and drive up your levels of focus and concentration for the day too. Simple exercises such as jogging or even static exercises by producing endorphins (chemicals in the brain) can alleviate stress and lethargy, leaving you feeling good and focused for school. Interestingly, it has also been proven that morning exercises also increases one’s energy levels for the following day too, as long as you focus on physical activity that suits your existing fitness and daily schedule.

2.    Hydration

According to various studies, the way we hydrate ourselves in the morning is increasingly influential on our mental and physical outlook. After a long night’s rest, your body definitely suffers from dehydration. Drinking water (and only water) in the morning increases the rate at which new muscle and blood cells are formed- leaving you feeling energized. In fact, this is one of the secrets that the Japanese have to a higher life expectancy with good health since drinking water in the morning creates a stimulating environment to eliminate different health problems and boost your immunity systems (something you will during examination period)! 

3.    Breakfast

‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ This is probably something that you have heard many times and it still rings true. Besides the obvious reason of breakfast providing a boost to your energy levels, many studies have shown how eating breakfast can boost your cognitive functions of memory and concentration. Not only that, it leaves you happier as you experience lower stress levels. In studies amongst children, breakfast has even been linked to improved grades!

Being in the situation of having to wake up early in the morning is not as terrible as it feels- in fact, it has significant benefits to you! Nevertheless, you can always follow these three simple lifestyle changes to feel a lot better about your early mornings (on top of those benefits) and be all ready for a full day ahead. 

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