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Although there are many people who prefer to work or study at night, many studies agree that the hours of the day are those that provide the most energy and those that can be used the most.
Many people find it easier to work, study, or train first thing in the morning. On the other hand, others prefer the solitude and quiet of the night to be more productive, since when everyone sleeps they tend to concentrate better.
However, people with nocturnal habits have other different sleep cycles, many times they suffer from chronic fatigue and they can suffer disorders due to dysregulation of their biological rhythms. According to a study by the University of Toronto (Canada), waking up early after a completely restful sleep is more beneficial than we imagine since there is a direct relationship between a good regulation of biological rhythms and the feeling of happiness.
The main reason is that a correct balance between hours of sleep, work, and leisure favors the well-being of people. This is because, at night, you rest better and recover enough energy to strengthen the immune system and be alert to any situation. Early risers have more natural rest cycles and therefore have no trouble falling asleep.
The natural cycles of light, the ingestion, and digestion of food, the rhythm of modern life with long hours of work, and other activities that are added to the routine, change our internal biological clock. So how can we regulate our habits so we can get up early and be more productive?
1. Turn off the cell phone to avoid exposure to its light.
It is proven that the blue light of the cell phone alters the production of melatonin and interrupts the induction of sleep. In the long term, it can cause damage to health.
2. Extend 15 minutes of sleep.
If you are very tired, you can try the 15 minute grace period: reset your alarm clock for another 15 or 20 minutes to prolong your rest.
3. Sunlight to wake up your mind.
A little sunbath with your cup of coffee in hand will shorten the secretion of melatonin and your whole body will begin to wake up in a conscious and energetic way.
4. Avoid dehydration.
Consuming water and infusions during the day will help you cope with fatigue on those days in which the temperature threatens your concentration. A glass of water with a few drops of lemon will serve as a powerful shock of freshness to awaken all your senses.
5. Natural sleep inducers.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you can resort to taking infusions of valerian, lemon verbena, and even melatonin pills, which are a powerful natural driver of sleep. If you still want a more ecological solution, look for lavender essential oils or creams for pleasant relaxation.
Health tip: an adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to achieve a good rest and the recovery of their body. This is also related to the proper functioning of the brain and memory.