I know I owe you all a post on dopamine, motivation, and how to start feeling better and happier, but I just haven’t had time to get it all together. Happily it’s not because I lack motivation but because we went back to school and I’ve been crazy busy!
But I just had to come on here and tell you that I am actually getting up at 5AM to run every morning before school. I can tell you I feel dramatically different than when I used to crawl out of bed at 5:45 and make my way to my car by 6:45. Now I’m actually out of the house and in the car by 6:35 wide awake and ready to go teach the children somethin’.
So what’s changed besides the dose of neurotransmitters blasting through my brain while I run? It’s the not hitting the snooze button thing anymore. I’ve done a lot of reading about sleep and I’ve learned hitting the snooze button is pretty bad for me. It’s probably bad for you too.
Maybe you know this already, but hitting snooze is a really bad thing to do when you want to wake up refreshed. The short explanation is that once you have an alarm set, your body gets used to it and starts to wake up before it goes off. When you hit the snooze button and fall back to sleep, even for just ten minutes, you send yourself into the start of a new sleep cycle. Then when the snooze goes off again you wind up waking up in a part of the sleep cycle you shouldn’t wake up in. If you wake up feeling foggy, now you know why. And that feeling can last up to two hours!
Don’t get me wrong, my running before work, I believe, has made a big difference in my overall mindset too. But that no snooze thing has made the difference as to how easy it is to get out of bed to even get out to run.
So don’t hit snooze! And I promise to post my help for the unmotivated soon!
Post a comment below if you knew about the snooze thing or try it and see a difference in your morning. I always like to hear from my readers.