Contributed by Mary Lee
Starting the day with yoga offers health benefits far beyond those found on the mat. Yoga invigorates mind and body while reducing stress and leading to overall better health. Adding it to your morning routine sets you up for a day full of energy and focus. With the right mindset and preparation, you can incorporate a morning yoga routine without losing one minute of sleep.
Importance of Getting Quality Sleep
A morning yoga routine should support healthy sleep not detract or steal time from it. In fact, regular exercise can improve your sleep quality and increase your ability to stay asleep longer. When you regularly sleep seven to eight hours per day, the recommended amount of sleep for adults, you set yourself up for:
That’s a long list of benefits you don’t want to miss.
Make Time in the Morning by Preparing at Night
If you’re going to get those all-important hours of sleep, you need to start consciously thinking about how to prepare for an early morning. Late sleepers especially need to plan for early morning success.
Go to Bed Earlier
Many people overlook this simple step. If you’re getting up an hour earlier to catch an early morning yoga class, you need to get to bed an hour earlier. To help your body get ready for a new bedtime, try one of these tricks:
Make Morning Your Time
Going to bed on time will help in the morning, but it’s still going to take some adjustment. Part of that adjustment is a mental shift away from thinking about getting up as punishment or a loss. Think of early morning as a time that’s devoted to developing you, mentally and physically. It’s your time to focus on becoming the best version of yourself. If you’re still struggling to get going, try to:
Mary Lee is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She specializes in sleep's role in mental and physical health and wellness. Mary lives in Olympia, Washington and shares her full-sized bed with a very noisy cat.
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