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13 things you're doing wrong from the moment you wake up

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 11 Jan 2017

If your daily routinewere a college assignment and you submitted it to your professorthe scientist, chances are it would come back with a whole lot of red ink.That is to say,you're probably making a ton of mistakes every single day that can sabotage your productivity and happiness. Think drinking coffee too early and listening to music while doing focused work.The good news is, you can't get an "F" in life.In fact, once you read the list below, you'll have every opportunity to revamp your daily schedule and makeat least some ofthe changes we recommend. We're not talking major life overhaulsmore like tweaks and adjustmentswith potentially hugeeffects on your well-being.Here's to a new you in 2017.SEE ALSO:7 things not to do when you first wake up6:30 a.m. Hitting the snooze buttonThere's nothing quite so delightful as a few more minutes of sleepin between alarms.But as sleep expert Timothy Morgenthaler told Business Insider's Jessica Orwig,"Most sleep specialists think that snooze alarms are not a good idea."That's partly because, if you fall back into a deep sleep after you hit the snooze button, you're entering a sleep cycle you definitely won't be able to finish. So you'll likely wake up groggy instead of refreshed.A better bet' Figure out how much sleep you need on a nightly basis and make sure to get that amount. Easier said than donebut you'll be glad you did.7:00 a.m. Checking emailas soon as you wake upIf you sleep nearyour phone (and most Americans do), it's easy to roll over and start mindlessly scrolling through your inbox.Don't do it.As Julie Morgenstern, author of the book "Never Check Email in the Morning," told The Huffington Post, if you start your morning this way, "you'll never recover.""Those requests and those interruptions and those unexpected surprises and those reminders and problems are endless," she said. In fact, she advises waiting a full hour before wading into your inbox: "There is very little that cannot wait a minimum of 59 minutes."7:45 a.m. Drinking coffee while getting ready for workIf you think you can't function until you've downed a cup of joe, think again.Your body naturally produces higher amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which regulates energy,between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sofor most people, the best time to drink coffeeis after 9:30 a.m.If you consume caffeinebefore then, your body will start adjusting by producing less cortisol in the early morningmeaning you'll be creating the problem you fear.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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