Five morning mistakes

Five morning mistakes that ruin the rest of the day

Some simple tricks to help us get a better start to the day

MILAN – From dragging ourselves out of bed and throwing ourselves in the shower, gulping down a coffee and dashing straight to the office. This is what we’re doing  wrong in the morning, according to Fox News, which apparently ruins the rest of the day.

WAKING UP IN THE DARK – A study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine found that people who got most of their exposure to natural light after midday have a higher body mass index than people who saw sunshine in the early morning. Exposure to 20 to 30 minutes of natural light in the morning helps set your internal clock and regulate energy levels, appetite and your metabolism.

NOT ENOUGH WATER – Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh, explained that if you don’t drink enough water in the morning, this can have a negative impact on the rest of the day. And when you’re low on water, you’re much more likely to be in a bad mood, get confused or feel tired.

NOT HAVING BREAKFAST – British research has found that leaving the house on an empty stomach makes you grumpy and foggy. In particular, eating a good breakfast makes you sharper in daily tasks and put you in a better frame of mind to face the day. Eating a healthy breakfast in the morning gives you the energy the brain needs to function properly for the rest of the day.

NOT ENOUGH PROTEIN – Researchers from the University of Texas found that the right mix of proteins is the best way to increase muscle protein synthesis. In particular, they found that people who eat a 30 g portion of protein per meal – not just at lunch – had a 25% higher rate of this particular metabolic mechanism which promotes muscle growth and health.

NOT ENJOYING YOUR JOURNEY – Finally, the last step to getting your day off to a good start is your journey from home to work. The  morning commute  has a significant impact on the rest of the day.