Many of us would like to adopt a healthier lifestyle, but have neither the time nor the energy to start a new regime. The good news is that just a few minor changes to your daily routine can make a difference
Get up -Researchers at the University of Westminster found that, regardless of what time they go to bed, people who rise between 5.22am and 7.21am have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bloodstream. Cortisol makes you more prone to stress-induced heart attacks, so waking up after 7.21am could offer protection.
Switch on a light' -Exposing yourself to light as soon as you wake will reset the body clock which governs our sleeping and waking patterns,' says Professor Jim Horne, who runs the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University.
Have a glass of water -Water is needed for thousands of chemical processes in the body. A deficiency can cause headaches, dry skin and sore eyes. A glass in the morning offsets night-time dehydration.
Ditch the lie-in' -You can keep your body clock synchronised and, therefore, sleep better by getting up at the same time each day,' says Prof. Horne.
The U.S. National Institute of Health found that people who sleep at least nine hours a night are almost twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease as those who get by on six hours or less.
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Brush your teeth before breakfast -This prevents dental erosion from food by coating the teeth with protective fluoride. Otherwise, wait half an hour after breakfast, says Gordon Watkins, health and safety adviser to the British Dental Association clinic in London.
'Brushing straight after a meal can do more harm, particularly after acidic foods such as orange juice, as it will wash away tooth enamel that has been weakened by the acid,' he says.
Source - Daily Mail