1 EAT BREAKFAST WITHIN 30 TO 45 MIN OF GETTING UP
When I was at university,
I have no idea how I managed to pass exams and do well, because at that time I was struggling with my sleep and energy levels.
For me, breakfast was just a cup of coffee and a cigarette and, although the thought of it makes me feel sick now, back then my energy was so different. My life was different too, and I was running in SURVIVAL mode. Your pattern of eating affects your blood sugar levels, and not eating first thing in the morning will lower your blood sugar, which then lets your brain know that you’re living in a famine situation. The brain reads this signal as being a crisis and switches on your survival system and stress-hormone production. However, eating a nourishing breakfast every morning informs your brain that you are living in a world where there is a plentiful supply of food and switches on the SAFETY system in which your circadian timer can be activated. In this way you’ll start to make more of the sleep hormone melatonin and, as a result, you’ll sleep better. Do this for just three days and you’ll see what a difference it makes to your sleep.