Martha Stewart Living
What’s Your A.M. Type?
Some 85 percent of us don’t get out of bed easily, says Breus.
(You know who you are.) But we can all start strong. “The key is working with your biology,” he says. Here, tips for every body.
IF YOU JUMP OUT OF BED The biggest challenge for you, Marthas of the world, is making that take-on-the-world energy last. Food helps: Eat within 30 minutes of waking, which could be as early as 6 a.m.; then have a snack (like a small yogurt with fruit) around 9 a.m. to sustain you until lunch.
IF YOU WARM UP SLOWLY Wait till you feel your sharpest, say between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., to have coffee. “Drink it then—no sooner—so you don’t crash before your peak,” Breus says. FYI: Half of people fall into this category.
IF YOU ALWAYS HIT SNOOZE
Ten percent of people suffer from insomnia: They ruminate at night, and rarely feel refreshed the next morning. If you’re among them, that means your cortisol, a stress hormone that also energizes you, is lower than average—so boost it with a little exercise first thing. Even five minutes of pushups, squats, and planks in your pj’s will help.
IF YOU’RE A NIGHT OWL One in five people feels more creative and energized at night. Sound familiar? “Set two alarms, 20 minutes apart,” Breus says. “That time allows your body to ease into the day.” Then stick to emails and tasks you can easily check off until the afternoon, if possible.