In today’s ever-changing, busier-than-ever world, a positive mindset and feeling energized are more important than ever. Setting clear goals for better health should be top of mind, and staying motivated for the long term is key to conquering those metaphorical mountains. So, how do we stay committed to our health goals on day 3, 33 or 333 and beyond?

The neuroscientists at Emma Sleep have uncovered a few easy tips to awaken your best and boost your mood every morning the natural way. Add some of these tips to your morning routine to amp up your morning energy, stay alert and keep working at it until they become long-term, permanent lifestyle changes. 

A balanced diet is a must. 

A well-balanced diet is key to supplying your body with enough energy for the day. In fact, having a balanced diet focused on healthy carbohydrates, protein and fewer fats (consider the 50-30-20 rule) decreases fatigue, anxiety, and depression and increases serotonin, which naturally boosts mood. Emma Sleep’s sleep experts suggest adding more fiber and less fat and sugar for a deeper, more restorative sleep and fewer awakenings throughout the night—this will mean more energy for you to use the next day. 

Stretch or workout—just keep moving.

For most people, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can boost deep sleep, meaning you wake fewer times throughout the night. Apart from getting your blood pumping in the morning, exercising increases our endorphins, which helps boost our mood and alertness throughout the day. While there is a common belief that exercising in the evening arouses excitement and hinders sleep, our experts recommend that scheduling your workout no later than two or three hours before bedtime should still give your body enough time to cool down and sleep just fine. 

Will you light my candle?

It’s time to bust out your favorite scented candles and essential oils because aromatherapy is a great aid for relaxation, mood boosts and sleep improvement. Scents to stock up on based on our sleep science records include:

  • Lavender: Calms the mind and reduces sleepiness during the day.
  • Marjoram: Reduces stress and anxiety. We suggest using this as an air freshener. 
  • Peppermint: Used to rejuvenate and energize your body. It’s known to kick start your memory and speed up your thought process.

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

After a good 8-10 hours without water, your body needs to rehydrate in the morning. In fact, starting your day with at least two glasses of water can jumpstart your system so that your body processes work efficiently. So, before hitting the Starbucks across the street, get yourself a glass of water. 

emma-headerEmma SleepMake sleep a priority.

Sleep is just as important to our body as other things, like healthy eating, drinking, and exercise.

Dr. Verena Senn, head of Emma’s sleep experts and research team says: “Sleep is a natural mood booster. Getting a good amount of sleep each night awakens you to be the best version of yourself by giving your mind and body the time necessary to recharge and awaken feeling refreshed, alert, and in a good mood. Think of achieving optimal sleep (at least seven to nine hours per night) like charging a battery. When the battery (you) is fully charged, it will have all the positive energy and motivation it needs to perform well in all aspects of life.”

Sleep serves to conserve and restore energy as it stocks on glycogen, which stores energy in your brain. Getting good sleep is determined by the quality of sleep your body gets during the night, which is heavily affected by more than just diets and scented candles. In fact, many don’t attribute poor sleep to the mattress they’re sleeping on! 

A good mattress never hurt no body

A poor mattress can lead to body aches and pains, lighter sleep with increased interruptions, and fatigue, consequently leading to more fatigue due to improper body support. Sleeping on an excellent quality mattress, personalized according to your needs, is very important for excellent quality of sleep and boosted energy the next day.

emma-2Emma SleepAwaken your best

Emma Sleep designs for so much more than mattresses. The company was founded on bridging thoughtful design and proprietary sleep technology to make solutions that work for every type of sleeper. That means Emma Sleep designs for wellness. The team wants you to be energized, empowered, refreshed, and to feel good.

No matter your body type or sleep style, there is an Emma Sleep product for you. The Emma Original mattress has a pressure relieving, three-zone design, created to provide extra support for the lower back by adjusting to your shoulders, hips and knee zones. It is also made to have motion isolation to minimize weight and movement disturbance, for that uninterrupted sleep.

The Emma Original is made of five luxurious layers:

  • The UltraDry® Original Cover: Created to be cooling, breathable and even moisture-wicking 
  • Cooling AIRGOCELL® Layer: An extra temperature-regulating layer to ensure cooling and refreshing sleep
  • Ergonomic HALO® Memory Foam Layer: Engineered with motion isolation for uninterrupted sleep, no matter how much your partner or pet moves, you won’t wake up
  • Durable HRX Supreme® base layer: For enhanced stability and support to relieve pressure
  • Edge Support: A reinforced perimeter to let you fall asleep without falling off and let you easily wake up in the morning

Emma’s Founder and Sleep Science Team

With the vision to improve lives by changing the way people sleep, Emma Sleep was founded by friends Manual Müller and Dennis Schmoltzi in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2013. The Sleep Science Team—a team of engineers, sleep scientists and even neuroscientists—has been hard at work in an in-house state-of-the-art sleep laboratory ever since, conducting leading research and sleep studies.

Now, Emma Sleep is available in 30 countries across the globe, bringing beautiful nights’ sleep to more than 2 million sleepers, and becoming the most globally awarded brand in Canada. 

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