When I Rise in the Morning, What Happens to My Circadian Rhythm?

February 15, 2024
David Sunnyside

Some mornings everything goes right. Your alarm clock snoozes silently, your morning jog feels like playtime, and you’re able to sip your coffee slowly instead of gulp it in a rush. Other mornings, well, they’re not as great.

Our natural body clock, or circadian rhythm, runs on a 24-hour cycle and relies on cues from our environment to help regulate sleep, energy levels and metabolism. Your choices, from the time you wake up to whether you log that early-bird workout or stay up late, all influence your circadian rhythm and can make you feel groggy, tired or alert throughout the day.

If you’re a chronic early riser, consider setting your alarm a little later than usual and try to go to bed around the same time each night and morning. This will help you determine your circadian rhythm, so you can get the most out of your morning.

Even if you’re not an early riser, incorporating some of the routines below into your daily life can help you start the day off on the right note. And don’t forget to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up, which can help keep you hydrated and focused all day long.

When you rise in the morning, think about the good things God has in store for you – relationships, fulfilling work and a sense of purpose that pulls you forward. It’s not God’s plan for you to live a dreary existence, and the Bible is full of verses that tell us He wants joy in our lives.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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