My mother had a saying if I was grumpy in the morning, “Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?” Since I am not a morning person and never have been (though I think that’s changing, so read on) I heard that a lot growing up.
They say wisdom comes with age, so now at the age of 49 years old, I know that my morning routine must begin with my bedtime routine…life is on a continuum. So how I treat and nurture my body today will impact how my body and mind function tomorrow. That’s why my day begins the evening before. What do I mean by that?
I know that if I eat too much or drink a glass of wine late in the evening (which for me is after 7:00) it will disrupt my sleep. If my sleep is disrupted that means my restless legs will be doing the “cha cha” all night and I will likely wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep. Also, chances are if I don’t get enough exercise that day I won’t sleep well either.
Since sleep is all important to my mental state of mind and ability to function at the top of my game, I consider caring for my body in a way that promotes the highest quality of sleep a very important part of a healthy living lifestyle. Since I have been getting in tune with my body and the necessary ingredients for quality sleep, I am actually becoming a morning person…no more “getting up on the wrong side of the bed” for me.
Remember, your morning routine begins with your evening routine!