by Matt Alderton | June 06, 2019
Meeting planners who want to milk more time and productivity out of their day must start at the beginning. That is, with their mornings.

"Workers in the U.S. have a grogginess problem. One study found only one in seven Americans starts their day feeling refreshed. And that can have a very real impact on work performance," author Dan Scalco writes in an article for "Grogginess can contribute to irritability, stress and difficulty concentrating on the job, which is why it's consistently found to impede work performance. Plus, it's simply not enjoyable to sit down at your desk feeling like your head is stuffed with cotton."

If you're a grumposaurus in the morning, your first problem might be your snooze button.

"If you wake up feeling tired or groggy, snoozing might seem like the most natural thing in the world. Getting a few more minutes of sleep should be good for you, right? Unfortunately, that's not at all the case," Scalco says. "When you fall back asleep, your body starts up another sleep cycle. Because the earlier stages of the cycle include deeper sleep, when the alarm goes off again it's especially jarring for the body. In fact, snoozing can actually leave you feeling worse than you did when the alarm first went off. You're better off getting right out of bed when the alarm sounds for the first time. If that's not cutting it, compromise by investing in a clock or app that wakes you up gradually."

If your snooze button is what you should remove from your morning routine, sunlight is what you should add to it -- perhaps by taking a morning walk.

"Morning exposure to natural light can give you a boost of energy and help you wake up faster," Scalco explains. "You'll reap the best benefits if you stay outside for 20 to 30 minutes, but even a few minutes of sunlight exposure can help clear out brain fog. You'll enhance these effects if you take a stroll. Getting your blood pumping can further increase alertness and energy."

Finally, drink plenty of water with your breakfast. "Even being slightly dehydrated can contribute to brain fog, difficulty concentrating and headaches," Scalco concludes.

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