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When it comes to starting the day early, finding energy fast is vital

Whether you’re up early for work, hitting the gym, getting your kids ready for school or just dealing with a pesky internal clock, it’s important to make the most of your mornings. Try these tips for finding your inner early bird:

* Don’t snooze. “When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting, so it is of poor quality,” says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona. Instead, try moving your alarm farther from your bed, so you have to stand up to turn it off.

* Have a quick and hearty breakfast ready to go. Studies consistently show the benefits of breakfast for promoting productivity during the day.

* Consider the power of protein. According to, eggs — and even bacon — can be effective breakfast options to provide your body with the energy it needs to power through the day.

* Shift your bedtime. If by nature you are a night owl who routinely sleeps later but wants to start your day sooner, start gradually moving your bedtime earlier. The most productive early birds aren’t sleep deprived. As Benjamin Franklin aptly noted, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”


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