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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. However, according to a January 2014 study conducted by global polling firm, Penn Schoen Berland, although nearly 85 percent of Americans believe breakfast is important, 53 percent skip it because they don't have enough time, want to get extra sleep or don't like preparing it. These time-starved individuals need a quick and easy option, such as a Hormel Compleats breakfast (www.hormel.com
). Ready in just 60 seconds, the shelf-stable line offers the great taste of familiar, hearty breakfast staples, like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Bacon Breakfast Scramble. Select varieties contain 17-20 grams of protein per serving.
* Consider the power of protein. According to Health.com, eggs -- and even bacon -- can be effective breakfast options to provide your body with the energy it needs to power through the day. This is why two of the Compleats varieties feature eggs, which are packed with protein.
"Eggs are a great source of nutrients," said Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center. "Just one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants."
* 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."