Guest Post by Rafi Chowdhury
Waking up early seems like a difficult task and something truly unpleasant for most people. However, there are great advantages to waking up early in the morning. Not only will you feel better about yourself when you start your day actively while others are still sleeping. You will also get more done and have more time for your friends, family and yourself as a result.
Best of all, waking up early is not as difficult as many consider it to be. You just need to follow the right strategy. The biohacking trick you will have a chance to learn below is a real working life hack which helps you reduce your sleep time, enjoy more free time and greater productivity and reduce stress levels, also. The strategy allows you to start your day on the right foot by programming your biochemical functioning a certain way so that you keep your high energy levels throughout the day.
The strategy is quite straightforward and does not require you to be a genius to understand it and be able to apply it. You will need some ingredients that you will have to take early in the morning right after your alarm rings. These include a cup of ice water, some whey protein and caffeine. You can either drink coffee and take in caffeine this way but it is much more appropriate to use caffeine tablets, as these do not require you to get on your feet and walk in order to prepare the cup of coffee. You can enjoy the pumping-up nature of caffeine without having to get out of bed.
Now if you’re thinking that you could just have a coffee and that’s it, please know that you are not going to experience the same benefits when you combine the caffeine with the other mentioned ingredients. Additionally, you can add L-theanine to the mixture. It is the active substance in green tea and works in a way similar to caffeine.
Starting Your Day
When the alarm wakes you up it is the right time to drink the mixture of whey protein and cold water combined with a tablet of caffeine (200 mg should be sufficient) and L-theanine. Within the next few minutes, you should experience some biochemical changes in your body. The purpose of the cold water is to make your organs alert and spark up your energy levels. The protein can be used as an energy source and comes in really handy, especially if you exercise a lot. For example, if you do a lot of weight lifting, you need increased amounts of protein. The purpose of the caffeine and L-theanine is quite obvious. It makes you more mentally alert, creative and productive.
What You Should Never Do
What you should never do is try to reduce your sleep time significantly. It is true that some people, including Bill Gates and Donald Trump, only need a few hours of sleep and they can function equally well, if not better, than others. These people only sleep about 4 or 5 hours each night which might be contributing to their success, as they have more time for work and much less of the unproductive sleep time. The average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep per day. The older you grow the less sleep you will need.
You should also avoid using products which contain caffeine after you have taken your caffeine capsule in the morning. If you love drinking coffee, sorry to disappoint you, but if you keep drinking it, chances are you will become resistant to it and it will no longer work on you. In addition, right before you go to bed, avoid spending time in front of a computer screen and also avoid any type of exercise. Avoidance of electronic devices is important because they require a lot of your brain power and if you are to fall asleep with ease, you should do everything you can to help the mind be quiet. Avoidance of exercise is also of importance because it allows your body to become calmer and decreases your pulse rate which facilitates the process of falling asleep.
You can add your own twist to the strategy described above. For example, you can take a cold shower right after you go out of bed which has a similar effect as the drinking of cold water. You can also engage in some type of physical exercise to activate your neuromuscular system and make your energy levels rise. The bottom line? This tactic works if you work it. If you stay persistent and keep at it, you will enjoy the benefits it brings to your life.
Rafi Chowdhury is the founder & CEO of Chowdhury’s Digital, co-founder of myCampusHacks, and is an experienced digital marketing consultant based in Los Angeles. He writes about how to make your startup more successful.