Our morning routines can be pretty set in stone if we are lucky enough to have a morning routine at all. Whether you’re a morning person or not, the way you start your day can have long-lasting impacts on your productivity and overall health. Here are some of the ways you can help improve your morning routine according to science!
Skip the morning shower
For many people, the first thing they do in the morning is hop right in the shower. I know it’s the only thing I can do before I feel like a human again. As it turns out, that might not be the best thing. Your skin and hair have a microbiome of different bacteria and germs and most of that bacteria is very beneficial to your health.
Over-showering can lead to the destruction of that delicate microbiome, and actually cause you to smell worse than if you had showered less frequently. Sure you may smell a little funny for a few days, but your body will naturally put it back in balance.
Shower once or twice a week
Showering once or twice a week is a good litmus to go by, but everyone is different. They have different microbiome systems, they have different hair types, and have less or more dry and oily skin than others. The point is that you have to kind of troubleshoot through what your body naturally needs. There isn’t a study that has been published, at least to our knowledge, that gives a comprehensive guide to how often one should shower. If you’re like me and get extremely bad bed head, just run some water through your hair and comb it out.
Have your coffee, but wait a bit
Coffee is pretty healthy for you overall, but the time of day you drink it can be counterproductive. As your body naturally wakes up, it starts to produce a natural hormone called cortisol. The peak hours your body has cortisol in it is between 8 and 9 a.m. This is your body’s natural caffeine.