Often people feel that when exhaustion hits early in the morning, reaching out for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee can help reverse the condition.

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New Delhi: Have you ever woken up after a long sleep but still feel lethargic or exhausted for some reason? Well, it’s a common occurrence, napping and dozing off over and over again is far from normal. Feeling tired on a regular basis can make normal functioning too difficult, whether at work or school, but it is necessary to be aware of its root cause.

It turns out that three common mistakes can have this effect – and it all depends on how you start the day. Read on to know some common mistakes that could tire you out permanently.

Do not exit

Exposure to natural light is the first step to feeling fresh in the morning. However, people are often hesitant to step out into natural light first thing in the morning. Therefore, getting out within the first hour of waking up can be the key to activating cortisol levels, the body’s natural boost. And it may not be a long outdoor trip, five to 10 minutes is enough – it can help regulate temperature and movement rhythm as well as alertness, mood and concentration. Failure to do so can also affect sleep quality, which again induces exhaustion. Also, it is important to note that artificial lights emitted by phones and electronic devices may not have this health effect.

Rushing for the cup of coffee

Often people feel that when exhaustion hits early in the morning, reaching out for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee can help reverse the condition. However, it is advisable to delay the first caffeine dose of the day for at least 90 minutes after waking up. This is because when we are sleepy, a chemical known as adenosine builds up in the brain and tells us to close our eyes – caffeine, however, blocks this process. Therefore, if one feels exhausted or sleepy even after waking up, it could be due to a buildup of adenosine in the body.

Not heating enough

To be awake, it is important to raise the body temperature a little. Naturally, body temperature rises a little upon waking and drops to its lowest in the middle of the night. The best way to do this is not to snuggle up in bed but to exercise – an early morning walk can also do the trick. Another way is to take a cold shower because right after, the body temperature rises. Exposure to cold water can also induce dopamine production.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.