Friday, June 24, 2016

Are You A 'Rise and Shine' Person? Or, a Morning Grump?

Good Day World!

Before I retired, I hated getting up in the morning for work.

It was my worst time of the day.

(In Australia, a woman woke up to find a giant python in her house stretching 16 feet and weighing almost 70 pounds. Via Today)

Thankfully, I never woke up eye-to-eye with a giant python (pictured above). Now that would have really ruined my day. I doubt if I would have ever slept in that room again!

So what are some of the reasons people wake up grumpy? 

For starters, some of us are terminally grouchy. That's a fact. I fell into that category for a long time.

Some people just wake up slowly. Being groggy for anywhere from five minutes to 20 minutes is pretty common. Not everyone likes that experience.

Experts tell us that morning grumpiness is simply a symptom of our over-scheduled life, with too little sleep and not enough things that bring us joy on a day-to-day basis.

Perhaps that's why I'm a happy morning riser now. Not having to go to work does wonders for some of us. When I wake up these days, I know that I can do pretty much anything I want to.

Let's not forget having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

It really helps, according to Allison G. Harvey, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.

"Coffee is a very effective way to counteract sleep inertia," Harvey said in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

Related: Why You're Not A Morning Person (And How To become One

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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