2. Don’t press snooze
That extra 15 minutes of fake shuteye actually does more harm than good. Not only are you disturbing your natural circadian sleep rhythms, but hitting snooze tricks your body into going back into a deep sleep. Just get up.
3. Cinnamon stick it
Ditch the demerara and try a sprinkle of cinnamon in your coffee. Not only will it help you cut back on sugar, it will also lower your cholesterol, improve brain function and is packed with antioxidants for a better life.
4. Download Elevate
Candy Crush is not going to make you a better person. Instead, download brain-training app Elevate. Apple’s App Of The Year offers daily cognitive training challenges that exercise your mind and make you smarter.
5. Never eat in front of the TV
Gawping at the gogglebox while eating is a proven cause of weight gain. Get distracted by the latest episode of House Of Cards and it’s likely you won’t register how much you are eating or how full you feel.
6. And slow down (when you eat)
Eating too quickly is obviously bad for digestion, but the bigger issue is that it takes about 20 minutes after you start eating for your brain to realise you’re no longer hungry.
7. Have a pre-bed shower
Ease your way into sleep with a warm shower before bed. The water dilates blood vessels, relaxes muscles and removes toxins from the skin.
8. Clear your mind
We all know we should be meditating, don’t we? It isn’t difficult, doesn’t take long, and all it costs you is time. As for the benefits, well, who wouldn’t want to be smarter, calmer, happier, less stressed and more productive?
09. Write down the good stuff
According to psychologist Martin Seligman, at the end of the day you should take ten minutes to write down three good things that happened to you and how they made you feel. You end your day feeling positive, no matter what else happened.
10. Become a Sleep Genius
Favoured by space nappers Nasa, this personalised sleep app can help you work out the best bedtime, wake you at the right time, teach you relaxation techniques and how to power nap.