The 3 main factors for waking up in a good mood, according to science

researchers from University of California, in the United States, dedicated themselves to discovering what factors lead people to wake up with energy or have difficulties getting out of bed and starting the day. In addition to a genetic component already proven by other studies, scientists maintain that 3 key factors make a difference in ensuring a good disposition.

For two weeks, the scientists monitored the food intake, physical activity, sleep patterns and glucose levels of 833 volunteers. Some had twins so that genetic factors were factored out of the final analysis. The results showed the 3 main factors that influence people’s disposition:

  • Sleep quality – The duration and efficiency of sleep are essential for people to face the day with the right energy and attention. Sleeping more and waking up later than usual were associated with better alertness.
  • Physical exercise – The amount of physical activity performed by the participants also influenced their willingness to face the next day. Higher levels of movement during the previous day and less physical activity at night were associated with more continuous and less interrupted sleep, which, in turn, defined an increase in mood the next morning.
  • Breakfast – The quality of the participants’ breakfast was also associated with their willingness and ability to concentrate during the day. Patients who ate more carbohydrates during breakfast were in a more alert mood, while those who ate more protein had a lower mood.

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Blood sugar levels after breakfast were also associated with mood. A lower blood glucose response improved disposition. That is, choosing foods whose sugar release is slower contribute to a better disposition.

“Our results reveal a set of key factors associated with alertness that, for the most part, are not fixed. Rather, most factors associated with disposition are modifiable and therefore allow for behavioral interventions to be made,” wrote Raphael Vallat, lead author of the study, in the article published in the journal Nature Communications🇧🇷

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