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Top 4 Tips to Help Early-Morning Risers Power Up the Day

Waking up early can lead to a world of opportunity—but where do you find the energy?


Whether you’re hitting the gym, sending your kids off to school, meeting a work deadline or just dealing with an eager internal clock, the following tips will help:


1. Refrain from hitting the snooze button. “When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting, so it is of poor quality,” says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona. Rather, move the alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you have to actually stand up to turn it off.


2. Eat a quick, hearty breakfast. Studies show the advantages of eating breakfast are numerous, including promoting productivity during the day. However, according to a study conducted by global polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, although nearly 85 percent of Americans believe breakfast is important, just over half say they choose to skip it because they don’t have enough time, would rather sleep in or don’t like preparing it.


If the last is the case, you might want to consider quick and easy options, such as Hormel Compleats breakfast ( Ready in just one minute, the line offers the great taste of familiar, hearty breakfast staples, like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Bacon Breakfast Scramble. Select varieties contain 17-20 grams of protein per serving.


3. Power up with protein. According to, eggs—and even bacon—can be effective breakfast options to give your body the energy it needs to get through the day. This is why two of the Compleats varieties feature eggs, which are packed with protein.


“Eggs are a great source of nutrients,” said Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center. “Just one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants.”


If you are a night owl by nature, but want to start your day sooner, start gradually moving your bedtime earlier. The most productive early birds aren’t sleep deprived. As Benjamin Franklin noted, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

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Taken on May 27, 2009