Many people can’t imagine starting their day without a cup of coffee. After all, it’s the best part of waking up, right? But, while we’ve romanticized the idea of the rich aroma and a steaming mug drawing us out of bed, coffee might not be the best choice for your first morning beverage.
You should be sipping water, instead—especially if you sweat at night.
By having a glass of water before you break into your morning joe, you can fight dehydration and really start your day on the right foot.
Night sweats happen for a variety of reasons and if you regularly deal with them, you’re not alone. While they can make it hard to sleep and cause you to wake up feeling gross, night sweats can also dehydrate you.
No matter how much water you lose at night, having a glass before your “typical” morning beverage will help to replenish it.
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If you get especially dehydrated at night, adding electrolytes to your water will make a big difference.
Making sure you have enough water in your body, especially right after waking up, is essential for your overall health and will boost how you feel. Being hydrated makes it easier for nutrients to be delivered to the cells and for organs to function properly. It will also give you an energy boost (pre-caffeine!).
If you tend to lose a lot of water through sweating at night, you can (and should) supplement your water with electrolytes to get a boost of sodium, chloride, and potassium.
There’s nothing wrong with having a cup of coffee, tea, or any other go-to beverage in the morning. But, if you want to make sure you’re fully hydrated to start the day, reach for a glass of water before anything else, and you’ll feel replenished before you officially start your day.