Waking up is hard work. It’s so tempting to hit the snooze button for just a little more time. But the benefits of rising early morning far outweigh the struggle of getting off the bed and forcing your eyes open to splash some water into it.
Once you do it consistently, even for a short period of time, the benefits of waking up early become so evident that every time you revert back to your old late morning habits, you will genuinely want to get back to rising early again.
I am at my most energetic version at night. I can research and write till 2 am. Being a night owl has a lot of benefits and if your lifestyle allows you to sleep late, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both sleep routines, to choose which suits you best. For me, the advantages of rising early far outweigh the benefits of being a night owl.
Read on to learn the 5 best reasons for waking up early.
1. Rising Early Enhances Your Sleep Quality
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”- Benjamin Franklin
It is advised that to get up early, you need to go to bed early. I find it works better the other way around. Get up early morning no matter what, you will that you are able to go to sleep earlier.
Focusing on the wake-up time, not the bedtime helps to establish a proper sleep routine that improves the quality of your sleep by stabilizing your circadian rhythm. There are many tricks to train yourself to be a morning person.
2. Waking Up Early Increases Your Productivity
You are able to get a lot more things done when you wake up earlier in the morning. Meditate, enjoy the sunrise, exercise, have a healthy breakfast and do your work more efficiently as you are now at your most energetic self, brimming with willpower and confidence. As the day wears on, you will find that your willpower also lags down along with your energy levels.
Research has revealed that early risers tend to be more proactive and are better at planning, setting and achieving goals. You can easily achieve the tasks you set for the early morning as you can work in peace without any distractions or interrupting phone calls.
Finish off all tasks early, relax with your family in the evening and go to bed early. Now that’s called a productive day!
According to a study conducted at Texas University, students who woke up early in the morning to study scored better than those who sat into the night studying and then slept till late morning. The secret behind their success is the improved quality of sleep and the enhanced productivity and energy levels of morning risers.
3. You Get More Time To Exercise When You Wake Up Early
Evening exercise plans often go down the drain as other commitments crop up. You may also feel exhausted after a long and tiring day at work.
Its easier to slot in the extra time for exercising during the early morning hours. You are also less liable to miss your early morning workouts due to other distractions.
A brisk morning walk can really awaken all your senses and snap you out of the grogginess. A morning exercise session instead of tiring you out, actually makes you feel more energized throughout the day.
Waking up early and exercising is a great way to combat lethargy and start your day on the right tone.
4. Enjoy The Quiet Time And Become Mentally Healthier
The way you start your mornings sets the overall tone for the day and ultimately your life. When you wake up early, you can avoid the morning rush and the stress that starts with rushing to office, without a shower or breakfast, figuring out what excuse to tell your boss why you are late again.
Early mornings provide you with the ‘quiet time’ for self observation and decision making. You get the time and the opportunity for meditating, if you wish to do so. Take a walk and watch the sun rise.
Watching a glorious sunrise never fails to start the day on an optimistic tone. Over a period of time, you will be able to notice the incredible increase of positivity and optimism in your life which will change your attitude to life itself.
Night owls despite their fame for creativity and productivity are also known for their tendency towards depression and other psychological problems.
5. Waking Up Early Helps You Build Healthy Eating Habits
Skipping breakfast is all too common in today’s hectic lifestyle. A healthy meal is probably the last thing on a person’s mind while he rolls out of bed and is in a rush to get to the office. Many people say they just don’t feel hungry even if they can find the time to make and eat breakfast.
Not having breakfast is a bad idea as your body has been on a night long fast and it now needs nourishment. You are not only likely to eat unhealthy food at your next opportunity, you are likely to overeat too. Eating a good breakfast adds to the energetic start of the day and it also helps with weight loss as you are less likely to graze on junk food all day long when you have had a filling meal.
Waking up earlier gives you the time to plan and make a healthy breakfast and being active in the early morning hours with exercise and other productive work will definitely help to work up a good appetite.
In the first few days of your early morning waking up attempts, you may find yourself feeling sleepy and grumpy. Don’t give up! As your body gets used to the new routine and rhythm, you will find your energy and productivity levels soaring higher than ever.
Anju Mobin is a certified nutritionist with a 3-year graduate degree in B.Sc. Home Science (Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics). With an additional 4-year graduate degree in Fine Arts (BFA Applied Arts), she combines her passion for advertising with her knowledge of the health industry to create, develop and execute content marketing campaigns for healthcare products. She is the founder and managing editor of the health website fitnesshacks.org.