“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man, healthy wealthy and wise”- Benjamin Franklin
“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning”- Jonathan Swift
We’ve all been there. Every person reading the post must have at least wished once in a lifetime to wake early in the morning. Though people continue to become night owls, millions including me are advised to wake early in the morning since childhood. The feeling is quite frustrating as who doesn’t want a few more minutes of extra sleep. But to achieve great things in life, one of the prerequisites is sacrifice.
When it’s about waking up early, it’s quite a petty price. If you are to wake early, knowing the benefits can help as they provide the necessary motivation to get started. That said, Great Life Ahead presents you a few tips, mostly backed by scientific research to help you become a morning person.
13 Reasons to Wake Early in the Morning
1. Solitude and Quietude
The morning hours are quite and peaceful, unlike other times of the day. As most people are asleep in the 4 to 6 am slot, you hardly notice any chaos or noise outside. Take advantage of the morning silence and reserve these 2-3 hours for self-development or “ME” time. After everyone is up, spending time with the inner conscious is tough as other commitments take over.
Mental energies are at its peak during the early morning hours, and that said, solitude and quietude help develop habits that last a lifetime. Even if you prefer to stay away from anything “productive,” go outdoors and breathe, which is a great mindfulness practice.
2. Head Start to the Day
Though everyone on the planet gets 24 hours a day, the level of success enjoyed is different. Want to know why? While early risers do meaningful work before 9 am in the morning, the late risers start their day at 10.
Running short of time even before your day has started is an obvious disadvantage which needs a fix. Start rising early, and get the buffer time that you can utilize for activities that you always wished, but never found time.
Mega successful people such as Tim Cook (Apple CEO), Richard Branson (Founder Virgin Group) and Jack Dorsey (CEO, Twitter) are all morning persons. Do we need to say more?
3. High-Quality Sleep
Simply put, you need to sleep early to rise early. When you stay up late; the sleep cycle gets distorted, which in turn impacts the quality of sleep. Not getting enough sleep and trying to wake early does more harm than good as the body requires adequate rest to function properly. When you decide to wake early, you are all set to improve your sleep cycle and get better quality of sleep.
After your sleep cycle gets normal, you will automatically sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Leading studies also suggest that morning people get a better quality of sleep as they train their body to follow a sleep schedule.
4. Less Sleep Inertia
Remember the feeling when you attempt a critical task right after you wake up? You feel groggy, and the mind is unable to collate and process information as it does when fully active. Such a lag or decline in the mental processing or cognitive ability of the brain is called sleep inertia. In a nutshell, the body takes time to recover from the state of sleep to complete alertness.
The process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to two hours, depending on activity levels of an individual and several other factors. Though the phase only lasts for a while, attempting tasks that require alertness or high cognitive ability is inadvisable. Waking up at least 2 hours before your workday starts can help in minimizing the effects of sleep inertia.
5. Better Cardiovascular Health
The 21st century has come up with many technological marvels to improve our life. However, most of us are busier than ever. People gorge on fast food, have no time for exercise and therefore, a poor cardiovascular health and a spike in the number of related diseases. According to Hopkins Medicine, 84 million people in the US alone are living with a cardiovascular disease, and approximately 78 million people are dealing with high blood pressure, which is alarming.
Research results from leading US universities on the sleeping habits of 439, 933 people suggest that the ones who sleep late are more likely to smoke, eat fewer veggies and develop a sedentary lifestyle, thereby leading to poor cardiovascular health. Early risers, on the other hand, showed an increased interest in consuming vegetables and developing an active lifestyle and therefore enjoyed a better cardiovascular health and longevity.
6. Reduced Stress
Morning Stress is a problem that haunts millions around the globe, even before the workday starts. The human body releases cortisol under stress, which is responsible for health issues such as lower immune function, weight gain, cholesterol and heart diseases. When you wake early, you have time to attend to your morning routines, whether it’s getting ready for work or catching the bus for commute.
Not only the stress levels remain under control, but you also feel more energized and motivated for work. Yes, it’s true! A leading research conducted on 1068 adults at Roehampton University suggests these results.
7. Less Distractions
Planning to start a business or become a bestselling author? Doing great things require focus which isn’t possible amid distractions. The early morning hours are free from distractions, and therefore, you can focus on your dreams and goals.
8. Fruitful Exercise Sessions
Performing light to heavy exercise in the morning helps in releasing endorphin, the hormone known to trigger positive feelings in the body. A leading research conducted by Northumbria University also indicate that you can burn 20 percent excess fat if you exercise empty stomach every morning. Many people shift exercise for late evening after the work hours. The body, however, runs out of energy by that time.
Commit to an exercise schedule in the morning, and you will face lesser problems sticking to the regimen. To get started, go for light stretching and then you can gradually do more complex exercises to target specific areas of the body. Yoga and Pranayama also work well to keep your body in good shape and considerably reduce the stress levels.
9. More Time for Breakfast
The breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Late risers, however, often skip the breakfast to reach work on time. If the body is a car, breakfast is the fuel. Needless to say, no car can run without fuel. Skipping breakfast can hamper focus required for several tasks during the day and can also impact food choices. Though you may get away with skipping breakfast, the body would ask for energy a few hours later.
Most people skip breakfast and try to recoup the lost calories with unhealthy snacks such as pizza and burgers. The result is- weight gain. Waking up early can help you follow a simple breakfast schedule.
Healthy Breakfast Options
- Corn Flakes in a bowl of skimmed milk
- Granola Bar
- Fruit Salad
- Vegetable Sandwich
10. Nature Joys
We live in a material world, having more possessions and luxury than our ancestors. Though most people focus too much on building wealth and getting productive, they miss out on what nature offers. People are no longer accustomed to natural light as they spend most of their time under artificial light. For a change, watching the sunrise or the night sky turn blue in the early morning hours can be aesthetically pleasing. While you enjoy the morning light, you can also:
- Go for a short walk or run
- Sit Under a Tree
- Rope Skipping
- Feel the Breeze
11. Dip in Procrastination
Let’s accept the fact. It’s human to procrastinate and leave important work for tomorrow. Though occasional procrastination is OK, regularly putting off tasks is a problem. When you wake early, you gradually become proactive and therefore, less likely to procrastinate. If you are struggling with procrastination, wake early for say, a month or so and see the difference. Even a 2008 research claims that early risers procrastinate less than the night owls. Do comment the results in our comments section for fellow readers. Sharing is caring, Remember?
12. More Academic Success
According to research published on Harvard Business Review, Christopher Sandler, a biologist, shows that waking up early can contribute to academic success. The research also claimed that morning people are better problem solvers than the late counterparts.
13. Clarity in Goal Setting
We all set goals. Right? After all, goals add meaning to our life, which in turn helps to keep us on track. Mornings are the best time to set, act and track your goals. Chart out two or three goals that you want to achieve. Make sure they are realistic or else you will lose the zeal to accomplish them soon. I prefer short term goals rather than long term to be realistic.
As a full-time blogger, I can set a goal to write three blog posts every week. Makes sense? Make one step forward every day to achieve your weekly and monthly goals.A little progress every day adds up to yield big results.
It’s Your Turn Now,
Hope you liked the post. No doubt waking up early can be frustrating at once but once you get into the groove, it happens effortlessly.
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