Health benefits of early risers
“The early morning has gold in its mouth,” said Benjamin Franklin. The analogy by Franklin is by no means long drawn because getting up before the sun has many perks.
Waking up early may seem difficult, especially when the voice inside your head is telling you to stay in the embrace of your warm duvet and cool pillow. Beating that inner voice, however, shows control and discipline and you start the day on a high note. Waking up early gives you more time in your day and, already awake with a sense of achievement, you are ready to accomplish anything.
By waking up early, I don’t mean you have to wake up at 4:30 in the morning or something that doesn’t make sense to you, but wake up 15 minutes earlier than what you used to. If you wake up at 7 usually, wake up at 6:45 and see how much those 15 minutes are going to make a difference. And trust me, once you take those 15 minutes and you’re by yourself and you’re focused on your work or you’re exercising, you’re going to be hooked, and then the next day you’re going to wake up 30 minutes earlier or 1 hour earlier, and you’ll be hooked on the principle.
Following is a list of reasons which will convince you to set your alarm for 6 a.m. tomorrow.
There are fewer distractions in the early hours of the day so you can achieve more with minimal interruptions. After a good night’s sleep, your brain is charged and ready to work hard. You are at your most efficient and will get things done quicker and better. Early risers are also better at making decisions, planning and setting goals. Waking up early may be difficult at first but once you get used to it, you will have more energy to take on the day.
According to studies done within the US and Europe concerning university students, those who rose earlier in the morning scored significantly higher on exams, and consistently kept a higher average GPA than their night owl counterparts. By creating a sleep habit where you rise and wake at similar times each morning, you are also keeping your body in a circadian rhythm. Think of this as an internal clock that cues your body to do certain things at certain times of the day. This rhythmic pattern supports your overall sleep health, an important component that influences how well your brain functions.
One very significant benefit of waking up early is reduced stress level. When you rise early, it eliminates the need to rush in the morning. You can then start your day on an optimistic note and such positivity often stays with you throughout the day.
Better sleep quality
Early risers often go to bed early. Getting up early is not something that should be followed irregularly but it needs to be established as a routine in your life. This translates into better sleep quality as your body’s internal clock adapts to your new sleep routine.
The early risers are one step ahead of the crowd: calm, collected, and accomplished when everyone else is rushing to the office. Getting to your job early shows people you are dedicated and hardworking. When you wake up early, you have more time for planning, strategic thinking and getting organized.
Accomplish more goals
Being an early riser allows you to plan out your day and set goals to get your tasks accomplished. Having a set plan to accomplish that day’s goals mind prompts you to do your best achieving it. Accomplishing a goal a day promotes a more productive and happier you.
More time to exercise
Exercising first thing in the morning doesn’t interfere with work or social plans throughout the day. Morning workouts are less likely to be cancelled when compared to nighttime workouts which are often rescheduled due to last minute plans. There’s nothing like a great workout to boost your day, too. Exercising energizes the body so you’re ready to take on a full day.
You know the old saying “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. It’s true. All of these benefits of waking up early fuse together into one great benefit – the benefit is possibly living a longer, healthier life – free of stress.