“The early bird catches the worm,”
This one phrase has so many different scenarios where it can be used. Time and again, I’ve heard this from my father. Most often on my school mornings.
Also, since you’re here, have you ever felt, that on school mornings, work days, you get the best sleep of all time. The same quality sleep can’t be achieved on holidays, regardless of how much weights you lift, running, you do or any such thing.
I HATED waking up in the morning.
But, over the time, as I started working, I realized, there was a link between successful people and early morning. Almost every successful author, business executive or visionary, had the habit of waking up early in the morning.
In my recent blog post, I explained how I changed my habit and became an early riser. In this article, I’ll explain the benefits of waking up early in the morning.
1. You’re high on Productivity
If you have a business, or if you’re self-employed, I’m sure you’d have wanted to squeeze in some more hours in a day to get work done. Some of you might even have compromised on your sleep to get more work hours.
When you wake up early, you’ll have some extra time to work on your projects.
You’d have more time to follow your passion ( writing, blogging, photography, youtube, etc.). Instead of getting to work on them after coming back from school or work, you’d have already get them done before you start the day.
I had been an author of multiple books and managed a couple of blogs while having a regular 9 to 5 Job. At this time I realized, those early mornings worked way better than late nights. Working late night resulted in puffy eyes at the workplace, however, early mornings, resulted in me being pumped up for the rest of the day.
2. Sleep & Good Grades
There seems to be a bit of debate around whether or not waking up early leads to good grades or not. A research unit at Texas university found that students that scored better were early morning people and overall reported to have a better sleep.
NY Times wrote an article claiming that early morning people don’t get good grades. Their main argument was that the first class usually went down the drain since the students still feeling asleep. Waking up in the morning lead to what is referred as Insufficient sleep syndrome.
However, this is only the case if you aren’t getting adequate sleep during the night. Students often wake up late to complete work. Students who get proper sleep and are early birds score better grades (as found by a study in Texas University)
3. You can Sustain a Healthy Diet
Late snoozers often skip their breakfast as they want to get every last wink of sleep. The sleep is valued, which leads to breakfast being skipped. The morning meal is vital for your body as your body needs those necessary does of energy to focus properly.
Your body didn’t consume anything all night, and it needs something to get recharged.
If you skip your morning deal, your body goes into starvation mode. This means next time you consume something; you’ll tend to crave unhealthy foods or overeat.
Your breakfast is the foundation for a healthy body. A heavy breakfast means that you won’t be craving for junk food during the day.
4. Increases Your Productivity
As I mentioned above, the majority of the successful people are early risers. The logic is simple; you wake up early, you have more time, you get more work done.
If you bring up a sentence like spending time on long-term goals of life, an early riser is more likely to agree. So, how does that happen ?
There are almost no distractions in the morning. Fewer distractions mean you can get more work done in less time.
If you have a good night sleep, you are most likely to feel charged and ready to work all day.
Also, people who wake up early are better at setting goals, planning and making decisions.
When you start waking up in the morning, you’ll find it very irritating. But once you do it for a while, you’ll start to get the hang of it.
5. Your Mental Health Increased
A vital benefit that comes with waking up early is how it impacts your mental health. The starting of your day is indeed what sets the tone of rest of your day. When you wake up early in the morning, you begin to reduce the stress in your life. Being an early bird will add an incredible amount of positivity and freshness in your life.
People who wake up early in the morning are optimistic, positive and more likely to feel satisfied. A lot of people who consider themselves night owl might be a little bit more creative, but they’re more likely to fall to psychological problems.
Also, a lot of unnecessary stress is caused when people wake up late and are in a rush to reach the workplace and not get late. If you wake up early, you take charge of your mornings and have better control of the day.
6. Improves Your Quality of Sleep
People who get up early in the morning often have well-established sleep routines. They go to bed early, and a great chance that they sleep at the same time every day. Their body forms a habit of waking up early. When you sleep and wake up at the same time, your body clock is conditioned to get better REM sleep.
Multiple Sleep experts say that it is important to establish a sleep routine to improve the “quality” of sleep. Timing sets the body’s internal clock which makes it easier for you to wake up naturally.
Although some people think that they can compensate for their sleep by sleeping on weekends, but that does more harm to your body in the long run.
7. You Get Ample Quiet Time
Early risers often mention “quiet time” that they enjoy in the morning. By waking up before anyone, you get some ample time just for yourself. You can use this time to set long-term goals, discuss what you’re planning to achieve in the day.
I love having the first couple of hours just for planning the day and thinking about how I want to progress forwards. This is the time that I work on my books.
8. You Become Happy
When you plan to do some tasks in the morning, and you get it done by the end of the day, you’ll feel happy and confident. You’ll feel things are getting brighter and less “heavy.” You’d be able to see the things that most people miss. You’ll learn more, not only about the world but also about yourself.
Overall, you’ll live a healthy and better life.