5 Benefits to Waking Up Early
Are you an early riser in the morning? If not, you should highly consider becoming an early bird. Why? Many studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to waking up earlier. Many of us have to wake up early for work however, this blog is about adding an extra hour to your morning rather than waking up and running out the door. I admit it’s going to be hard at first if you’re not used to it, but if you’re still not convinced check out the benefits below.
Waking up early….
Helps you keep a healthier diet. People that sleep later or wait until the last minute to wake up tend to miss breakfast. Breakfast gives your body the nutrients it needs for energy and focus. If you miss breakfast, you are more likely to overeat in your next meal.
Increases your productivity. Research shows that the most successful people are early risers. Why is this? There are fewer distractions early in the morning so it allows you to get things done without being distracted. After a good night’s sleep, your brain is energized and ready to work hard. Research also shows that early risers are better at making decisions, planning and setting goals.
Gives you overall better mental health. By waking up earlier, you automatically reduce the need to rush out the door in the morning, which reduces stress. Studies have shown that morning people are often more positive and more likely to experience satisfaction in their lives.
Gives you more time to exercise. By exercising first thing in the morning, you are not only being proactive in jump starting your body, it also does not get in the way of social plans after work or being too tired.
Improves your quality of sleep. If you think sleeping in on the weekends to catch up on sleep is helping, it’s actually doing more harm. If you’re an early riser you usually have an established sleep routine which means going to bed earlier. Everyone needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Once you get a routine going you will sleep better which makes it easier to wake up early.
Waking up earlier then your normal time might be hard to do at first, but it helps your overall mental and physical health. So can you start? Check out this article about the “6 AM Challenge” that gives you the steps to waking up earlier.