For many people, It’s not easy to get out of bed earlier than is absolutely necessary. But by laying in bed they are forgoing many benefits that being an early riser can bring, you could say the early bird does indeed catch the worm. Being an early riser allows you to get your day off on the right foot and enjoy additional career, health, and psychological benefits as a result. If you do decide to become an early riser, the key is to ensure that you use the extra time wisely.
10 Advantages of Being an Early Riser
- You start the day on your terms. Imagine getting out of bed and having time to do whatever you please before you have to get ready for work. Most of us roll out of bed at the last possible minute and rush around until we arrive at work five minutes late.
- You have peace and quiet. The kids are asleep, your partner is snoring. no one is bouncing a ball against the side of the house, and the TV isn’t making any noise. When else do you have this same level of serenity? At night, you’re too exhausted to enjoy it.
- You can get more work done. An extra hour of work each morning can make the rest of the day go more smoothly. You could clean up the house or prepare for a day at the office, if you work for yourself perhaps spend an hour a day working on your business rather than in it.
- You can enjoy the sunrise. It’s a spectacular sight. Being an early riser allows you to witness it firsthand.
- You have time to pray or meditate. You can start your day on a positive note and create a good frame of mind for the rest of the day. The early morning is the perfect time to pray or meditate. Notice how much better your day goes when you partake in this morning activity.
- You can get in shape. Many people go to the gym or exercise after a full days work, and are often too tired to enjoy the full benefits of doing so even if they make it to the gym. If you get up early, you can grab your running shoes and head out the door. If running isn’t your thing, perform yoga on the living room floor. A treadmill in front of the morning news can work well, too.
- Studies have shown the early risers eat less. If you sleep late, you likely eat twice as much fast food as early risers. Those that stay up late have been shown to have higher BMIs on the average. Get out of bed earlier and be healthier.
- Indulge in a hobby. Whether you like to read, do needle point, or play the violin, the morning can be a great time to enjoy yourself.
- There’s less traffic. Everyone is on the road at 7:30AM. You can already be at the office and taking care of business by then. You might even be able to leave early and avoid the evening rush hour.
- You’ll get better grades. In a study carried out at Texas University, it was discovered that early birds had an average grade point average (GPA) a full point higher than that of night owls. Your parents will be proud.
Are you convinced enough to become an early riser? If you’ve been very consistent with your bedtime and wake time, your body has become used to that schedule. Consider going to bed and waking up just five minutes earlier for the first few days. Then work another five minutes into your schedule. Continue the process until you’ve reached your objective.
By doing this you will discover that utilizing the early morning hours can be very beneficial allowing you to enjoy health, personal, and career advantages by becoming an early riser. Get out of bed and take control of your morning. You’ll be pleased with the results.
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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor.