To easily fall asleep in the night isn’t the only reason to wake up as early as 5 am. There are many essential benefits of waking up early. It offers positive benefits to health, career, lifestyle, and productivity.
Waking up early doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself of sleep. Note that not getting enough sleep at night has its own risk. However, when you sleep on time, waking up early won’t do you any harm.
From recent research and studies, it was found that early risers are more productive. With about 70% of successful being early risers that wake up before the normal working hours.
But most importantly, know that rising early itself won’t automatically transform you to be successful, but it is a sure way to start a successful and productive daily routine. Also, it will benefit you in the long run as far as you have a good reason to wake up early.
Here are 15 good reasons why you should wake up early
- Makes you more productive:
Being productive during the day is the reason behind waking up early. Individuals who did can testify that there is a positive difference in their productivity rate compared to the opposite.
When you wake up early, it gives you more time to put things in order and get the vital things done faster.
This may make no sense to those who work at a particular time frame. This is because they may see no reason to wake up early since they can still do the same thing within the set time.
But for those that work at odd times, waking up early has been one of the determinate factors that lead to an increase in productivity. It also provides you with a good and calm working environment without side distractions.
William Pitt Chatham said, “I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chambers: If you do not rise early, you can make progress in nothing.”
- Gives you quality time
Waking up late can put you in a state of confusion. Such which ranges from confusion about what to wear, appropriate shoe to match the outfit, rushing your bath, skipping breakfast, and rushing out late.
But when you wake you early, it provides you with a quality time to set things alright. In this way, you plan for the day and be punctual to duty.
This, thereby, eliminates unnecessary stress, clumsiness, and worry that come with such “rush hour”.
By Richard Whately, “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”
- Makes you feel better than others
Waking up as early as 5 am, may not offer you an advantage if, at the ending of the day, you achieve the same result as one who wakes by 7 am.
But waking up early will surely make you feel better, gives you that feeling of positivity, being more alert and energized, and this means can justify the end for you.
George Allen, Sr.said“Work hard, stay positive and get up early. It is the best part of the day.”
- Offers a peaceful environment
Some tasks require full concentration, skills, and efficiency. Working during ‘normal working hours’ may not give you the quietness and peace you want for full concentration.
That is why most people choose to wake up as early as 5 am or even before that to enjoy the calmness which makes them concentrate more without any distractions, tackle the tedious and important task.
The calmness that early morning brings is second to none, and when you miss it, you can’t get it at any other time of the day; no matter how isolated you may choose to be.
By Jeff Bezos, “Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.”
- Makes you plan your day accordingly
Waking up early in the morning without any reason as to why you need to wake up won’t benefit you in any way.
But when you are up early, it will not only make you focus on the most important things but also gives you a reason to get your day planned so that you won’t fall out in line.
- Improves good sleeping pattern
Exercise isn’t the only thing that can improve sleep, as many factors can help improve sleep patterns and eliminate insomnia.
When you wake up and engage yourself in activities, by the end of the day, your body would have been tired and need to rest.
Sleeping off would be easier, and when you do so, waking up easy wouldn’t be of much difficult task for you.
Benjamin Franklin, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- When you rise early, you finish early
To sleep early isn’t just the motivation behind rising early, but when you wake up early, it provides you with much time to finish early.
Probably, when others will be starting their day, you are already on the verge of finishing, starting from the important ones to the less tedious task.
Robert Brault, “One key to success is to have lunch at the time of the day most people have breakfast.”
- It makes you unstoppable
No one likes waking up as early as 5 am or maybe earlier when the bed is still warm and comforting and sleeps seems to be at its sweetest.
But being able to deprive yourself of that shows what is ahead really seems far more important.
Waking up early to some people is a difficult task on its own but could be a way to show that you can do anything that can make you succeed.
If you can be able to beat all the hurdles and wake up early, then, nothing can easily stop you.
- It makes you start your day better
Whenever you want to start your day better, relaxed and meet up to the daily demands, then you don’t have to sleep till someone wakes you up.
When you wake up early, it helps you to put things in order according to priority without needing to rush.
For example, a working-class mother can make most of her day less stressful if she wakes up early. In this way, she can attend to the things that matter, do laundering, preparing the kids for school, make food and perform other activities that can’t wait till the end of the day.
- Improves your BMI
Not sleeping enough is bad for health. So, if you intend waking up early, then you sleep early enough.
Weight gain can occur due to sleep deprivation, but recent studies have shown that waking up early affects body weight positively.
From the research, it was made known that early morning light is healthier than the one we are exposed to during the day.
And this early morning light helps to decrease the Body Mass Index otherwise known as BMI.
The benefits are credited to the blue light features of the early morning light, which has a positive effect on the sleep-wake cycle.
- You exercise better
Do you know that early workouts are more beneficial than evening workouts? Evening workout can keep you awake throughout the night but early morning workout will make you even sleep better.
Most people who wake up as early as 5 am – 6 am to do some exercise such as running, walking or even going to the gym. They don’t only do so for the early morning fresh air but because it’s more beneficial to health.
It helps keep you energized throughout the day, improve your mood and sleep pattern, ease any built-up stress and reduces blood pressure better.
Jayne Cox – “it’s easier to wake up early and workout than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.”
- It makes us sleep better
When we sleep and wake up, the sleep-wake cycle signals the brain to follow the same pattern. Then, when it is interrupted, it affects our sleep. This may cause the inability to either sleep well at night or still having the need to sleep when it’s time to wake up.
So, when you develop the habit of sleeping early and waking early, the sleep-wake cycle or the Circadian Rhythm follows the same pattern and helps to signal us that it’s time to sleep and wakeup, even without looking at the time.
So developing this habit helps make us sleep better and also make the brain function well.
- Gives you time for other things
As mentioned in (NO. 7), waking up early will make you finish early, leaving you with enough time to sort other things out which may probably not be work-related.
It gives you time to share some happy moments with your friends, families and loved ones.
- Makes you eat healthier
This may sound weird, but it’s true. Breakfast is the most essential meal of the day because it helps the body to break its fast from last night’s sleep.
It’s so important because it gives us energy by replenishing the glucose in the body, so when we skip breakfast, it affects the body “fasting and eating” pattern and makes your body energy levels low.
So, when you wake up early enough, you can be able to have a better and healthier breakfast than who wakes up late. Thus, you will get more organizes instead of rushing out to work or school, skipping breakfast.
- Improves your mental health
A recent study revealed that sleeping and waking up early tend to eliminate the risks of depression. In comparison to those that sleep and wakes up late, it improved their mental health.
Poor sleep quality was found to be greater among those that have type 2 diabetes of which more than half of them have the tendency of having unstable mental health.
Sleeping early and waking up early affects the body positively more than we can ever imagine. Therefore, to enjoy it, you have to make it a habit and give yourself a reason to wake up early.
It may not be easy at first, but being persistent will reactive your sleep-wake cycle and make you have a healthier sleeping pattern.