Let’s be honest, for most people, it’s not easy to get up first thing in the morning, especially when it’s still dark. But a lot of successful people say, “If you win the morning, you win the day.”
People who are successful usually rise early in the morning to maximize productivity. Many people who achieve great things recommend getting up early so they can get a jump start on the day and complete errands or work faster.
The benefits of rising early include improved sleep quality, mental health, and productivity, even for night owls. We look at the benefits of waking up early in our article, and offer advice on how to begin waking up early so you can begin your day on the right foot.
Good Sleep Quality
Regular sleep improves blood pressure, your immune system, brain functions, and mood, as well as repairing your body. A consistent sleep and wake schedule regulates your circadian rhythm and helps you sleep better at night. Waking up early makes going to bed early easier, and keeping consistent sleep and wake times results in deeper sleep at night.
When people have a consistent sleep schedule, they are less tired during the day. On the other hand, individuals who stay up late and wake up late are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders and be fatigued frequently.
Positive Effects on Mood and Mental Health
People who wake up early have more positive thoughts than night owls. Researchers have found that they have a higher level of optimism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and satisfaction with life. Also, early risers are less likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Early risers usually go to bed early as well. If you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, your mind and body are able to heal themselves, resulting in a healthier body and mind.
Getting up early allows you to minimise stress and finish work without being under any additional pressure. With little traffic to make you late, you don’t have to rush anywhere. Take your time instead. Well-rested people are also better at solving problems.
Boosts productivity and efficiency
In the mornings, many early risers make the most of their mornings by setting goals and preparing for the day ahead. It minimizes forgetfulness, especially if you have written your daily plan down. Planning is linked to improved productivity, since you have extra time in the day to complete tasks early or try new things.
Additionally, people are usually more alert in the morning, and quiet mornings give you uninterrupted time to complete your work.
A reduction in dark circles
You can say goodbye to dark circles by waking up early and going to bed earlier so you are not compromising sleep.
It’s because dark circles are caused by puffiness under the eyes. Lack of sleep causes fluid to build up under the eyes.
It takes your brain some time to wake up, which is why we tend to feel groggy and disoriented upon waking up.
While sleep inertia is a normal part of waking up, it can last for about an hour or more, preventing you from concentrating and getting stuff done if you are up and out of the house too quickly.
The earlier you wake up, the better you’ll feel so that you’ll be able to focus.
A person’s night-time habits directly affect how early they wake up in the morning. Avoid alcohol, don’t eat within an hour of going to bed, and don’t look at screens during that time. (I rarely follow this one, but you and I both should.)
Additionally, try to go to bed at about the same time each night. You can’t expect a pleasant early wake-up if your bedtime changes frequently.