“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” -Ben Franklin ….easier said than done, right?
For any of you who know me well, waking up early is something that has NEVER been easy for me. In fact, if I wake up before getting enough rest I feel somewhat sick almost like my body is rejecting waking up and trying to convince me to go back to bed.
But, as I’m sure you know, there are many benefits to waking up early. It’s not that I don’t want to wake up early, trust me I really, really do. But like any new habit, it takes practice to get there. That one day where you punch the snooze over and over will only make the next day even more difficult and so on and so on.
So whether you’re like me and really struggle with getting up and at ’em early in the day, or whether you’re one of those people (I greatly envy) who has no problem waking up early and starting their day with the sun, here are 10 interesting facts that you should know about waking up early.
01. For students, waking up early isn’t just about making it to class on time. In a study conducted by Texas University, those students who identified as “morning people” earned higher GPAs than their “night people” counterparts.
02. You are less likely to be distracted if you get to work before others are awake. It seems logical and yet so often we let our brains convince us that staying in bed in the better option. Start your day with something that requires your full focus and you’re much more likely to get it done than if you started that same task midday.
03. People who wake up early are noted as being more positive and happier than those who rise later. They also report feeling healthier due to their early starts likely due to the fact that their days don’t feel as cramped with end of the day deadlines looming so closely.
04. Early risers are much more likely to use their morning time to organize their thoughts and things for the day. Likely due to this, those early risers are also more likely to be seen as “problem solvers” those those who rise later and tend to jump from one unorganized thought to another.
05. Have you ever been guilty of wishing there was more time in the day? If you said yes, are you also a later riser? Those who wake up early claim that they rarely wish for more time. On the other hand, those who sleep later literally have fewer hours in their day before they need to head to bed again.
06. Early risers tend to make more healthy decisions when it comes to food. This can be broken down in this way: early risers start their day with a good breakfast. A late riser might skip on the breakfast and then, in their hunger, make the easier choice for lunch over the healthiest. Those early risers who had a healthy breakfast and much more likely to eat a smaller and more planned out lunch.
07. You’re much more patient after you first wake up. Our willpower is something that becomes slowly exhausted as the day goes on. So if you wake up early, you’re much more likely to be able to withstand that first frustrating setback in the day.