4 Benefits of Waking Up Earlier

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It's 2019 and hitting the snooze button is so last year. (I have a feeling that I've already lost you... but stay with me!) How is it that we collectively developed such a disdain for the morning? I vote it's time we flipped the script.

The world is so hectic that as soon as you walk out the front door you're bombarded with busy-ness. By gifting yourself longer mornings by waking up earlier, you're empowering yourself to set the tone for your entire day.

Instead of jumping out of bed and into the fray, what if you could wake up slowly? Have time to read or meditate, or even sit down to eat breakfast? I've found that having a morning routine completely changed my attitude toward life. And I've got science and philosophy to back me up and share with you.

Here Are 4 Benefits of Waking Up Earlier

You want to take control of your life and make real, impactful change? Try waking up earlier and see what happens!

1. You'll Stay in Touch with Nature

Technology has made it all too easy for us to stay up well after the sun goes down. Instead of listening to our bodies telling us to go to sleep when the sun goes down, we override that basic instinct with another Netflix episode or mindless Instagram scrolling.

Among other things, this habit disconnects our minds from our bodies. Staying up "past our bedtimes" is a habit loop that bucks our natural instincts and mindfulness practices and keeps us from making the changes we want to see in our lives.

2. It'll Help You Be More Positive

A study found that going to bed and waking up earlier can help you to tamp down negative thought patterns. The subjects who stayed up late and woke up late were more afflicted with compulsion and negative thought patterns than those who went to bed and woke up earlier.

This is also because people who arrange to have time in their morning to dedicate to themselves often engage in "healthy" morning activities like meditation, journaling, or exercise. Combined this leads to more feelings of stability and fewer impacts of anxiety and depression.

3. It's Great for Your Brain's Health

People who wake up early have shown, time and time again, that they have higher rates of productivity, focus, and healthier brain functions than those who go to sleep late or tend to sleep in. This is partly because your brain needs about 8-9 hours of sleep in order to fully recover and reset from each day's tasks.

When your brain stays healthy it allows you to feel like you've "got it." You'll experience less brain fog and distraction and you'll find it easier to learn new things and make connections!

4. Morning People are Successful

Scientists have found that early-risers are typically more proactive. They can anticipate and solve problems, they tend to get better grades in school and they tend to get promoted faster at work. People who wake up early have also reported higher rates of self-confidence and motivation.

Morning people are also generally more successful because they tend to jump right into their day. Mornings are dedicated to organizing, planning, and setting up to-do lists that help to keep them focused throughout the day.

So... How Do You Do It?

Think you want to try making the switch to become more of a morning person? Hooray! I'll warn you: it's not super easy at first, but once your body gets the hang of your new routine it'll be pretty smooth sailing from there. Here are some of my suggestions for becoming a morning person:

  • Set a "screen-free" time at night an hour or so before you go to bed

  • Try going to bed before 10 p.m.

  • Try waking up by 6 a.m.

  • Drink lavender or chamomile tea to make you sleepy

  • Visualize yourself easily getting out of bed in the morning as you fall asleep

  • Make yourself excited for your morning routine

What do you think? Do you have any other tips or tricks for waking up earlier? Let our community know!

Morgan Casavant