Yes! Waking up early can be a real struggle.
But are there actual recognisable benefits to waking up early?
Early risers, rejoice!
Waking up early may seem difficult, especially when the voice inside your head is telling you to stay in the embrace of your warm duvet and cool pillow. Beating that inner voice, however, shows control and discipline and you start the day on a high note. Basically mind over mattress! Waking up early gives you more time in your day and, already awake with a sense of achievement, you are ready to accomplish anything.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise – Benjamin Franklin
Without a doubt, the habit of waking up early has had the biggest impact on my life, it has allowed me to focus several hours on myself and my primary goals, which have an incredible influence on every area of my life.
I don’t have a 9-5 job but I’ve made it a habit to wake up at 3:30-4am every day. Usually, I set my alarm at 3:30am because like every other human I struggle with waking up in the morning. It gives me 3o minutes to snooze the alarm, wrap up any interrupted dream and get myself together. Of recent, I don’t even need my alarm because my system has adjusted to my sleeping pattern.
I don’t know about you but, my brain works more effectively during the first few hours before dawn. So, what do I do during this few hours?
- Have a quiet time and meditate
- Listen to a motivational message (Usually Joel Osteen)
- Check my IG and Facebook (Tbh, this comes first on the list)
- Check my blog statistics
- Respond to emails
- Update my to do list
- Go through my goals
- Write Blog posts (like I am doing atm. It’s 6:51am)
- Catch up with some work – web design mostly
- Go for a jog or to the gym (as the spirit leads because I’ve shamelessly fallen off the wagon again)
- Do some cleaning
What are benefits of waking of early?
#1 Waking up early allows you to enjoy your Quiet time
I love being able to get up, and thank the lord for the wonderful new day and his mercies upon my life. It’s also a time to speak positively into my life, listen and read some motivational messages. Most importantly, a morning quiet time gives an uninterrupted way to connect with God—to develop and strengthen our relationship with Him. The Bible doesn’t specify any particularly beneficial time of day for us to commune with God. Ultimately, our goal is to be in constant communion with Him day and night. However, having your quiet time at the start of your day prepares us for the challenges of the day, ensuring that our mind and affections are set in the right place before we start.
#2 Increased Productivity
On a scale of 1-10, my productivity level is on a 9 during the early hours of the morning. This before any other reason is why I wake up early. I complete a task an hour earlier, I grasp whatever I read and memorise – I kept this routine while in Uni and I can testify to the impact it had on my grades.
So, waking up early increases your productivity because;
- The morning tranquillity is an indescribable bliss.You have quietness, peace and clarity and less distractions in the early hours of the day so you can achieve more with minimal interruptions. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.
- After a good night’s sleep, your brain is charged and ready to work hard. You are at your efficient best and will get things done quicker and better.
- Early risers are also better at making decisions, planning and setting goals.
- You will have more energy to take on the day.
#3 Increased Creativity
You wake up with a fresh mind and sharp brain. Usually, I work on my task of the day that requires greater creativity like writing or designing. Although, I can do any of this during the day but it takes a longer time and many ‘this thing is frustrating my entire existence’ moment. Your best bet is to figure out what works for you and stick to it.
#4 Morning time equals extra work time and accomplish more goals
We early risers are one step ahead of the crowd: calm, collected, and accomplished when everyone else is rushing through their day’s chore. Being an early riser allows you to plan out your day and set goals to get your tasks accomplished. Having a set plan to accomplish that day’s goals prompts you to do your best achieving it. Accomplishing a goal a day promotes a more productive and happier you.
By “morning time equals extra work time,” I really mean “morning time equals extra time to finish the work that you should have done the night before but you procrastinated and didn’t get done.”
#5 Improves your quality of sleep
Waking up early promotes a normal sleep schedule. By going to bed early and waking up early at the same time every day, you’re setting your internal clock to a specific routine – making it easier for you to sleep and wake naturally. Going to bed earlier allows you to be well rested to where you won’t be tired during the day.
So while you may think sleeping in on the weekends to catch up on your sleep is helping you, you’re actually doing more harm to your body in the long run.
Personally, I go to bed at 11pm every night – sometimes earlier. My alarm is set to remind me at 10:45pm that I need to go to bed in the next 15 mins to get a good 5 hours of sleep. This gives me time to wrap everything up and prepare for bed.
#6 Gives you more time to exercise
I can’t explain the laziness that has come upon me, but whenever I decide to take my fitness seriously – I go hard! I use to go to the gym at 5am every morning because at that time, my energy level is high, and I am still motivated: knowing myself, my motivation to workout evaporates as the day goes by. More so, an early morning workout will leave you feeling full of vim and vigor and ready to take on the rest of the day. Besides, it’s a truly satisfying feeling to know you’ve already gotten it out of the way.
#7 Early risers have more discipline rather than motivation
What do all early risers have in common? (Aside from being totally awesome)
They all have discipline.
Waking up early every other day instils discipline in you creating a standard you’re most likely going to maintain throughout the day. It’s a cumulative effect of success building on success. Think of getting out of bed at 5am and accomplishing your first task of the day as a foundation. Every structure needs one. If you want to build something impressive then it’s going to need a strong base, otherwise there will be weakness and eventually everything will come crashing down.
It’s ok to have motivation – In fact having motivation is a necessity. But motivation in most cases does nothing but fill you with false promise and just when you thought you’ve built up a solid relationship…you lose it all.
Motivation comes and goes. Discipline is a habit, and habits stick around.
Other benefits of waking up early includes;
- Eating healthier as you have time to eat breakfast
- Makes you organised
- Makes you smarter
- Reduces stress
- Early risers are more proactive
- You’re 2 steps ahead of everyone else
- Gives you time to discover and improve yourself
- Early birds are happier than night owls
And to sum it all up…
Early birds are more likely to be successful, healthy and happy compared to their night owls. If you want a boost in productivity, health or well being, try waking up early; it may give you the extra edge you need to reach your goals.
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However, if you are already productive and happy, stick to what you know. Mornings aren’t for everybody. But if you are looking for a way to improve your productive and life in general, consider waking up earlier. You never know…it could make a huge difference.
Once you look past the initial drowsiness, waking up early can be very rewarding as you work through the morning frenzy.
Do you wake up early or would you rather sleep in? I’d love to hear more about your sleeping habits!