The benefits of an Early Riser: 15 Reasons waking up early can improve your life

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Yes! Waking up early can be a real struggle.

But are there actual recognisable benefits to waking up early?

Apparently so.

Early risers, rejoice!

 

The benefits of an Early Riser: 15 Reasons waking up early can improve your life

 

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

15 Reasons waking up early can improve your life

 

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

15 Reasons waking up early can improve your life

 

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!

 

 

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22 Comments
  • Prisca
    February 21, 2017

    Thanks for the tips dear, very insightful. I have always had struggles being an early bird. but with this helpful tips, I’ll try so hard to readjust.

  • kai
    February 21, 2017

    Phewww in sure you had me in mind talking about the owls lol. I’ll try this from next week and see how it goes, good advice.

  • kai
    February 21, 2017

    Phewww I’m ure you had me in mind talking about the owls lol. I’ll try this from next week and see how it goes, good advice.

  • Lara
    February 21, 2017

    Errmm….I’m a night person, I prefer to do everything at night before for going to bed. I so love the morning sleep though I’m trying to adjust but it’s not so easy. You snooze, you lose. Good one!

  • Runo
    February 21, 2017

    Love love this post

  • Sochi
    February 22, 2017

    Very inspiring and insightful post. Well i’m a part of #TeamEarlyBirds ; thanks to Lagos traffic which I try to beat every morning, considering the fact that i live on the mainland and work on the island. Although on weekends, I try to spend an extra hour or two in bed to make up for the week days’ early rising – the temptation to snooze my alarm is just always too tempting to resist! :D. Nice one as always Tega. Have a beautiful day ahead *hugs*

    • Tega Enai
      February 22, 2017

      Menh that early morning Lagos traffic will drain all your energy even before you start your day. So on weekends you can sleep in. lol that’s why I set my alarm 30mins earlier. Thanks hun 😘😘😘

  • Zaene
    February 22, 2017

    Waking up at 4am? Functioning on only 5 hours of sleep? Girl, you’re the real MVP. I’m not an early riser, but I find that I’m more productive when I loosely follow the same tips while planning my day. Energising, not so brain-tasking activities (e.g. workout) when I wake up, then brain-tasking activities for when I’m more alert.

    A girl has an 8-6 though and ends up sleeping late, so that waking up early is still a real struggle. We’ll get there someday lol!

    • Tega Enai
      February 22, 2017

      Lol. You’d get there! Thanks babe

  • Ada
    February 22, 2017

    You have said it all babe. There are so many benefits that come with being an early riser. Sadly I’m not. But reading this I think I have to be an early riser. I just have to http://www.adagirl.com.ng

    • Tega Enai
      February 22, 2017

      Yes oo… Just start and your system will adjust before you know it

  • Biki
    February 24, 2017

    Guuuurl, you preachn’ to the choir. In my late teens I peaked after midnight but then my body clock did a 360 as I got older. Now I feel my most alert, positive, get my best ideas and feel the most energetic in the morning so I try and get as much as I can then. I love to wake up early! Have a good weekend luv! ( :

  • Tochi Mmajieke
    February 24, 2017

    Tbh that early to bed early to rise thing doesn’t work for me. Normally I wake 4 am work or No work but of resent I have become lazy only God knows why. I am a photographer tho I don’t get jobs that often but which 3ver way I still have one or 2 projects to do. Clients can be so pestering someone you took pictures 15mins ago is already calling asking for professional pictures…and they will be so demanding and impatient 😒😒 so I use mostly my nights editing. Sometimes I finish 4am sleep 45min – 1hr.. I dosed off while driving home 2days ago 😂 😂 most times in public buses

    • Tega Enai
      March 1, 2017

      lmao… abeg if you’re sleepy just park by the road side sleep. And if you’re in a public bus and you sleep pass your bus stop… O well! OYO ooo… lol

  • Adeola Adeyemo
    March 1, 2017

    I definitely agree with this. I’m usually at my most productive level in the mornings so I do most of my most demanding jobs then. Waking up early just sets the tone for a good day. Thanks for this post!
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  • Afia
    March 23, 2017

    Thanks for this information it has blessed me.but something is bothering me,I thought every adult needs about 6-8hours of sleep,having 5hrs of sleep is not that healthy.we also need good amount of sleep.correct me if I’m wrong

    • Tega Enai
      March 25, 2017

      I know it’s not very healthy. Most nights I sleep earlier than 11pm so I can at least get more than 6hours of sleep. So you’re very right

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