Just the other day my alarm went off at 6am and I half consciously moved my arm and proceeded to topple over everything on my bedside table as I switched off my alarm. I then thought it would be a good idea to close my eyes for just 5 more minutes and then start my day after.
I opened my eyes and looked at my phone.
Damn. I've lost half the day.
Here's why you should not do what I did and attempt, like I am, to start waking up early. It'll be hard at first but I'm sure we'll be able to make it a habit!
1. Better Grades
Texas University study revealed that those that wake up early get better grades because they are more likely to have a healthy sleeping routine and eat breakfast daily.
2. More time
You feel like you have more time in general when you wake up early. Waking up at the crack of dawn leaves you with roughly 16 good hours you could utilise to get more done during the day.
3. No one is awake
In the early hours of the morning, on and before 6am, very few people are awake so you have less distractions. Your friends aren’t on Facebook, the air outside is fresh and it’s the perfect time to disconnect.
- Spend time alone
- Prepare yourself mentally for the day
- Get your morning workout in
4. Quality Sleep
Those that wake up earlier are more likely to establish a good sleep routine. Sleep routines are found to aid natural body clocks so you fall to sleep and wake more naturally.
5. Mental Health
Early risers are found to be more positive and optimistic in life, leading to greater fulfilment. Conversely, late sleepers tend to be more creative, however they are more likely to succumb to depression. Essentially, pulling consecutive all-nighters will not be beneficial in the long run!