Many of the great philosophers and millionaires talk about waking up early. There are countless books written about waking up early and it is believed that waking up early promotes wealth, health, success, and mindfulness.
“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” ~ Aristotle (Philosopher)
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Benjamin Franklin
- Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, wakes up at 5:45 a.m.
- Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter & Square, wakes up at 5:30 a.m.
- Andrea Jung, Avon CEO, wakes up at 5:00 a.m.
- Howard Shultz, Starbucks CEO, wakes at 4:30 a.m. and is at the office by 6:00 a.m.
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor, wakes at 4:30 a.m.
- Gary Vanyerchuck, Co-Founder of VaynerMedia, wakes at 6:00 a.m.
Do you see a pattern? Successful people wake up early.
Now, I am not saying I am successful at their level by any means (yet 😉).
But, I love waking up early – the world is silent.
I feel like I am alone, not the sad and lonely feeling, but the strong and independent feeling.
I love to watch the sun start to spread across the land as I sip my hot coffee. Hear the bird’s chirp and the world wake up. I love to watch people begin to stir and start their day.
And a major bonus for waking up early – I get to watch everyone take their puppers for their morning walks! 🐶
7 Benefits of Waking Up Early:
- Reduces Stress – Waking up early reduces stress because you are not rushing to get ready and leave the house. You have time to eat breakfast, read the newspaper, meditate, exercise, and get ready for the day at a leisurely pace rather than a rushed, frustrating, stressful start to the day.
- Self-Care – If you rise with the sun, I’m guessing, you are awake before the rest of your household. This is a perfect time for some self-care. Meditate, read, journal or simply enjoy a hot coffee in your favourite mug in silence. It offers some peaceful time to yourself.
- Productivity – Studies suggest that waking up early increases one’s productivity. Decision making, planning and organizing tasks become easier. Plus, with a few extra hours in the morning, you can get some tasks done that you don’t have to do later, which frees up time, later on, to do what you enjoy.
- Better Sleep Quality – Early risers are usually very dedicated to their internal body clock. They go to bed and get up at the same time every day creating a consistent sleep cycle.
- Creativity – Studies have shown that the prefrontal cortex of the brain (creative brain) is more active in the moments after sleep. The analytical parts of the brain become more active as the day goes on.
- Mindfulness – Starting your day with mindfulness gives you a positive outlook on the day. You start your day with a calm mind, show gratitude throughout the day and one cannot deny the power of watching the sunrise to remind us that we are a tiny speck in this universe. Meditating also gives you an energy boost, therefore, it helps to cut down on the amount of caffeine you need.
- Willpower – We have a limited amount of willpower in a day. Think of an energy bar on a video game. When it’s empty you have to wait a certain amount of time for it to refill. It is the same with willpower, in the morning when we are fresh from sleep our willpower meter is full. Throughout the day our willpower meter goes down until it is emptied.
Disadvantages of Waking Up Early:
- Staying Up Late is Nearly Impossible – This could inhibit your social relationships or you could just find friends who rise early too (go for breakfast or a walk!).
- Nothing is Open – If you are wanting to get some errands done, it is rare for stores to be open early enough to accommodate early birds.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Like this post? Be sure to SHARE it!😀
~ Lacey ~