Today I will be discussing the benefits of waking up early. From brain benefits to relaxation, waking up early is a beneficial part of a productive morning routine. Although it may seem hard to switch from being a night owl to an early bird, once you make the switch you won't regret it! Mornings in the summer are especially a great thing to experience. The morning dew, cool breeze, and quietness are something to truly behold.
I personally was never a morning person growing up. As I get older, I realized I am healthier and way more productive when I have a good sleep schedule and when I wake up relatively earlier. Hating the mornings is commonplace and it's understandable why. Who wants to wake up from their comfy bed to go to work/ school/ do chores? Not many people. But once you change your mindset, you'll begin to love waking up early. The most crucial part of enjoying waking up early is preparing something you're excited about!
So let's get into it!
- More time
The most obvious benefit of waking up early is gaining more time. If you change your wakeup time from 10 am to 6 am, you instantly gain an additional 4 hours of free time to be more productive. This can save you from the "morning rush" that leads people to hate the mornings. If you wake up late every morning and have to rush around to get ready- how can you expect to. I recommend trying to wake up 15 minutes earlier each day before you get to your desired wake-up time. Use this newfound free time to meditate, stretch, do yoga, read a book, enjoy a nutritious breakfast, schedule out your day, exercise, or get ready for the day. You'll find yourself also having more free time in the evening that you spend doing things you love with people you love!
2. Better concentration
Waking up and immediately jumping into your day can cause brain fog and grogginess for the first half of your day. By waking up earlier, you can ease into the day both mentally and physically allowing you to be fully ready to start your day! I remember waking up for high school at 7:45 am when my first class was at 8:15. Needless to say, I was unable to concentrate and truly focus in that class (and it was physics). Reading a book or writing out your daily schedule is a great start to get your brain out of sleep mode and ready for learning/ working!
3. Improve the quality of sleep
Waking up earlier leads to going to bed earlier. How does this improve your quality of sleep? The actual feeling of tiredness should not hit you around midnight- that means your circadian rhythm is complete. Begin rising with sunrise and going to bed at a conservative time. This will allow you to get deeper and higher-quality sleep because your hormones are in line with your environment. If you ever worked consistent night shifts, you can still get a full 7-10 hours of sleep but the quality of sleep is much different from when you work at night versus the morning.
4. Increases organization
Having more time allows you to be more productive and organized. By having more time in the morning, you can use a daily planner and schedule your entire day! I prefer writing a to-do list, appointments, and things that must get done at certain times. I love using a physical daily planner as it helps me remember my task more efficiently and it feels peacefulness. Also, with your morning free time you can physically help your day run more smoothly by making your coffee at home, meal planning for the day, doing laundry, or packing your gym bag. All of these can aid in your days running much more efficiently allowing more time for hobbies and other things.
5. Commute efficiently
Waking up earlier can get you on the road and to your destination. Rush hour in the morning is caused because many professionals and students all start their day around the same day. Getting up a few hours earlier than the general population can help you get that jump start on your day. Avoid the traffic and long coffee lines by setting your alarm a bit earlier.
6. Solitude and sunrise
The morning solitude and sunrise are variably unmatched. When waking up earlier, you have a unique piece of free time that is peaceful, mindful, and relaxing. Using this time to set your intentions for the day is a game-changer. Even if you wake up in a bad mood, you have time to recalibrate yourself and your emotions for the day. Especially if you are in a full house, this time may be one of the few that you have by yourself. Sometimes when you're so busy and always surrounded by people, you can forget to check in with yourself. How have you been feeling? Have you been neglecting your self-care? Are you getting burnt out? This time in solitude is great for self-care, mental health, and physical health.
Sunrise is also a special experience that we take for granted. Expressing gratitude for your life and blessings is another way to appreciate your early mornings.
- Prepare an exciting breakfast
- Play music
- Express gratitude and set intentions for your day
- Plan an outfit you love
- Go outside and enjoy nature
Are you a night owl or early bird? How do you feel you benefit from waking up early? Let me know in the comments below!
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