I used to be the stereotypical teenager – going to sleep at 3am after playing my Xbox and watching Family Guy repeats all night, then rolling out of bed for school looking like a zombie in the morning. The only way I’d get my 8 hours would be of a weekend, when I’d sleep in till about 2 in the afternoon.
This really isn’t the way you should be living your life. If you regularly get out of bed any later than 9am, not only are you a lazy bugger – you’re shortchanging yourself out of a huge chunk of the day that can offer you so much benefit. I now regularly wake up far earlier than I did back in my lazy heyday and I’m here today to tell you why you should too.
Getting up early builds extreme willpower. Have you ever tried to wake up at 5am after waking up at 10am the day before? In reality, all you have to do is roll out of bed, stand up and crack on with the day but we all know what sort of obstacles our minds put in the way. There’s the usual “You don’t need to be up for another 3 hours – get some rest” and so on.
Once you’ve learned to fight against these subconscious cues that enter your mind every time you try to wake up early, you will have built a steely mentality that can set you up for success in every endeavour. This willpower can lend itself to building up the courage to take an ice cold shower every morning, acquiring a consistent morning routine & building a solid foundation for everyday success.
Getting up early has been shown to have a carry-over effect to the rest of your day. It can boost your productivity at work. This is mainly due to the fact that your sleep quality improves after every early rise due to your sleep cycle being more attuned to your Circadian Rhythm. This can lead to much better decision making, planning and goals setting skills.
More time in the day
Waking up at 5 or 6am every morning means that you’re getting up to an extra 3 hours every single day to be productive in the morning either before you go to work or school. A lot of people will wake up only when they have to, meaning they rush their mornings and never achieve anything except for washing their balls, running out the front door with a semi-buttered slice of burnt toast and a head full of stress.
Not only do you allow yourself to get a couple of hours of work or study in before the rat race begins, you give yourself an hour or so to get everything prepared for the day, take a cool shower to perk yourself up and clear your head by making a to-do list for the day ahead.
This takes any stress of a hectic morning away and makes sure you get a head start to each and every day God sends. These hours add up – 3 extra hours a day, every day adds up to 1095 extra hours over just one year. Just think how much farther ahead you will be than if you slept in every day. Sounds good doesn’t it?
Improved sleep quality
As I stated before, waking up early syncs your body’s Circadian Rhythm up correctly and vastly improves your sleep quality. Improving your sleep can have so many benefits but the refreshed feeling you gain every morning when you get used to waking up early is one of the greatest motivators you can get.
Improved sleep is also associated with a reduction in all cause mortality, increased testosterone and even improved muscle synthesis. In short, improving your sleep should be on the top of your to-do list and thankfully, getting up early can help you with this.
Waking up with the sunrise is a surefire way to boost your mental health. Having that time in the morning to savour the little things such as watching the sun come up whilst having a cup and coffee can do your mental health the world of good.
It has been shown that taking time out in the morning to sit and let your mind become clear can have a profound effect on depression, stress and anxiety – three of the most common mental health issues affecting people in the modern age.
So what are you waiting for? Start getting up early. Try and set that alarm clock nice ‘n’ early tomorrow morning, give it a few weeks and watch yourself become a better version of you.