Waking up is the worst part of the day, and we’d like to have a stern conversation with anyone who says that they can wake up with ease in the morning. Yes, that’s the case even if we wake up at 11am. Because we love sleep so much, we can often try to sleep in for as long as possible, but we’re constantly being told to wake up early. The early bird catches the worm, after all. But what does science really say about waking up early? Is it good for us? Or no?
You might become more successful
Most of us spend our whole lives dreaming of the day that we can say “I’ve made it.” We all want to be successful, but it’s always hard to know how to become this vision of success. Apparently, waking up early could do the trick. Christopher Randler, who works at the University of Education in Heidelberg, has actually noted that those who wake up earlier tend to achieve better test scores at school, and this then works its way into their adult life. They may obtain better jobs and more success in the business world. This is largely because those who wake up in the morning are more proactive, as they are ready to start the day.
You might be healthier
If you decide to lay in and have a few extra hours in bed, do you have breakfast? There’s a high chance that you don’t. Although most of us laugh off the phrase that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” those who have breakfast in the morning do tend to be healthier. This is because they are energized for the rest of the day, but also because they fill their stomachs before a day of work. If you don’t do this and skip breakfast, you may find yourself snacking on unhealthy options and piling on the pounds.
You might be less stressed
If you wake up just 20 minutes before you’re due to leave work because you want those extra few minutes in bed, you might think of yourself as a winner. You cheated the system, right? Well, not quite. Although you may have had a bit more time in your cozy bed, you may actually become more stressed. As you scrabble around for the right clothes, matching shoes, and all of the items you need to take to work, your heart rate rises – and so do your stress levels. However, if you wake up two hours before you’re due to leave, you can afford to go at a leisurely pace and keep those stress levels in check.
The thought of waking up early is not something that fills us with joy. We all want to reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and waking up early seems completely contradictory. However, it seems as though waking up early could be beneficial to a productive and healthy life. It’s not just us who say that, because science agrees!