We all know that successful people are early risers, but it can be a challenge to wake up early in the morning when you’re a chronic night owl. Just like early birds experience a burst of energy and creativity in the morning, night owls get their creative juices flowing at night.
While many studies show night owls are as successful as early birds, there are a few benefits of waking up early that only morning people reap on a daily basis.
1. Tackle the tasks without feeling drained
Morning hours are considered as the most productive hours of the day. Start your morning with the hardest tasks and you will easily accomplish the minor ones in the afternoon. This strategy makes morning people more productive during the day and more energized in the evening.
2. Feal gratitude and positivity vibrating through you
Unless you live in a small and peaceful town, you rarely have an opportunity to enjoy some quiet time. Modern lifestyle is fun, hard, noisy and stressful, making it really difficult to find time to cultivate gratitude and nourish positivity. Morning is the perfect time for meditation, reading, painting and writing. It’s the perfect time to rediscover yourself and connect to your center.
3. Get organized
We have tons of things going on at the same time throughout the day, so planning a day during your lunchtime is a surefire way to fail at the end of the day. Of course, there’s another option out there – you can plan your day before bedtime. Sounds smart, but you never know what will happen when you wake up the next morning. Using the morning quiet time to plan and organize the day guarantees a lot of success and less stress.
4. Have your breakfast
Although early risers are guilty of skipping breakfasts, night owls almost never eat the most important meal of the day. It’s hard to fit your breakfast in when you need to rush out the door or when you wake up at noon.
People who have breakfast regularly are a lot healthier than those who skip it. Not only does eating breakfast help to improve overall health, it helps to boost energy and concentration as well as improve memory and mood.
5. Find time to exercise
Let’s be honest: How many of you do exercise during lunch or after a hard work day? Morning exercise is an excellent way to start the day on a good foot and feel accomplished even if you do nothing important throughout the day. It also helps to banish stress, burn fat and improve your appetite for breakfast.
6. Get beauty sleep
Night owls feel like a piñata after the party in the morning. Those puffy, red eyes and dull skin make business women turn to tons of makeup products.
Early risers tend to go to bed before 11 pm and wake up after 5 am, therefore they get their beauty sleep, which happens between 11 pm and 2 am. That’s the major reason why morning people have fewer wrinkles and skin issues.
Instead of paying heaps for expensive anti-aging beauty products, become a morning person. You don’t need money for that.
7. Enjoy life
Night owls are known for their intelligence and creativity, but they’re more likely to suffer from anxiety, chronic fatigue, mood swings, depression and a number of serious mental disorders. Early risers, on the contrary, are more optimistic, grateful and satisfied with their lives. And that’s not me telling, it’s a science.
8. Have more time for the people you love
When you wake up earlier, chances are you accomplish many tasks in the morning – be it cleaning or writing articles. When you head home from the office, you have more free time to spend with your family, friends, or just yourself. No more urgent projects or emails after 7 pm. Life is too short to spend it with your gadgets only.
9. Make your commute suck less
What’s the worst part of commuting? Yep, the crowds. Extroverts are happy. Introverts are angry. Extroverted introverts and introverted extroverts are confused. Every person perceives the crowds in their own way, but if you’re looking to avoid the overcrowded buses and trains, and make your commute suck less, wake up earlier. When your coworkers are rushing to the office feeling irritated and sleepy, you’re heading to the office calm and collected.
According to the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference’s study presented by Dr. Joerg Huber, early risers are healthier and happier than people who go to bed after midnight. They’re able to do their work, daily chores, and other activities faster and have lower stress levels than night owls.
It’s up to you whether to agree with that study or not, but if you feel like you’re not healthy or happy with your nightlife and you hate mornings, maybe it’s time to get into a habit of waking up earlier day by day until you become a chronic early riser.