Why Being a Morning Person is an Unbelievably Good Idea

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whately

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Do you like waking up in the morning?

Do you like waking up early in the morning?

No?

Well, you should!

Waking up early add enormous benefits to our lives. If used correctly, the extra time in the mornings can help you achieve your goals and feel better all day!

But I know what you’re thinking:

Wait but I sleep in so that I feel better! That sounds backwards

It seems backwards, and it will take a bit of preparing if you’re not already an early riser, but we’ll get to that later.

For now, the benefits (to motivate you to start!):

  • Studies show that early risers are happier, more optimistic people
  • The extra time allows you to “mosey” into the day instead of rushing headlong into people on the road, at work or your commute
  • The extra time also allow you to get something done every day that you’ve been wanting to do – something productive like exercise, work on your degree, or whatever your goals are!
  • Studies also show that humans sleep better earlier in the night versus during the later hours
  • You’ll have time to eat breakfast which also improves mood and health! If you have a family, it also provides an extra opportunity to eat and spend time together

I have naturally been a morning person, however at certain points of my life I have fallen off the bandwagon on this one. I end up “too tired” and hit the snooze a few times or set my alarm later. Which would later lead to setting my alarm later AND hitting snooze…

Which led me to rushing into my morning, skipping breakfast, getting frustrated when things weren’t going smoothly (wheeeere did that pair of purple socks go that I need? I’m late!) and arriving to wherever I was going in a frazzled mess. Not good times.

Easing into the morning, accomplishing something productive, having plenty of time to do everything you need and arriving where you need to be in a calm, confident mood instead of frazzled leads to a better overall quality of life!

If you’re an early riser already, good job and see if it’s early enough or if you’re still rushing as well.

If you’re not an early riser, you’ll have to take some steps to get there (and avoid the crankies):

  1. Figure out what time exactly you want to be waking up in the morning to not rush and do what you want to do
  2. Go to bed earlier (of course). Do this over a period of two weeks though, slowly incrementing your bedtime by 15 minutes until you’ve reaches the point at which you’ll get enough sleep
  3. Start making a goal for your next morning so whatever it is you so, you feel really good afterwards
   

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Comments

  1. We are on the same page! I am a morning person, too.
    For several years I was a consultant. Most people think that is a cushy job, it absolutely is not. I worked a minimum of 12 hours a day, and often more. I had to get up at 4AM in order to have any time for me.
    As an outcome, I learned that I absolutely love the early morning. I don’t always get up at 4AM these days. Sometimes I sleep in till 5! ๐Ÿ™‚ I get twice as much done before noon as I ever get done after.
    I love morning!

  2. Sandeep Gourkanti says:

    Thanks for bringing this issue up. I don’t believe that people are either morning or evening persons. I feel anyone can be a early riser. I like how your post emphasizes that by following the tips you suggested.

    I also like how at the end you mention thinking about a goal for the next day at night. I think it is important to keep things in perspective.

  3. Some good tips on helping people become an early riser. Unfortunately, I’ve never been a morning person. Then again, I’ve always worked the late shift and haven’t really had a chance to try. I do like the idea of getting things done upon waking up. I try not to jump on any social media outlets, email, or consume anything right away. I find I’m much more productive when I just start creating after I wake up.

  4. There is a time of day that I totally love. Early in the morning, around the break of day. But I never get to see it unless I partied till dawn – which has been a long time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s not even that I’m an evening person. I’m not an evening person, nor a morning person. I have trouble getting to sleep at night, and trouble getting up in the morning.

    My main challenge is to get the amount of healthy sleep that I need.

    If my magic wand shows up, I will see the breaking of the day, and enjoy the magic of that moment. I’ll start my day with peace and quiet (yoga, meditation, something nurturing and healthy). I’ll have breakfast after that (now I need it as soon as I wake up). I’m gonna feel balanced and happy before I start communicating with other people, before I start my work, before I get out of the door.

    Mmmm…. nice!

  5. I love the feeling of rising early and getting right to the most important work first. I always feel better when this happens. Every day isn’t this way but I strive to have more days like it than not. You are onto something powerful here. Many people credit their success to getting up early and working on their important (not urgent) tasks before their day begins to fill up with distractions. It takes focus and commitment but I am a big supporter of this process. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the feeling of being out an about early morning but it hasn’t been an ongoing thing for me – I have never been an early riser. Going to bed late, sure not a problem but waking up early has been tough for the most part. But…notice that when there’s something exciting that’s happening I’ll be the first one up and at ’em. I am shuffling things around so the exciting things are the first on my day and that will begin to serve as my own personal alarm clock. Loved the post!

  7. This is me! I love the early morning in fact I normally awake about 5.30/6am each morning because it gives me time to wake up in my own time and start work when new ideas and thoughts are fresh in my mind! I love the quietness of the mornings and I an early to bed kinda gal! So yep I totally see the benefits. Thank you!

  8. As I get older, I am becoming more of a morning person against my wishes! I don’t go to bed any earlier, but I consistently wake up early every day. I need to go to bed sooner since I still seem to need the same amount of sleep. I have found that I enjoy the quiet of the morning now. I like to make myself a press of coffee and get to work while the rest of the household slumbers. It’s peaceful and productive.

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