The Surprising Benefits of Waking up Early

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Is there any benefits to waking up early? The question should be “Is there any surprising benefits to waking up early?” You know is there any benefits to waking up early period? It can be argued that waking up at the crack of dawn gives one more time to be productive. Or it gives a person more space to get their morning preparations out of the way so they can get to work on time. Let’s say you have a passionate hobby to like to spend time on. Then getting up early would give you more time to engage in that hobby. What about the reverse perspective? If you are a night owl and you go to bed at  the wee hours of the morning;are you going to find any benefit from waking up early after only getting a couple hours of sleep? We could carry this debate on all day so let us focus on the amazing benefits of waking up early.  

Sweet Peace

Peace

First of all, you will wake up and there will be no kids making noise, no car noises, no other distractions happening at that time in the morning. You will be alone with your thoughts. The environment will be quiet, still and very peaceful. You will have time to think about your day and arrange how you will conduct your day. You can organize your day in peace and set the day in motion in a relaxed tone. Instead of waiting until the last moment and rushing through the morning routine and rushing to work. You will be uptight, distracted and in too much of a hurry. Your day will go much more orderly if you wake up early and start the journey out in quiet and peace. Plus you will be much more productive when you are calm and focused mood. Needless to say you will have time to do more things.

Productivity Extraordinaire

Productivity

The next benefit is you will be much more productive. You will be working as other are sleeping the early morning hours away. You will have quiet with no distractions or conversations with other family members; then you can get some real work done because you will be focused on the work at hand. Your attention will be 100% on the task at hand. You will be able to get so much done.

Your next benefit is you will start the day off in a very positive manner. Get up early in the morning and start the day off doing something you like to do. You can exercise or read your favorite book maybe even catch a movie. A good plan would be to eat some breakfast this way you start the day off in a very good manner. This will no doubt set your day in a positive light as you have woke up in plenty of time and set the day in an easy going manner. You probably know from experience that if you just hop out of bed and run to work and the  routine you will be in stress mode the rest of the day. The result a stress filled day. Who wants to work in a stressed environment all day?

You will be restored and fresh in the morning if you start the day doing something enjoyable praying, meditating, or embarking on a long brisk walk in the morning. This way you will be in a much healthier frame of mind to start work or deal with family. As opposed to flying into a work day or family day in full fight or flight mode.

Are you Hungry      

Hungry

Let’s face it our days start off much better when we get up early enough to eat breakfast. I don’t mean getting up ten minutes before you have to go to work and throwing down a bowl of cereal or a couple of pop tarts. You know get up maybe an hour or two earlier and have a nice nutritious breakfast like fruit and eggs and relax while you eat it. Then you can cook breakfast for your wife or husband and you all can start the day off in the right direction. Guaranteed your day will go so much better when you head to work on a full stomach. Your concentration will thank you as well. Try rushing through the morning with your stomach growling so loud your neighbors will hear it and  then go and try and work for a full eight hours. You know your mind is thinking about those waffles instead of the million dollar contract the future of the company is depending on. You get my point!

Just Five Minutes a Day  

set some goals

Get up earlier so you can plan out your day or week just take five minutes out of the day to organize your thoughts concerning your day or work. Strategize and set some goals for the day or week. Write down a plan and set out what you want to accomplish that day at work or the week. What do you want to accomplish at work today? If you set in your mind in the morning what you want to do you will already be focused on accomplishing those tasks when you arrive at work. You will feel confident and relaxed knowing exactly what you are going to do for the day. What is better going to work with no idea of what you want to accomplish or having a plan in mind? You tell me the better course of action.

Power the Will   

Power the Will   

It’s been said that will power is a great but limited resource. So supposedly the willpower is the greatest in the morning. This is due to you just had a good night’s sleep and you are energized. Your will power is at it’s best so take advantage of it by waking up earlier. While the rest of the world sleeps you will only have to use your willpower on yourself and not other people which will drain you of energy when that time of the day comes. In the morning you will be making decisions for yourself, breaking old bad habits and starting new fresh habits. The early morning hours are the best time to activate the power of your will to make a critical decision or maybe break a bad habit of smoking.    

Easy Commute

Easy Commute

This is a major benefit of waking up earlier and that is you will make your life on the road a lot easier. You know what I mean. You will hit the freeway, highway, or main boulevard way before the rest of the city is even awake. You will breeze to work in 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes. You will have a nice quick but relaxing drive to work. No people getting mad at you, cutting you off on the freeway or honking their horn at you. You won’t  be in bumper-to-bumper traffic inching along a few inches an hour. Just think no distractions and you will not be caught in rush hour traffic. You will be sitting at the office already producing long before the rest of the company has even woke up to start their morning journeys. How much time you will save just getting up a little bit earlier. Start out easy and set the alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than you normally get up. 15 minutes will give you quite a jump and you will be able to get a lot done in that time. Once you enjoy reaping the benefits of getting up 15 minutes earlier; you will gladly set the alarm for 30 minutes earlier. Before you know it you will be getting up one hour earlier than you did before. Eventually this new found habit will become second nature.

Easy Does it

getting up early in the morning

What do we mean by easy does it? We mean that you should ease into getting up early in the morning. The easiest pattern to follow is to get up earlier in 15 minute increments.  Each day wake up 15 minutes earlier than the previous day until you reach your desired time to get up earlier.  If you find it too easy to push the snooze button then put the block away from your reach. In this way you will have to get up and shut the the alarm off.  The point is once you are up stay up.   

To balance out getting up earlier naturally you should go to bed earlier. Here again go to bed earlier by 15 minute increments. Get up 15 minutes earlier and then you go to bed 15 minutes earlier. You will set up a nice little rhythm for yourself. The main goal is to establish an 8 hour sleeping pattern. Set this goal in mind and stick to it. You just have to put your mind to changing your sleeping patterns or you will never do it.

Motivate Yourself

Motivate Yourself

Give yourself a reason to wake up earlier in the morning. Don’t just start getting up earlier in the morning with no goal or definite purpose in mind.  You know you just wake up get dressed and sit there. What would be the point of that? It’s guaranteed you will lose your motivation to get up early real fast. Get a reason for getting up earlier like to take a long walk or go out to eat breakfast with a trusted friend who will hold you accountable. You will be much more motivated to getting up earlier if you are doing it for a reason you will really look forward to.  

Better Grades

Better Grades

A study in 2008 at the University of Texas found that students who rose early in the morning had better GPA’S than (”night owls”) 3.5 to 2.5 respectively and overall scored better grades in their college work. They also had better career opportunities to choose from. Think about it they got up earlier and produced better grades because they were more alert and they were able to get a lot more focused study done in the early morning when it as peaceful and quiet. You know how noisy and chaotic dorms can get later in the morning when everyone is up. Also, they maintained higher GPA’S which brought them better job opportunities. Companies will look at a candidate more closely who has the higher grades especially if the candidates have no prior working experience.

I’m in Charge

I’m in Charge

Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered  in 2008 that people who got up early in the morning seemed to be more goal focused and proactive in their own careers. They could identify more readily with statements about making things happen in their own lives and setting goals early in life. They were more likely to reach their career objectives and make things happen to their advantage in their chosen careers. They were more likely to take charge of their own careers and direct them in the direction they wanted them to go. Instead of letting other people direct their careers for them. His research also revealed that early risers were more likely to anticipate problems in the business world which always will lead them to be more successful in their careers. If you know there is going to be a problem before hand you will already devise a solution before the problem ever becomes a problem. Who wouldn’t want someone like that on their work team? Being a problem solver is a very valuable asset to have. The company will also value people with problem solving abilities. These kind of people make good leaders. They will also tend to be picked for leadership positions in the company.  

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

As we mentioned earlier in this article people who get up early in the morning will gravitate toward planning out their  goals and organizing those goals days perhaps weeks in advance. What is the advantage to this?  They will know the course their lives will run if everything goes as they planned. They will know what to expect in the future and no event or circumstance whether in life or the workplace will catch them off guard. Let’s face it no one likes to be blind sighted by unplanned circumstances.

Healthier Lifestyles

Healthier Lifestyles

It has been noted that business people who are successful get up earlier in the morning. While their families are sleeping they slip out the door and go exercise. Whether it be a trip to the gym, a long walk, or a long distance bike ride it benefited their lives greatly. It made them sleep better, be in a healthier frame of mind and they are always much more productive than those who don’t exercise. So, get up early and go run or take a jog! You will feel better and be happier. Plus these people have much more energy daily to meet the demands of life and the job.

In Tune with Mother Earth

In Tune with Mother Earth

This is one of those untested and unproven benefits. Sleep experts claim that people who go to bed earlier and get up earlier are in tune with the earth’s circadian rhythms. ( A circadian rhythm is a roughly 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings, including plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria. In a strict sense, circadian rhythms are endogenously generated, although they can be modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature.)  It seems like this particular benefit cannot be researched because their is to practical way to measure this claim by. This assertion may or may not be true. What they are suggesting is that people who get up earlier and go to bed earlier will be in tune with the earth’s internal 24 hour cycle. Maybe these people flow with time better or not it just cannot be defined as an authentic benefit. Is there really any benefit to this?

Mood Enhancers  

Mood Enhancers  

Studies suggest that people who get up earlier in the morning exhibit character traits such as being agreeable, optimistic, satisfaction, and conscientiousness. People who went to bed later and woke up later were identified with creativity, intelligence, depression and being neurotic. These people tend to be more analytical and look at the darker side of life.

The Grand Conclusion

We hope to have gained some insight into the benefits of getting up earlier. There are a lot of successful benefits to be had by getting up a little earlier in the morning. If you decide you would like to reap some of these benefit please follow the suggestions listed above. If this doesn’t sound like it would benefit you that is ok to. But we suggest you try getting up earlier in the morning because the benefits may outweigh the negatives. People who get up earlier seem to be happier, more optimistic and more energetic. They also may produce more at work and they seem to be in a healthier frame of mind than the rest of the population.

You just don’t know if it will work for you until you give it a try. Remember, start out slowly and increase your  increments of getting up earlier by 15 minutes a day. If these increments are not realistic to you than adjust them to whatever will work for your lifestyle. Give it a try you might just like it!

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.