Do you find yourself repeatedly hitting snooze on your alarm until you’re late every morning? You now find yourself stressing and racing against the clock in an attempt to make up for oversleeping. Your morning has now become a blur and you arrive at work feeling exhausted before your day has even begun.
Replaying this exact scenario every morning hinders your productivity and success! The way you begin your morning sets the tone for the remainder of the day. The actions you take from the minute you wake up can be the reason you may find yourself needing more than two cups of coffee just to make it through the afternoon.
We’ve compiled 4 reasons why you should be getting up early in the morning. (Just in case you needed a little motivation.)
Your sleep and health are intertwined. Better sleep means better health and vice versa. If people need to be up early they tend to go to bed earlier, which means they are most likely to get the 7-9 hours of recommended sleep each night. Early risers also tend to be more relaxed and less stressed.
An adequate sleep schedule leads towards better physical and mental health. Better sleep has also been linked with a decrease in the risk of developing chronic health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Sustain a healthy diet
People that eat a good, nutritious breakfast in the morning tend to eat better throughout the day. Starting your day with a meal rich in nutrients helps avoid overeating later on in the day. It also helps you avoid grabbing a quick (often unhealthy) bite out the door or on the way to work.
Breakfast can be as simple as a bowl of oatmeal, frying an egg or grabbing a yogurt. You can also try one of these quick and easy recipes for busy mornings.
Be more productive
There’s truth to the saying the early bird gets the worm, which is why those who wake up earlier tend to be more productive. Your brain is more alert and attentive early in the morning, making it the ideal time to get yourself organized for the day and begin your tasks. Starting your day early means your day can end early giving you more time to relax and the option of getting to bed sooner!
Have you ever noticed that morning people tend to be happier than night owls? That’s because research has shown that waking up early in the morning puts you in a feel-good mood. You’re happier and more relaxed than your peers. Waking up early in the morning also allows you time to meditate and set yourself up for a positive day.
Ten minutes of meditation in the morning can give you a brighter, more positive outlook on life as you prepare for your day!