The sun is rising earlier. The days are getting longer. Naturally, we may find ourselves rising earlier with the sun too. Many of us may not embrace this too well… but did you know that there are quite a few benefits to rising early? We’ve hand-picked our favourites to share with you, so the next time you wake early, your eyes will (hopefully) flutter open with excitement rather than you forcing them open with displeasure.
Healthier Eating Habits
Late sleepers and risers tend to eat almost twice as much fast food and half as less fruits and veggies than their early-rising counterparts, according to a study conducted in 2012. As a result, night owls tend to have a lower BMI than early risers, making early risers the healthier ones in general.
And not only because early risers tend to eat healthier which makes their energy levels higher, but they have more energy due to a regulated sleeping routine. Early risers are more likely to have a healthier sleeping pattern: our bodies experience a relaxing sleep which benefits our physical and mental health. During deeper cycles of sleep, our blood pressure drops, breathing slows, and muscles relax, among other things, which lead to an energised feeling when we wake up in the morning.
Improved Problem-Solving Ability
Due to feeling more energised, your problem solving ability is on-point. By being energised, you automatically become more open to accepting challenges, and it becomes easier for your brain to solve the problems as a result of having good quality sleeps every night.
People who rise early have a tendency of being more cheerful and positive demeanour. A study conducted in 2012 also reported that along with the feeling of happiness, morning people felt healthier too.
Time to Workout
Many of us make promises to ourselves that we’ll hit the gym after work. While some of us do, most simply just don’t have the time, energy or motivation. By waking up earlier and going to the gym, you can cut out that afternoon fatigue, burn more calories, sleep better at night, and feel happier as a result of the endorphins released after a workout.
Improved Mental Health
The tendency to sleep late and suffering from depression have a significant association, according to a 2013 German study. There is also a reduced level of stress when rising earlier, eliminating the need to rush to get things done and head to work on time.
Easier Commute To Work
And, of course, one of the biggest advantages to waking up early is the non-existent traffic. Sometimes a mere 10 minutes can save you an hour in traffic. Sitting in less traffic also ties in directly with being in a better mood (and if you work flexi-time, you can head home slightly earlier. This makes room for more family time and an overall better quality day).
See? Rising early is not all that bad. It positively impacts both your mental and physical health, and affords you extra time to see to other aspects of your life that you end up overlooking more often than you realise.