Morning people will tell you, “So, basically, my body just naturally wakes up at like 6:00 a.m., even on weekends. It’s like whatever I do, I can’t sleep in, even when I want to.” If you’re like the other third of humanity—the night owls—you’re probably thinking, “Sounds fake, but okay.” Indeed, those morning people are a fascinating species. Though there’s nothing wrong with being a night owl, many people have jobs that require them to be awake early in the morning. Getting up for work early can cause a lot of night owls to do things such as skipping breakfast, or other morning routines, in order to catch a few extra Zs.
Benefits to Being a Morning Person
Just like there are benefits to being a night owl, there are benefits to being a morning person. Studies have shown that early risers are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, be proactive, experience success at work and school, experience higher levels of happiness, and exercise consistently. But the benefits of being a morning person don’t stop at being more likely to have a healthy lifestyle. Corporate jobs notoriously favor morning people. Today, it isn’t uncommon for an employee to be expected to begin working by 7:00 a.m.. Though many Americans are lucky enough to have a job that starts at 9:00 a.m., once you factor in the commute, they still have to be up earlier than many night owls would prefer.
Do What’s Right for You
5:00 a.m. seems to be the earliest socially acceptable time to be awake at. But you don’t have to pull yourself out of a nice warm bed at 5:00 a.m in order to reap the benefits of being a morning person. If you feel as though you could accomplish your ideal morning routine by waking up at 7:00 a.m , then 7:00 a.m. is a great time for you to wake up. There are many people in this world who wake up before 7:00, and there are many people in this world who wake up after noon. Don’t let the routines of others influence you too much; just do what’s right for you.
Find Your Reason Why
Waking up early, especially when you don’t technically have to, requires monumental self-discipline from a lot of people. Many night owls find success with waking up early when they have a good reason for doing so. For example, you may decide to wake up an hour earlier so you have time to make a healthy breakfast. Or, you may decide that you really love being able to take your time when getting ready for work. Whatever your reasons are, make sure that you do have reasons for getting up so much earlier. It’s going to be difficult not to go back to bed if you’re sitting there, awake, thinking, “Wow, what am I going to do with all this extra time?”
Create a Morning Routine
Creating a morning routine can help motivate you to stay awake after your alarm clock goes off. Similar to having your reasons for getting up earlier, you know exactly what to do when you get out of bed—you won’t be sitting there wondering why you shouldn’t just go back to sleep for another hour. Also, having a good morning routine can help you manage your stress levels and proactively plan for the day ahead of you. Most people have reasons for getting up earlier that include getting a few extra things done in the morning. Having an established morning routine can further help ensure that you get your morning to-do list done, or really make time for all those ideal self-care plans you’ve read about.
Becoming the Best You
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