There is an old saying…”Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!” But is this old saying really true? We’ve done a bit of investigating and here is what we’ve found.
Traits of early risers
- Many successful entrepreneurs are early risers – they usually get up between 4:15 am to 5:30 am. Part of their morning routine includes exercising, having a good breakfast and getting caught up with work. They often use this time to get a head start or take a bit of time for themselves first thing before the business of the day creeps into their lives.
- Early risers are often much happier. Studies show that early risers get to bed early, which means that their sleeping pattern is in sync with the body’s circadian rhythm…and most social activities. By starting early, they are more likely to be able to clear a lot of work off of their plate or delegate other activities. This keeps them happy!
- People who are “larks” (associated with waking up early), shows signs of tiredness as the day goes by and often cope by drinking soda or coffee to keep them up for the rest of the day. Rather would recommend taking a short walk to perk up or maybe having a sparking fruit beverage instead. There are super healthy ways to stay awake!
- Despite the notion that late risers are often associated with laziness, recent studies show that people who are “owls” are also really smart. Take Sir Winston Churchill, as an example, who was know to go to bed at 4 am.
Change your sleep pattern
Chronotype is what determines if you are a morning or an evening person. However, you can change your sleeping pattern and turn into a morning person. Here are a couple of key tips to follow:
- Have a good reason for waking up early – most people have a 9 am to 5 am and to them this is reason enough for waking up at around 6 am. Find yourself a goal for why you should start your day early and that will be a good jumpstart. Maybe you want to devote more time to charity, prepare for an amazing trip or get into shape – you can do it with the extra 20 to 30 minutes you have in the morning.
- Put away any gadgets just before bedtime – most of us would be found guilty of doing this within an hour of going to bed, make sure that you place your phone away from your bed for two reasons: (1) to prevent you from checking your messages or social media profile status update in the wee hours; and (2) if you are using your mobile phone as an alarm, when it goes off you will be forced to stand up to put it on snooze.
- Use lighting – light tells the brain and sends a signal to your body that it is time to wake up and stop the production of melatonin, which is associated with sleeping. Likewise during bedtime, create an environment conducive to sleeping, which will help you to fall asleep easily. Black out curtains anyone?
- Start sleeping early in increments – if your morning starts at 10 am, don’t expect that you will wake up at 5 am during your first day of transitioning. You can be able to adjust with sleeping at most, half an hour earlier than our usual sleeping time. Do this every night until you have reached your goal.