In our religious scriptures it has been advised to get up before sunrise.’ However, nowadays, we have a bad habit of getting up late in the morning because they are awake till late at night due to constant digital distractions. Staying awake till late at night is bad for health. On the contrary, it is said that ‘early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.’ It means that one who sleeps early and wakes up early is blessed with long life, good health and becomes wealthy.’ 

Here are few benefits of waking up early, which if followed can help you be successful in life.

  1. There are less distractions in the morning. A typical day can get crazy, fast. When everyone else is sleeping, it’s easier to focus.
  2. Exercise gets your blood pumping. Finding time for exercise can make you more productive, yet it’s easy to squeeze out of your schedule. Knock it out first thing in the morning and start the day ready to take on the world.
  3. Successful people are already doing it. Successful people have limited time in their day to accomplish tasks and take personal time, which is why they get an early start. 
  4. You’ll be more productive. A 2008 study discovered that morning people are more proactive. A proactive attitude leads to increased productivity, since you’re not waiting for someone to prod you along.
  5. You will have time for breakfast. A survey from Harvard School of Public Health found skipping out on breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk – making a good breakfast more important than you might think.
  6. You’ll be happier. Research has shown morning people tend to be happier and healthier. Considering the well-documented link between happiness and work performance, it’s easy to see why happier early birds often find themselves flying higher than their late-rising counterparts. 

Have you tried to have a long lasting early morning routine? Have you encountered either of these two challenges? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with your morning routine.

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35 thoughts on “Benefits Of Waking Up Early

    1. I totally agree with you. One very significant benefit of waking up early is reduced stress level. When you rise early, it eliminates the need to rush in the morning. You can then start your day on an optimistic note and such positivity often stays with you throughout the day. Early risers often go to bed early.

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    1. It’s a good time to catchup. We can all achieve so much my waking up early. Getting up early gives you a kick start for the day ahead. Besides allowing you more hours for your work, it also boosts your speed. Studies have suggested that when a person gets up early, he is more energetic and takes lesser time to do a task that would take more time otherwise. He is also more adept in taking better decisions, planning and achieving goals.

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    1. I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, ” Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ “

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  1. Arg… Guilty as charged. Lol. I have always considered myself as a night owl, finishing all my freelance writing tasks and law school readings until the wee hours. Nonetheless, I’d like try this routine soon and see if I’d be as much productive. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey Tina, Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that’s great. There’s no reason to change, especially if you’re happy with it. But for me, switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend. It has helped me in so many ways that I’d never go back.

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    1. Hey Betul, People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day — the rise of the sun. I love how the day slowly gets brighter, when the midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted in incredible colors. I like doing my early morning run during this time, and I look up at the sky as I run and say to the world, “What a glorious day!” Really. I really do that. Corny, I know.

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  2. I too am or was a night owl…but I have been trying to go to bed earlier recently and the change seems to be working. I lack stéréovision, as many more people do ( with strabismus or convergence problems) than know it, but seeing depth in sunrises and “views” in full stéréovision must surely be glorious!

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    1. Hi Phoebe, I am physically awake 4 hours before I begin working which means my brain has simply had more time to pump blood and get working, thus the morning fog has long since lifted. I get a solid hour of quiet time in a dark house to read my bible, pray, read a personal development book, and think. This allows me to focus, reset, and gain clarity and vision for what is going on that day and that week. All without a single distraction. It’s the ultimate warmup.

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    1. I go to bed between 11pm-12am. It takes me some time to put myself to sleep. I do some daily rituals like meditate for 8-10minutes, followed by writing things I am grateful for today in my journal (just 2) and then put myself to sleep saying positive affirmations like I am strong, I am humble, I am loved, I am smart, I am appreciated, I am helpful, I am confident, I am wanted. And then sometimes I set good intentions to something I want done the next day.

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      1. If I go to bed by 11 the earliest I can wake is 6 but I rarely fall asleep till midnight. Alas, then i am up no earlier than 7 am which in my part of the United States is often after dawn…but I find any less sleep than 7 hours and I’m a wreck…I wish I could make do with less, however. For many many years I slept only 4-5 hours but I find as I age I actually need more. Best wishes,

        Phoebe

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      2. If you would believe me when I say what I am about to say, you will be the happiest and strongest person ever. Phoebe, you can train your mind to do anything you want, if you train your mind to believe that you can be refreshed in 6 hours of sleep, believe me you will be. Try meditation, that will relax your nerves and help you sleep faster.

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    1. For a while, I tried and failed–sometimes spectacularly–to wake up early: Those 5 a.m. mornings of bliss were just one of many well-intentioned experiments that usually ended with me hitting the snooze button. But you know what? I’m glad for those failures. If anything, it makes every morning I do wake up right on schedule feel like a big win. And when you win the morning, says Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, you win the day.

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  3. I like that! I could use some new rich. Lol. I used to sleep in all the time…always felt like I was missing out. Good luck with your morning routine:)

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  4. I do believe and understand the benefits of getting up early, but not on my days off. The world had changed and 9 to 5 monday to Friday, has become 9 to…… Some times 6 or seven days a week. And sometimes a little rest does a body and mind good.😴

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    1. A new study from Harvard The study did find that students were better off if they slept during “nighttime” hours, but it defined those hours as 10 pm to 10 am. As Charles Czeisler, M.D., chief of the Sleep and Circadian Disorders Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital told CNN, “The results of this study are not suggesting everybody has to be a goody-two-shoes. So if you go to bed at 2 and get up at 9, that’s fine. You just have to consistently do the same thing.”

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  5. When we lived in Slovenia, Europe, I had to be at work at 7 so you can imagine what my mornings looked like. Now that we’ve moved and I don’t work here, I get up early, exercise, have breakfast with my husband and then start working on my books. And it feels so good.

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    1. Spend even 5, 10, 15 minutes on yourself first thing in the morning – and see what kind of difference it makes. If you are really pressed for time, try to work an audiobook into your commute. I like to listen to podcasts and audiobooks when I get ready in the morning.

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    1. Yes indeed they are. They are a good reminder of how privileged we are to have a life. I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, “Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’”

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