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8 Momentous Reasons to Wake Up Early

It has become common knowledge that successful people are early risers. Although, no one can guarantee that getting up early will necessarily make you successful, there are some sound reasons why successful people choose to wake up before the sunrise.“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.” ~Robert Brault

It has become common knowledge that successful people are early risers. Although, no one can guarantee that getting up early will necessarily make you successful, there are some sound reasons why successful people choose to wake up before the sunrise.

Here are eight reasons to wake up early:

1. Mindful start of the day

The first 15 minutes after you wake up set the mood and the pace for the whole day. If you jump out of bed thinking, “OMG! I’m late!” or immediately start mulling over all the problems that you have to solve today, it probably means that you are not starting your day on the right foot. Waking up early actually gives you time to become conscious of your surroundings, stretch your body, smile to yourself, listen to some great music, and truly feel how blessed you are, because you have been given the opportunity to live another day and make it wonderful.

2. More free time

It is as simple as that – if you wake up 2-3 hours earlier, you get majority of the tasks on your to-do list done by noon. It means that you do not have to stay late after work to finish your projects. You can get home earlier and spend quality time with your family. Or if you do not feel like starting your day with work, you can still use those 2 precious extra hours to meditate, work out, pursue a hobby, cook yourself a delicious breakfast or plan out your day. In any case you expand your free time!

3. Important health benefits

Besides obvious benefits of rising early like having plenty of time to do a quick work out, or eating a healthy balanced breakfast (instead of skipping it), there are other interesting discoveries made in this area. A study conducted of college students conducted by Wilse B. Webb, Ph.D., and Michael H. Bonnet, Ph.D., of the University of Florida demonstrated that “larks (or early risers) reported waking up feeling more rested”, having “fewer worries” and getting more “adequate sleep”. They also awakened feeling physically better than “owls” (late risers).

4. High happiness level

I have a personal theory that the majority of people who love to sleep till noon simply cannot think of any exciting activities that they want to do. Their priority is to stay in bed just a few hours longer, before reality hits them hard with its traffic jams, urgent deadlines, bills. When you are happy to greet the coming day, enthusiastic about something or motivated to succeed, you do not need to snooze your alarm clock twice. Therefore, if you are not a morning person, ask yourself why? Maybe you simply cannot think of anything that you would like to do with an extra 2 or 3 hours?

5. Opportunity for personal and spiritual growth

The author of the best-selling book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” Robin Sharma calls the time right before the sunrise “Holy Hour”. In Ayurveda the time between 4 and 6 a.m. is known as Brahma Muhurta or “Time of God”. It is believed that during this period the mind can easily concentrate on meditation, prayers, life goals or any other activities linked to your personal growth. Fascinatingly enough, the latest studies seem to endorse this ancient Vedic knowledge. It has been discovered that the Earth sets up extremely low frequency (ELF) waves in the atmosphere shortly before sunrise, of the same frequency (10 Hz) as the brain in a meditation state. If you still have doubts, try it for yourself!

6. Better opportunities

There is a common stereotype that people who go to bed late are leading exhilarating, intense and sometimes crazy social life. They can relax at late night parties, go to dancing clubs, stay up late with friends all night watching movies and eating pizza while “larks” are already in bed sound asleep. This may be true. Early risers might be missing out on late-night entertainment, but they compensate for it by having a distinct advantage in most of the important daytime activities like business meetings, job interviews, classes, seminars, and work appointments.

7. Best time to get great ideas

You rarely get brilliant ideas in the middle of a busy working day. Quite the opposite, psychological studies report that our creativity is the highest when our mind is relaxed and we are not forcing ourselves to come up with the right solutions. In my case, I get my best creative ideas when I am taking a shower, strolling with no purpose in mind, doing yoga or meditating. And I am not the only one. Many famous writers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs find the early hours of the day the best time for hatching new ideas and unexpected solutions.

8. Increased productivity

If you have ever woken up at 5 a.m. (or gone to bed at this time) you know what I mean when I say “peace and quiet”. This distraction free atmosphere is the main reason why more and more people prefer to work early in the mornings or late at night ( i.e. when the rest of civilization is sleeping).

For me 6 to 9 a.m. is my most productive time. This is the time I set aside for writing, brainstorming or working on my most important projects. Up until 2 years ago I would have told you that I am at my productive best when I work late. Inspiration would usually hit after everyone else in my family was sleeping and I would be working furiously through the night, demonstrating miracles of productivity. Now looking back I can tell you that while I could easily enter into the state of “flow” at 11 p.m. I had to pay for my productivity with insomnia, strained eyes, neck ache and low energy levels the following day. Think about it… If you wake up feeling drowsy and tired, because you stayed up till 4 a.m. maybe you should consider adjusting your work schedule?

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whately

49 Comments
  • parul
    February 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hey Arina, I read ur blog on waking early and I just loved it! You know what? most of these facts are well known to most of the people (including me), yet they choose to be the owls..I am also same as you were 2 yrs ago..but I remember the times when I used to wake up really early…they were amongst my happiest and most cheerful days..and for no special reason..Thanks for reminding it all to me! Larks are alwz better than owls!

  • Jaclyn Reynolds
    February 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I’m currently a night owl but I’m inspired to change. What a great thing to focus on for 2010.

  • Jayesh Gala
    February 19, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Yes ! creative ideas come most in early mornings.

  • Krupa Panchal
    February 19, 2010 at 4:01 am

    its wonderful to read this!!!!!!!it was so refreshing as i red this in the morning itself.n i agree to this article completely as i m a follower of this on my regular basis.

  • Thandokazi Mqulo
    February 19, 2010 at 4:21 am

    These r true can i hv a copie of thm plz…snd me an email

  • Abayomi Idowu
    February 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Nice one.pls i will want 2 read more of it.

  • Abys Yomi Brown
    February 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Nice one.pls i will want 2 read more of it.

  • Jero Omare-ogah
    February 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

    if u wake up late consistently , u are likely to be an unsuccessful person

  • Sandeep Tyagi
    February 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

    nice…

  • Falak Rahman
    February 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    vry useful notes 4 evry one..i'll try to getup early in d mornigbcz m 'nt n early riser..

  • Konstantin
    February 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    It`s been no secret for thousands years that phisiologically speaking early hours bring brain cells activation because of solar rays which empower energy. In a nutshell it`s all biochemistry… Yet some young lady wishes to make a talkshow of it. Why not? The more so mommies are so many in the web nowadays… Come on! Approved!

  • Morris Ataifo
    February 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    u maybe right, its going to be a debate i love to squabble someday

  • Holayemi Emmanuel Hadehsoji
    February 20, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Great writting and thinking. Will try and adjust my time to work better. Thks. Need a copy via email

  • Yatish
    February 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Yes Arina I completely agree with you. few years ago my freind told me to wake up early in morning and start your day. I found complete deference. from then I started waking up early.& up to 1 P.M. I complete my maximum work. it’s good habit. everyone should follow it.

  • Olayemi Emmanuel Adesoji
    February 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Great writting and thinking. Will try and adjust my time to work better. Thks. Need a copy via email

  • Karen
    February 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Very useful reasons to get up early, Arina. I have definitely noticed an increase in my productivity by getting up earlier in the morning. I had a 31 Day Challenge in January and this was one of the daily challenges that I was able to complete and stick with. The results are worth it. It’s all a matter of deciding to get up early and you’ll do it. Keep doing it the next day and the next day and soon you’ll have a great new habit for life. Life is too short to be sleeping it away.

    Karen

  • John Issosickofthisshit
    February 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I use to be a night owl as well…..Now I am a lark and have been for awhile now. 😀

  • John Huynh
    February 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I use to be a night owl as well…..Now I am a lark and have been for awhile now. 😀

  • Frederick Ke
    February 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Yes. You are right!

  • Michael Meyer
    March 12, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hi Arina – thanks for the daily e-mail.

    I am going to try the early morning thing – I normally work untill 3 – 4 am – but can’t get moving in the morning. So – I will try earlier nights, and early wake-ups to increase my productivity.

  • Don Kimrey
    March 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Found you while I was scouring around the internet. Robert Brault has become one of my favorite people/writers and I just tracked back to your site because you’d quoted him. I really enjoy what you say and the manner in which you say it. Very practical. Very wise. Enjoyable. I’ll visit again! Keep up your good work. Don Kimrey

  • Trevor Mason
    May 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Arina,

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    Trevor Mason

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