Are morning people born or made? Regardless of how they get there, there is a high correlation between success and rising early. Your productivity will almost always be higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. You may also notice a feeling of well-being
There are two main types of sleep patterns. One says you should go to bed and get up at the same times every day. You try to sleep the same hours each night. This suits the predictability of our schedules. This should also give us adequate rest. The other type of sleep pattern says you should listen to your bodys needs and go to bed when youre tired and rise when you naturally wake up. This approach is rooted in biology. Our bodies should know how much rest we need.
Both sleep patterns are wrong if you are concerned about productivity. Heres why:
If you sleep set hours, youll sometimes go to bed when you arent tired. If it takes more than 10 minutes to fall asleep each night, you arent sleepy enough. You are wasting time lying in bed awake. This type of sleep pattern also assumes you need the same amount of sleep every night. This assumption is false. Your sleep needs can vary from day to day.
If you sleep based on what your body tells you, youll probably be sleeping more than you need sometimes much more (10-15 hours/week). It is difficult to keep a schedule if youre not waking early enough. Our natural rhythms are not always aligned with the 24 hour clock, so sleep times may drift
The optimal solution appears to be a combination of both approaches. Its probably a habit for many early risers. The solution is to go to bed when youre tired and get up at a fixed time every morning (7 days a week). Your bedtime may vary, but you get up at the same time every day. Do this for 30 days straight to lock in the habit. Its okay to sleep in late now and then if you need to. If you stay up until 3am, you probably wont want to get up at 5 am. Return to your regular schedule the following night.
If you hit the snooze button a lot in the mornings, place your alarm clock across the room from the bed. Make yourself get up. If you cant get yourself out of bed when your alarm goes off, this is probably due to a lack of self-discipline.
If you find it difficult to fall asleep at first, keep with it. Get up and stay awake for awhile. Resist sleep until youre tired and then get up at the scheduled time. You may be tired that first day from getting up too early and getting only a few hours of sleep the whole night, but youll get through the day and will want to go to bed earlier that second night. After a few days, youll settle into a pattern of going to bed at roughly the same time. Once the habit is established, it will be subconscious. Your body will determine what time to go to bed.
The best thing about getting up early is the time you will gain. You will gain about 10-15 hours each week. You could add many things to your schedule exercise, hobbies, volunteer work, a job, reading, etc. Most people also experience an increase of energy when getting up early. They say the energy increase lasts all day, not just in the morning hours. Having time for everything thats important to you may make you feel more balanced and optimistic
Having an extra hour or two a day can greatly influence your well-being. Try some of the following in your extra time:
If you oversleep just 30 minutes a day, thats more than 180 hours a year. If youre at 60 minutes a day, thats 365 hours a year (the equivalent of nine 40-hour weeks). I can think of better things to do with that time than sleep!
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