Waking Up at 6 AM Daily - Benefits

Alyssa Atkinson

Benefits of becoming an early bird.

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My sleep schedule has been metronomic for years now. Most nights go a little something like this — I get tired, crawl into bed, and I’m out like a light within minutes. I sleep for about eight hours and then wake up full of energy, eager to start my day.

However, it hasn’t always been this way. When I was in college, there were nights when I went to sleep after 11 PM and woke up at 5 AM. While I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, there was even a night when I only slept from about 3 AM to 6 AM (the closest I ever came to pulling an all-nighter). I was a barley functioning human that day.

The thing is, many people have a desire to wake up early, but they don’t know how to make it a habit. In my opinion, the first crucial step to waking up early on a consistent basis is to find a strong reasoning behind why you want to do so in the first place.

Hopefully, these three research backed benefits will be strong enough motivators to encourage you to become an early bird, or at least give it a fair chance. Here they are.

You will prime your mind optimally.

While many people prefer to get up at the last moment they possibly can before heading off to school or work, this practice does not necessarily prime your mind optimally.

This is because it typically takes a few hours after waking up to reach peak wakefulness and alertness.

Getting up early will give your body and mind the time they need to to work in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Plus, giving yourself a little bit of extra time to fully wake up and get ready is a lot more relaxing than always feeling rushed and stressed before you head to work in the morning.

You will set yourself up for this.

Waking up earlier sets you up for success by helping you anticipate problems, stay proactive, and face your issues head on. This can lead to improved job performance, career growth, a higher salary, etc. There are also a number of real-life examples that back up the idea of waking up early, such as large tech CEOs early wake up calls (we're talking even before the sun, like 4 AM).

Now, I’m not saying that we all should be getting up at 4 AM to start our workdays. I’ve been an early riser for years, often waking up between 5 and 6 AM, and even I think that is a bit excessive. Even as a morning person, I still want to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The main takeaway here is that research points to greater success for those who wake up earlier in the morning. Although, I still think it’s important to note that there are always exceptions to the rule. Ultimately, you have to find what works best for you.

You’re more likely to improve this.

While going to bed and getting up early might be difficult at first, studies have shown that doing so can pay off immensely in terms of overall sleep quality.

Essentially, the participants studied experienced longer, better sleep. So, by shifting to an earlier schedule, you will be more likely to experience higher quality sleep.

Not everyone thrives from living the early bird lifestyle. Some people naturally prefer to wake up and go to sleep later. What is most important is that you prioritize sleep in general and find a routine that works for you. If you can do those two things, you just might find that your overall productivity and energy levels will benefit immensely.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

Raleigh, NC

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