I have always enjoyed waking early, even as a child, I preferred to set my alarm to go off before anyone else’s. It became a habit and I became that happy morning person that most people despised (including my sisters).
I didn’t realize however that there were several health benefits to being an early bird:
According to Readers Digest, when the University of Toronto surveyed more than 700 adults on their sleeping habits, mood, health, and other questions, they found that morning people (who naturally get up around 7 or earlier) had up to a 25 percent increase in feelings of happiness, cheerfulness, and alertness.
Prevention.com suggests that early exposure to morning light—which night owls can miss out on—may also boost energy and reduce depression risk.
HealthFitnessRevolution.com write that early risers are more proactive, they think faster and are more focused on getting things done in the morning.
Personally, I have found getting up an hour or two before everyone else gives me some much appreciated ME time. I take my dog for a run, go to the gym, meditate, I set my goals for the day and I write my to-do list. I am definitely more proactive and focused. However, if I sleep through my alarm for whatever reason (my 2 youngest children are 1 and 3, enough said!), I tend to be a little miserable, unfocused and unorganized.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Leave a comment and let me know which, and how this benefit’s you.