3 Benefits Of Getting Up Early

I’m naturally a morning person because I used to get up at crazy hours for sports practice when I was in school. It’s built into my brain that I feel bad if I sleep past 9 a.m., even though I usually stay up late. This is true: you really do get a lot more done if you get up early and read the news and do your work before most people wake up. But is it all about getting more done in less time? Or is there strong science proof that being a “morning person” is good for your health? It looks like there is.

A lot of useful tips on how to “hack” your life to get up earlier are based on the simple idea that the 9-to-5 world is based on a routine that is heavy in the morning. And everyone has heard stories about people who are incredibly busy and only need four or five hours of sleep a night. For one thing, it seems like you need to be able to do that to be president. But if you’re a committed slugabed (a great word from the 1500s for someone who always wants to sleep in), there may be good scientific reasons to get out of bed earlier and earlier until you’re not scared of seeing the sunrise anymore.

1. You have a lower chance of sleep inertia. There’s a real thing called sleep inertia that turns us into zombies when we wake up in the morning. When we’re woken up by something mechanical, like an alarm clock, we feel like we’re made of cotton wool. You’re right about what you think: you’re not fully awake yet. Your body didn’t wake up on its own, and for about 30 minutes to two hours, you can’t do even the most basic things.

Being partially aware can make you hurt yourself very badly, or at the very least, you could forget your presentation, your socks, or something else important as you run out the door. The New Yorker says that waking up too soon and too suddenly before work will mess up your memory, attention, productivity, and other important mental processes if you work a 9-to-5 job. “Social jet lag” is the name for it. Sleep scientists say that slowly training yourself to wake up earlier will get you out of this haze before you have to clock in, and a funny experiment by Medium writer Kevin Roose showed that this will also be good for your health and work.

2. You’ll get better grades in college. In 2008, Texas University did one of the most well-known studies on morning people vs. night owls. They found that naturally getting up early is a good way to get better grades in college. 824 college students took part in the study. They were asked about their sleeping habits and then had their GPAs checked. As a result? College students who get up early have an average GPA that is one full point better than those who stay out late and party: 3.5 instead of 2.5.

You could say it’s a chicken-or-the-egg question: the early rising or the good grades? Either way, it has clear effects on future success. A good GPA can help you get a good job and make more money, which can help you stay healthy.

3. You’ll eat better. It turns out that the times of day (or night) when you get things done can also have a big effect on what you eat. According to a clinical health psychologist at Northwestern, people who get up early eat fewer calories and more fruits and vegetables than people who stay up late. This could be because they are more self-controlled or because fast food restaurants are open later.

Unfortunately, this goes against the best time to eat for health: according to LiveScience, you should consume most of your calories in the morning and afternoon, not at night, when your body feels “full” more slowly, leading to overeating. It looks like people who eat a full breakfast in the morning have an advantage over people who get food at 1 a.m.

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