Are Early Risers Healthy, Wealthy and Wise?
We’ve all heard the Benjamin Franklin quote ‘early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,’ but is it true?
Are you truly healthier and wiser if you go to bed early and wake up early?
Science has a lot to say about this, but in general, it makes sense. The earlier you go to bed, the easier it is to get up early in the morning. Early birds tend to be more productive, which can lead to being wiser, so they may be onto something.
Here’s what science has to say.
Early Risers are More Productive
A biology professor at the University of Education in Germany conducted a study on college students to see when they were the most productive. The study showed that a majority of those surveyed had the most productivity when they rose early in the morning.
Morning people have a higher ability to see problems, fix them, and be proactive. This may lead to better performance on the job and greater success in life overall.
Early Risers may Take Better Care of Themselves
Getting up early has more benefits than business productivity. It gives you more time in your day to dedicate to your health.
People that wake up later constantly feel rushed. They have fewer hours in their day (normal hours when you can do most things) to feel accomplished. This may lead to higher levels of stress and less time to work out or even eat healthy.
All of these factors create a less healthy lifestyle.
When you’re constantly chasing your tail, you may feel like you can’t get enough sleep, eat enough healthy food, or exercise. When you wake up later, you may feel more ‘sluggish’ and less likely to jump up and work out, which is a great way to start your day as well as create positive sleep patterns.
Early Risers Procrastinate Less
If you are the king or queen of procrastination, consider getting up earlier.
As the study from above showed, early risers are more productive and have more time to problem solve. It just makes sense that they would also have more time to get stuff done.
If you wait until the last minute because you’re always trying to figure out how to fit everything into your short days, add more hours by waking up earlier. The decreased stress will help your overall health and you’ll be wiser because you’ll get more accomplished.
The old saying may just prove itself to be true.
Of course, not everyone functions well as an early riser – there’s nothing you can do about genes. But, if you find yourself able to get up and get going early in the morning, you’ll likely find that you are happier, less stressed, more productive, and possibly even healthier.
If nothing else, it gives you more time to exercise your brain and your body, both of which set you up for success in the sleep department.