I am quite sure that all of us have at least once heard a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin about wake up which states such:
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
But the question is that how many of us actually believe this. Let me be clear that if you think it
is going to be some primary grade school essay about waking up early, you are wrong. In this blog I will try to mention the benefits of waking up early on your mental and physical health, emotional health, progress, productivity and work. Lets begin with some examples of some successful people from around the world about what they believe about waking up early.
Sir Richard Branson:
There hardly will be any person these days who is not familiar with this name. For those of you who do not know him, he is the founder of Virgin Group which has almost 400 companies and he has an empire of about $5 Billion. He says “I leave the curtains undrawn and the sun comes up at 5:45 am and straight in my eyes.I love bouncing up early”. He swims early in the morning or kite surfs, then he proceeds to a healthy breakfast.
Steve Jobs was the person who revolutionized not only the technology industry but the whole world. He also had a morning ritual that we all can learn from. He would start his day with an honest question in the mirror; he also advocated minimalism from furnishing his house to clothes he wore. “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”.
Gates starts his day by working out on a treadmill for an hour while he watches the courses from Teaching Company. He states,”Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can not lose”.
Mark rises at 8 am unless he has been working all night, wears the same T-shirt every day to avoid making extra decisions. He says,” Im here to build something long-term. Anything else is distraction.
Oprah begins her routine by meditating earl in the morning, then she hits the treadmill and has a healthy meal afterwards, and she gets to work as early as possible so that she can record two shows in the morning. She says,” be thankful for what you have, you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you dont have, you will never ever have enough”
Elon Musk often skips breakfast, wolfs down his lunch in a five minute span during a meeting, exercises one or two times a day. He states,” Constantly think about how you could be doing better and keep questioning yourself”.
These are the people who are either changing the world or have already made an impact.In fact they are the emblems of success all over the world. If not do exactly like them, we should at least try to learn and implement from these greatest minds. Now lets discuss some health benefits of waking up early
1. A Good Breakfast:
A healthy and balanced breakfast can
- improve your energy levels
- help the body regulate blood glucose concentration
- improve your memory performance
2. You Create More Time Before Work
Waking up early can diminish the negative effects of sleep inertia, which studies have shown can last two hours or more and thus improve the performance of your memory, reaction time, ability to perform basic mathematical tasks, alertness and attention.
3. Morning Types are Good Problem Solvers:
According to a study, morning people are more likely to anticipate problems and solve them.
4. Exercise in The Morning Burns More Fat:
Researchers found out that those who get up early on an empty stomach will burn up to 20% more body fat as well as getting those endorphins pumping to start the day in a good mood.
I believe that getting up early in the morning is the natural and original way to lead a life. Days and nights were created for different reason. Days are for working and nights were made to rest and sleep. It is pretty disappointing to see how easily todays generation has confused this simple concept and adopted the unhealthy and unproductive lifestyle. At the end I would like to mention my personal 11 techniques that you can use to get yourself out of bed in the morning.
- Drink a glass of water
- give your phone an early night
- rise with the sun
- use a dawn simulator
- eat an apple
- wake up at the right point in your sleep cycle
- go out and exercise
- get up progressively earlier
- you snooze you lose
- get the right light at night
- go camping