Now, however, I wake up at 6:30 most weekdays and it carries over to my weekends. This morning I woke up at around 7am voluntarily. And you know what? That means there's 5 more hours for me to get everything I need done. It's not like I ever did anything in those hours from 8pm to 2am on the weekends, and even sometimes weekdays, so I may as well use my morning hours on something productive.
And you should join me.
Trust me, I never even considered it possible until a little motivation from a month long junk food binge and an amazing blog post I can't remember the name of now. I hope to be that blog post for you ;)
If you aren't already persuaded by what I've just said, here's a list of reasons why waking up earlier is amazing.
1. You can get so much more done!
I've mentioned this earlier, but that's because it's so true. We never consider mornings as a time to study or exercise, but it really is the best time for any of that. It's so much easier to push yourself to do something in the morning than it is in the afternoon when you get back from school. You've got to do something with that extra hour, or more depending on when you wake up, so go comment on some blogs, go over everything you need to know in science, go for a jog. The last one is what I personally do, and it's the first time I've been pretty consistent about it for six weeks straight. I have the time and motivation in the mornings.
2. It wakes you up
Okay, so this was me pre-waking up early: practically fall out of bed, slowly change and brush my teeth, drag myself downstairs for a miniscule breakfast, and trudge out to the car. I sound so asleep, and I would arrive at school much the same, just pure tiredness for the first 20 minutes. Now I jog and have a shower after, and I am so much more awake! I can actually concentrate, my mind is sharp. It's like the jogging clears my mind after sleeping and the whole process prepares my brain for a new day. You don't need to jog if you don't want to go through the almost dying bit. Going for a walk or having a nice relaxing cup of tea or chai latte or coffee, if you're still really asleep, is probably just as effective. Although I suggest going outside. The morning atmosphere is just so refreshing.
3. You can have a nice breakfast
Some mornings all I would have time for were two measly muesli bars. I'd grab them and eat in the car, because otherwise I'd be late. Now, however, I can eat Oats, proper cereal, yoghurt, anything in the house, because I have time to make anything.
4. You're never late
It's logic. If you're awake an hour before you need to get ready you don't need to rush. You can do extra stuff, and most definitely be ready and awake to start getting ready at 7:30 sharp, unlike the old days when you were sleeping in past that time. Or you could be ready an hour before you need to leave, and spend that hour relaxing or being productive, always ready to hop into the car or get onto the bus.
Obviously if you're waking up earlier you're going to go to sleep earlier, otherwise this whole early morning thing would become unhealthy. Your body just kind of corrects your sleeping patterns for you. For someone like me, who would regularly stay up until 2am reading, I now don't ever sleep past midnight, even on a weekday. In fact, I'm actually getting more sleep now than I was before, even though I'm also getting more done.
6. You just feel healthier
I think it's like a stereotype that people who wake up early and go for walks or jogs or watch the news and stuff are healthy. I know the moment I went for my first morning jog I felt like I was a motivated fitness guru (I'm far from it). The same goes for all those healthier breakfasts, and the way in which we carry ourselves all day. It affects everything in a healthier way.
7. Studies show that early risers are happier people
They say it's because our lives are already structured around a morning schedule. School goes from 9 to 3 and work goes from 9 to 5, generally. It's also the combination of getting a good sleep, getting more done, including possibly making a to do list (which is a great idea) and having a relaxing morning routine, such as meditating or jogging or walking. Studies even say early risers are generally more successful, which always does bring happiness ;)
So there's some very valid reasons as to why you should be waking up early, and if you're thinking that you could never do it, I did. So why can't you? It's just a matter of forcing yourself to get up, and allowing yourself the time to sleep, and your body will correct itself.
So, are you going to become an early riser?