How to Become an Early Riser

How to Become an Early Riser
Emily Holland

You likely know someone who has expressed his or her disdain for mornings. Or perhaps you’ve thought it yourself when the alarm goes off early Monday morning or your kids wake you up before the sun rises. Then there are those who are up before their alarm even sounds, well rested and motivated to get a head start on their day.

Unsurprisingly, studies show that early risers, also referred to as larks, are at an advantage in more ways than one compared to night owls—those who are more active and awake at night. Here are four benefits of being an early riser and three steps to become one. For those who think they can never become one, there’s hope.

Improved Health

In a 2012 study published in the journal Emotion, adult participants who considered themselves early risers reported feeling healthier than those who thought of themselves as night owls. New research also indicates morning people may make healthier food choices, consuming a more balanced diet compared to night owls.

Additionally, early risers tend to go to sleep earlier, eliminating the temptation to consume late-night sugary snacks, a habit that can lead to weight gain and restless sleep.  

Greater Productivity

Early risers may be more productive than night owls, according to a 2009 study conducted by Christopher Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition to feeling more in charge of their lives, he found that morning people tend to anticipate problems and do their best to try to minimize them. Dr. Randler’s earlier research also indicates morning people achieve better grades, which he argues opens the door to better schools and job opportunities. 

More Sleep, Less Worry  

Early risers often have an earlier bedtime, a decision that may quiet down the monkey brain. According to research published in Cognitive Therapy and Research in 2015, individuals who favored a later bedtime reported an increase in repetitive negative thinking (RNT). RNT was also associated with a reduction in sleep time. Simply put, going to bed earlier and sleeping longer may help to tame negative thoughts that can potentially lead to disruptive sleep and distress.

Enhanced Positive Emotions

In addition to improved health, the previously mentioned 2012 study published in Emotion also found early risers experience greater levels of positive emotions and are generally more satisfied with their lives than night owls. The researchers suggest this may because society’s typical 9 to 5 workday often clashes with night owls’ decision to stay up later at night.

3 Steps to Become an Early Riser

So how can you become an early riser? Ayurveda encourages the establishment of daily routines to help balance your mind and body and to maintain a peaceful state. Going to bed early and rising early  are key. The Ayurvedic approach suggests waking up before or with the sunrise in order to …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra  

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