Several studies have correlated waking up early with success. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits reaped by early risers.
1. In a 2008 Texas University study, college students who identified themselves as “morning people” earned a full point higher on their GPAs than those who were “night.”
2. Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered in 2008 that early risers are more proactive. They were more likely to agree with statements like “I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself” and “I feel in charge of making things happen.”
3. Randler’s research revealed that “morning people” are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently, which leads to more successful in the business world.
4. Early risers report using their morning quiet time for organization, goal-setting and planning out their days and weeks ahead.
5. Many successful businesspeople get up early to exercise (before the family is awake and their official work days start). Regular exercise boosts mood and fitness, provides energy on the job and helps create deeper sleep cycles.
6. Sleep experts say that if you go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, your body will be more in tune with the earth’s circadian rhythms, which offers more restorative sleep.
7. Various studies have shown that morning people exhibit character traits like optimism, being agreeable, satisfaction and conscientiousness. Night owls, while linked with creativity and intelligence, are more likely to exhibit traits like depression, pessimism and being neurotic.
8. Several early risers report easier, less congested commutes due to leaving earlier than the crowds.
9. Those who arrive at the office before their colleagues say they relish that first hour or two that provide quiet, uninterrupted time to focus.
10. If you’ve gotten a jump on the day, you’ll have more quality time in the evenings to spend with family. Instead of bringing work home, you can relax and unwind.