An average morning for us is fumbling for our alarm, groaning loudly and trying not to cry as we stumble into the bathroom for a shower. We already pushed snooze twice, and we're running late to work. If only waking up was easier...
Making a change in your life, especially a sleep-related change, isn't easy. While sleep is extremely important for your physical health, there's proof that waking up earlier is actually better for you than going to bed late. This might sound preposterous to the night owls out there, but we're just reporting the facts.
1. Quietude: Waking up earlier gives you the ability to greet the sunrise and experience quiet and solitude before the rest of your house wakes up. Sit in relaxation for 20 minutes, praying, meditating, reading Scripture, or just taking time to be quiet.
2. Eat your meal: Suddenly you have time to eat your breakfast in peace! After all, it's the most important meal of the day, and you don't want to be running on fumes. Try one of our 50 quick and easy breakfast recipes—we promise they're delicious!
3. Less stress: You are less likely to be late for work if you aren't rushed to shower, eat, dress, wake up the kids and send them on their way to school all within forty-five minutes. Having more time to accomplish your tasks in the morning will lessen your stress and give you a zen approach to the day. Plus, less stress = more weight loss!
4. Time for exercise: Waking up two hours earlier gives you plenty of time to fit in a workout, shower and breakfast! Since everyone should exercise 30 minutes a day, you'll have more time to relax after work if you accomplish your workout first thing in the morning. This gives you plenty of energy to start your work day, makes you more productive and less likely to nod off at your desk.
5. Commute: You won't have to fight the traffic if you beat the traffic completely! Waking up earlier will give you time to leave before the roads get clogged with commuters. If you get to work earlier, you might even be able to leave earlier.
Ease into your new sleep schedule slowly, giving your body more time to react to changing its sleep pattern. We recommend changing your alarm clock thirty minutes at a time.
Night #1 and #2: Wake up 30 minutes earlier.
Night #3 and #4: Wake up 1 hour earlier.
Night #5 and #6: Wake up 1.5 hours earlier.
Night #7 and #8: Wake up 2 hours earlier.
These new wake-up times should be paired with earlier bed times so you don't exhaust yourself! Waking up earlier will give you more time in the mornings to be productive, and chances are you'll be much more alert at work.