5 benefits to waking up earlier

5 benefits to waking up earlier

What time do you wake up in the morning? Some of us are early risers, while others love to sleep in. While getting a good nights sleep is absolutely key to good health — lack of sleep may weaken the immune system and contribute to weight gain — evidence is piling showing that waking up early is important as well. Let’s take a look at 5 benefits to waking up earlier, as reported in Fitness Magazine.

1. Better alertness:
Do you want to be more alert? Try waking up earlier. Scientists from the University of Alberta found that morning people’s brains are more excitable at 9 a.m. More research from the University of Toronto shows that morning people tend to get better sleep than night people do.

2. Better work performance:
Early to rise may equal better performance at work. Researchers at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany found that those who woke up early tended to have better problem-solving skills. The morning people in the study were also better prepared to foresee future problems and take care of them.

3. Less stress:
Do you feel like there is never enough time in the day and you are always running around? Waking up earlier could give you those extra few hours to accomplish what you need to. A study from the University of London showed that those who woke up by 7 a.m. had a lower risk of stress, depression, and weight gain.

4. Lose weight:
Early risers may have a better chance at losing weight. Studies show that working up a sweat early in the day speeds up metabolism, and helps reduce cravings for the rest of the day.

5. More reliable:
Waking up earlier might just make you more reliable. According to a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, night owls are less reliable, less emotionally stable, and more susceptible to addictions.

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1. “Losing 30 Minutes of Sleep Per Day May Promote Weight Gain and Adversely Affect Blood Sugar Control.” Newswise. Endocrine Society, 5 Mar. 2015. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
2. “5 Reasons Morning People Are Awesome.” Fitness Magazine. Fitness Magazine, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
3. “Morningness a Predictor of Better Grades in College.” AASM. American Academy of Sleep Medicine, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

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