“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau
This blog was going to be about getting up in the morning. There are plenty of articles that talk about 'ways' to get up in the morning, but none of them take about the mental preparations and other ways we can prepare to start getting up early...next week.
Before I went into my own soliloquies on how to get up early, I thought I would do some research on the benefits of it, to see if there were any. It ends up there ARE a lot of health benefits in store for you if you get early. Who knew? And they are backed by science. (Don't you love the age of Google?) As I was going through them and taking notes, I thought about having a big enough 'why'. There are people who say if you have a big enough why, that you will do something, and keep up with it.
With that, let our Why begin here. If we build a case for getting up early, we have a better chance of sticking to it. Knowledge is power!
I could go on and on with seemingly endless health benefits to getting up early. Instead, I'll share a few that popped out at me. If you want to find out more, do the research and build your big 'why?' as your first line of defense against the sleep monster trying to keep you under those cuddly covers!
The first thing that's appealing is the silence you get in the mornings, (barring young children of course). Science says silent moments are beneficial for the body. If you get up early enough you can benefit from the silence that is very much lacking throughout our days. Silence reduces blood pressure, increases oxygen levels in the brain, lessens migraines and boosts mental health overall!
When you wake up early, your brain function increases!
According to a biology professor named Christopher Randler, who works at Heidelberg, Germany’s University of Education, to wake up early is to help your brain function.
People who wake up early have better critical thinking and problem solving skills. They are more creative, funnier, they even engage with work easier. When you get up early in the morning you will perform better at work and be more outgoing.
That's a case to get more sleep. The earlier you go to bed, the earlier you can get up. Staying on a normal sleep schedule will increase deep sleep. Deep sleep is where health magic happens.
Increased blood supply in muscles
Release of growth hormones to build muscle
Relaxation of the body
Now, if you care about looks and weight, listen up...you can keep and get your sexy back with more sleep. There was a study done by the University of Stockholm that determined,
"The more tired you appear, the less attractive you will be perceived."
Notice that word, perceived. Looking awake, alert, and cheerful can go a long way in people's perception of you.
Lastly, and most motivational for me was the fact that people who wake up early have lower body mass indexes.
This taken from, Off The Grid News:
Whether or not you are an early or late riser can also affect your body weight, according to research by Northwestern University. The study, which found that early risers have a lower body mass index (BMI) than late risers, connected this finding with the body’s dependence on the circadian rhythm. Lead researcher Phyllis C. Zee concluded that if we do not get enough light at the appropriate times of day, our body clock could be affected, leading to altered metabolism and weight gain.
Early risers also tend to be more consistent in adhering to an exercise regime, according to the American Council on Exercise. Most studies indicate that people who exercise in the morning set and maintain more rigorous workout schedules.
Those who wake up early also procrastinate less and have more discipline and focus!
It's important to know that getting up earlier and losing sleep, instead of going to bed earlier and getting on a good sleep schedule can be detrimental to your health. A study published in the Cognitive Therapy Research Journal revealed that those who sleep later and wake up earlier are at risk of developing negative thoughts.
To wrap this up, my Top 3 List for getting up early?
I will lower my Body Mass Index (BMI)
I will procrastinate less and achieve more discipline and focus
I will have less risk of developing negative thoughts
Develop your own Top 3 scientific reasons for working on becoming an early riser to help you decide to become an early riser and to remain consistent at being one.
Stay tuned for strange and new strategies for getting up early and staying up you may have never heard.
Until next time, stay the HOT ladies you are!