If you’re one of those who hits the snooze button repeatedly on weekdays and don’t have the alarm set on weekends just so you can sleep in, well, I feel you. There is no better feeling in this world falling into hibernation till late afternoon with no worries.
However, studies have shown that waking up early has many benefits that night owls don’t get. Twitter seconds that with the recently trending #TheEarlyBirdCatches. Turns out waking up early do have plenty of perks – catching the worm not included. Guess it’s time to put the quote ‘Mind over Mattress’ to work.
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1. Getting to eat breakfast
We don’t exactly eat donuts in the morning, but waking up early will ensure that you have sufficient time for breakfast. Skipping breakfast for sleep is not a good idea because your body needs all those nutrients in order to have energy and focus in the morning. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day.
2. Exercising in the morning
Yes, you’ll actually have time for a quick run before going off to work. Studies have shown that you could burn more fat and give your metabolism a huge boost when you work out in the mornings. Not only that, the air is fresher in the mornings, and you’ll start your day with more energy.
3. Peace on the way to work
It’s well-known that traffic is the most congested at peak hours in the morning (8am to 9am). By waking up earlier, you’ll be able to leave your house earlier, thus avoiding the peak hour crowd and traffic. Ah, bliss is when you don’t have to squeeze in the MRT like a canned sardine or wait for ages stuck in the traffic jam. An added bonus for those who drive – lower ERP fares when you’re on the road early.
4. Morning peace and quiet
By waking up earlier, you’ll be able to enjoy some quiet time alone. No baby brothers and sisters yelling, no babies crying, no television noise, no radio chatter, no endless questions. Just peace and quiet in the morning where you can take time to be yourself.
5. Being more productive
Think: If you were to get up just one hour earlier every day, it adds up to 15 days in one year. So how many days of our lives are we wasting to sleep in? Waking up early will make you more productive and creative. Many early risers find that they have increased creativity and inspiration in the early hours. It’s proven too: Successful women like Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour, will already be up and playing tennis at 5.45am, before heading to work for her daily meetings. Of course, you don’t have to wake up at 5.45am to play tennis, but you can use the time to complete looming tasks.