There are two types of people - those who hate the idea of waking up earlier than 10 a.m. and those who enjoy getting their day started early. I'm definitely an early riser. I enjoy getting my day started early and then being in bed at a reasonable time. I feel the most productive when I'm up before 7 a.m.
Looks like being an early riser comes with a pretty big health benefit, so if you're sleeping in late every day, you might want to rethink that habit.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, women who wake up earlier are at a lower risk of mental illness due to a greater exposure to daylight.
Night owls, you can become an early riser. It won't be easy in the beginning, but you'll probably find that getting up early isn't too bad and you can totally get a full night's rest. It'll just require a bit of an earlier bedtime.
A few tips for all you late risers...
- Use an alarm clock that wakes you up in your lightest sleep phase. Sleep Cycle is a free app that does just that! Also, don't hit snooze.
- When you wake up, open your blinds and let natural light in. It will help wake your body up.
- Exercise during the day! This will help you get better sleep.