In college, being a morning person doesn’t seem to be the trend. How many time have I heard that this person stayed up until 2 AM to finish this paper, that this one stayed up all night to study for a test, or that this other one stayed up late to watch Netflix?
I used to be like that too. I thought that going to sleep early and waking up early was “not cool”. Was I really living the real college experience if I didn’t go to sleep at 3 AM at least once a week?
And I used to think of myself as a night owl too. But, quickly, I realized that being a morning person rocks! Here are my reasons to become a morning person.
You can get stuff done.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be much more productive when I wake up earlier. Why? Because your day starts earlier! It won’t be as hard to start your day once you’ve started crossing those tasks off your to-do list. Sometimes, I have time to get some homework or blogging stuff done before I head to class or work! Knowing my day already has started before I get out of the house helps me keep this state of mind all day long. Waking up early in the morning will get you more motivated. And you’ll be ready to rock the day before you even go out the door!
This state of mind will help you get more things done during the day. The sooner you start, the better! Early birds tend to be more organized than night owls. They want to make the most out of every hour they have.
And the best part? You’ll finish your chores earlier! That means you’ll have more time to do things you want to do, like watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix or reading a chapter of this book.
You’ll get more sleep.
The earlier you rise, the more sleep you’ll get. Why? Because you’ll tend to have a better sleeping schedule. Your body knows when it’s time for you to go to sleep and it’ll be easier for you to fall asleep at night.
Don’t believe me? According to some research done at the University of Toronto, morning people tend get more sleep than their late-night counterparts. That results in more awareness, a healthier immune system, and a more positive attitude.
You’ll be more alert.
Having trouble concentrating in class? It’s probably because you wake up too late! Scientists at the University of Alberta found that an early bird’s brain is more excitable, and therefore more alert, at 9AM. Waking up early will help you focus more on the task at end, which will definitely increase your productivity! Wake up a bit earlier in the morning and see for yourself!
I use to dread morning classes because I couldn’t seem to concentrate. Ever since I’ve started working more regularly at the library, I had to get into a more regular sleeping pattern, and that included waking up early in the morning so I would get enough time to get ready for the day. Ever since I’ve started becoming more of a morning person, morning classes are my favorites! I’m just more focused and alert in the morning than I am at night. I pay more attention to what the teacher is saying than to what I’m going to watch on Netflix once I get home
(which happens a lot during my 4PM class).
You’ll stress less.
That may seem weird at first. I mean, are early birds really less anxious and stressed than night owls? But think about it. We mentioned earlier that morning people tend to be more productive and organized than night ones. If you finish your tasks early, doesn’t that mean that you’ll stress less over things than people who finish their things the night before?
If you don’t believe me, a study at the University of London found that those who wake up by 7:00AM, on average, had a lower chance of being stressed, depressed, and overweight. Isn’t that awesome?
You’ll have more energy.
Remember that productivity we talked about earlier? How do you think it happens? Morning people tend to have more energy during the day than night owls do. Why? Because they are exposed to sunlight more! It’s crazy how just a little bit of sun can change your entire mood.
Remember, morning people tend to sleep better, which gives them more energy.
You’ll have more time.
Being a morning person helps you get things done, which means that, by the end of the day, you’ll have more time to take care of you! You can implement a night routine before you go to bed, and not worry about trying to fall asleep. This also means that you do not have to worry about your to-do list until the next day.
But waking up earlier also means that you have more waking hours, aka more time to work on stuff! If you have an assignment that needs to be handed in before 12:59 p.m., waking up early will give you plenty of time to finish it. You’ll be less stressed because of the deadline and will be more able to hand in your best paper ever!
You’ll be more rested.
Not only will you sleep better, but you’ll be in a better state of mind once you are at work or in class! The world is more quiet and peaceful in the morning. A lot of people are still sleeping or are busy indoors going through their morning routine. The streets are quieter. I had to take the bus earlier this week because of a test, and it’s crazy how much of a difference you can see! Yes, my bus was still full, but I found my walk to my stop to be a lot more calming. I had time to breathe in and take in the beauty of fall. I didn’t have to rush to get there.
So wake up a bit earlier and you’ll have more time to get ready in the morning, meaning you’ll kick off your day feeling less rushed and fully rested!
You’ll be more proactive.
Do you like to set goals for yourself? Well, it’s been proven that morning people tend to reach theirs more! You’ll be more proactive, which means you’ll anticipate what you need to do to reach your goals more.
Christoph Randler, a Harvard biologist, surveyed undergrad students a few years ago and found that morning people were more likely to have a go-getter mentality, which means that feel more in charge of making things happen for themselves.
“When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards… A number of studies have linked proactivity with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages,” the study reports.
Want to reach your goals? Wake up early!
You’ll be happier.
When you sum up all of the reasons stated above, it’s obvious. If you become a morning person, you are one step closer to happiness. Why? Because the University of Toronto found that morning people had up to a 25 percent increase in feelings of happiness, cheerfulness, and alertness. Early exposure to morning light also boosts energy and reduces depression risk. I’m not saying that being a morning person automatically makes you happy, but it’s a step in the right direction!
Being a morning seems pretty awesome, don’t you think? Why do you love mornings? Or why don’t you like them? Tell me all about it in the comment below!