To some people, mornings bring intense dread; the annoying sound of a beeping alarm clock instantly generates a bad mood, and getting both feet out of bed seems like the most difficult task they’ll encounter all day.
And it doesn’t get better from there; using body wash as shampoo is a maybe, and the chance of socks matching is slim to none. The coffee cannot be strong enough, and the clock cannot tick any slower. If you are one of these people, and waking up is just plain hard to do, learning about the amazing benefits of turning yourself into more of a morning person might give you the caffeinated kick-start you need to get going with the sunrise.
1. You’ll be the office rock star
The Journal of Applied Social Psychology published a study that found morning people are more proactive than evening people and tend to have advanced problem-solving skills, allowing them to anticipate problems and minimize them. Morning people tend to be confident go-getters who take more of a hands-on approach to work and in life. (Don’t worry night owls, the study found that evening people tend to be more creative and have a better sense of humor). Studies also found that early birds tend to get more sleep than night owls (we blame you, Netflix).
2. You can start eating a healthy breakfast
3. You can enjoy quiet time before your day starts
Waking up an hour before you need to can give you time to focus on yourself. You can meditate or relax before work, read the morning paper and have a cup of coffee, go for a walk, make a healthy and delicious breakfast, or hit the gym. Studies show that working up a sweat in the morning helps to increase your metabolism throughout the day, which burns more calories and helps you to resist junk food cravings while choosing healthier options.