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Why You Should Become an Early Bird

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Why You Should Become an Early Bird

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

I may not have been an early bird since birth, but after years of training myself to jump-start my day, my body naturally wants to get a move on as soon as it’s light outside. In fact, I’m now almost incapable of sleeping past 8 a.m.

Some people may consider that a tragic flaw, but I enjoy getting up early. I like not being rushed as I prepare for work, and I enjoy the morning hour when I’m alone in the office. For some people, waking up early isn’t the easiest lifestyle to sustain, but for those who can stick it out, it offers a bevy of benefits.

1. More “Me” Time
While my fiance is hitting the snooze button repeatedly, I’m taking a leisurely shower, tidying up around the house, and catching up on last night’s Daily Show. When you wake up early, without phone calls, emails, or pestering family members, the time is yours to spend as you please, whether you meditate, exercise, read, or simply watch that television show your spouse hates. Many parents of young children find that the early-morning hours provide their only chance to enjoy a cup of coffee or relax alone before the day begins.

2. Regular Workouts
People’s motivation to exercise is high first thing in the morning. Many report that they are more likely to stick to a morning workout routine than to an afternoon or evening one, since distractions have a way of derailing later plans to get to the gym. Also, although it hasn’t been proven, some exercise physiologists believe that exercising in the morning on an empty stomach forces the body to burn stored fat, instead of other calories.

A study published in the November 2006 issue of the journal SLEEP found that exercising in the morning led to better sleep at night. The researchers theorized that the morning activity helped to properly align the body’s circadian rhythms. Test subjects who postponed exercise until the evening actually had a more difficult time falling asleep.

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1:37AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you.

1:36AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you.

4:06PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I love waking up early now. I was actually wondering if I could wake up earlier, like 4am, and not hate myself haha I guess the benefits of waking up early are hard to explain because they're so personal.

9:56AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thank you.

8:44AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Thanks for the info

8:49AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

Have to be an early bird, every morning!!!!!

2:36AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

I am an early bird by nature, but usually work timetables are what actually decides when will you get any sleep, and it is certainly not healthy to get up before 6 if you have no chance to go to bed before 3...

3:51PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

I keep thinking that I'm going to get up early and head to the gym, but so far that hasn't happened.

I DID recently hear that exercising on an empty morning stomach can help with losing fat weight. This article just reminded me of that, so maybe that will be some incentive, since I need to lose about 50 lbs.

4:26AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Good article with useful information, thanks.

1:31PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thank-you for the interesting article. Being a Registered Nurse I could relate to many reasons of why one should be an early bird. Carole K. stated substantial reasons as to why it isn't always better to be an early bird. Like Carole, I too have a tendency towards being a night owl. Being a RN you can work a variety of shifts. When I first graduated from Nursing school I worked 3 - 11:30pm. Working second shift was my decision for various reasons, one of them being that I didn't have to be an early bird. I could sleep during the hours that my body clock/circadian rhythm got it's best sleep & was awake when I could function more productively. Over the years I worked different shifts & my hours were always earlier than the previous one. Eventually my shift was 7:00am - 3:30pm with rotation to 3:00 - 11:30pm when needed. I was finally on a shift where I was in sync w/ the rest of the world & could get things done, run errands, etc. as did everyone else. When I had to stop working in 2006 I still arose earlier but my wake up time got to be later & later as did my bedtime. In 2008 I was diagnosed, by two Sleep Specialists, w/ a Sleep Disorder & a Circadian rhythm shift. Please note that Insomnia & a Sleep Disorder are not the same. I completely shifted in May, 2009. Talk about being out of synch! My days & nights are opposite from everyone else's, thus it's very difficult to get things done that involved other people. People who work in professions that

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