We’ve all heard the saying “the early bird catches the worm”, well in the world of employment it seems that this theory is quite on point. According to research carried out by Professor Christoph Randler at Heidelberg, Germany’s University of Education in 2008, participants who woke up in the morning between 5am – 6am were considerably more energetic and proactive than those who went to bed late and woke up later. It was also found that the ‘early risers’ tended to do better in school, achiever higher grades and land better jobs than their late sleeping counterparts.
With this in mind, many successful business leaders are well known ‘early risers’. It was only in my last article that we touched upon face shape having a profound influence on a person’s success in life, and of course, Jeff Immelt’s infamous wide face was testament to this success. And once again, Jeff Immelt makes the grade as he too is an early riser. Immelt wakes each morning at 5.30am, as does Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter), to name just a few.
Overall, tose who wake up early are found to have more energy throughout the day, are more motivated and indeed, healthier. As such, it is important that you too strive to become a morning person to enjoy the benefits of this lifestyle both in and out of the office.
Here are some tips on how you can become a morning person:
#1 To wake up early you must sleep well
Try to avoid all forms of exercise (unless it is yoga) for 3-4 hours before going to bed. You should also ensure your bedroom is dark, with your TV, smart phones, tablets (and anything else with lights on it) turned off. You need to relax your mind and unwind before trying to fall asleep. Try out some meditation CDs or even play an ‘easy listening’ CD to help you slip off into a deep sleep.
#2 Set your alarm without a snooze option
Snooze options are not for the early riser. You need to set your alarm so you have enough time to get ready without rushing in the morning, and leave your alarm across the room so that you have to get up and turn it off. Once you are up it is easier to remain up.
#3 Showering will be your saviour
Whether you want to or not, jump in the shower as soon as you get up to turn off your alarm. This will help invigorate you and prepare you for a full day ahead. Not only will you feel better when you are clean and washed, but you will feel much more awake the second the water hits your face.
#4 Eat breakfast, but don’t overdo it
Many people will tell you that eating a big hearty breakfast will set you up for the day ahead. This is true in some instances, but if you are on your way to the office where you will be sat in front of a computer screen most of the day, it is wise to avoid a stodgy breakfast. Opt for a lighter meal, such as eggs, grapefruit or a yoghurt with fresh fruit, and for those of you who love coffee, enjoy a coffee with it! When it comes to lunch, you can then have a much heavier meal, followed by something lighter for dinner.
#5 Avoid coffee after lunchtime
The caffeine in coffee can be much stronger than expected, and as such, it is wise to avoid coffee after midday so that by the time you want to go to bed, the caffeine is out of your system.
#6 Don’t eat before bed
While many people do it, eating before bed is bad for you. Not only does your metabolism slow down in the evenings, but eating before bed can make it very difficult to fall asleep. Certainly avoid foods such as cheese and chocolate before bedtime!
Are you an early riser? What time do you get up in the mornings? Tell us what your tips are for getting up so early and keeping energetic throughout the day in the comments section below.
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