Benefits of Waking Up Before the Sun

Today I had a bit of a lie in. I got up at 5am.

I used to get up super late. Really, I did. During University, I got up at 11am and starting my day of doing zero work and zero exercise.

Since needing to cram as much productivity in my day as possible, I’ve been getting up early. It’s helped in more ways than one.

Hazy Equals Creative

Y’know the awful feeling you get in the morning when you can just about open your eyes, but the gigantic amount of sleep dust makes it near impossible?

Suddenly the bed is the most comfortable object ever.

You feel like you could sleep a thousand more sleeps.

This state is actually great for writing posts or creating illustrations. I feel like I could hop back into bed for another few hours, but instead I’m flying through writing this post.

The creative brain seems more active directly after sleeping so if you have difficulty stopping yourself from editing while you write, use this waking-up advantage to help.
— Daphne Gray-Grant, Publication Coach

If you need to create content you should become an early riser. From personal experience, it’s so much harder to publish a post later in the day.

Peace & Quiet

One of the best things about becoming an early riser is the fact hardly anybody else is awake. It’s fantastic and helps you get key tasks done.

I go to the gym at 6:30am every day when it opens. Why? Because there’s nobody else there!

I can get my exercise out of the way in peace. I don’t have to wait for equipment, I can take a nice shower, and be on my way again.

Waking up with (or before) the sun allows executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook and “Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world has rolled out of bed.
Gus Lubin and Rachel Gillett, Business Insider

If you’re struggling to get any work done in your home, co-working office, or during the day in your company office, then try getting there early to get essential tasks ticked off and sent off.

If you get exercise crammed in early, you’ll less likely to be pissed when you can’t get on the squat rack.

All-in-all, waking up early will make the day feel much, much easier. You’ve done the brunt of work before everyone else is up.

Now I wonder when time Gavin Belson wakes up 🤔.

Finding 8 Hours

Ok, so this one’s not a benefit. It’s actually a drawback.

In the summer days, it can actually be difficult to get to sleep early. I’ve been getting up at 4:30am and going to sleep at 7:30pm.

It usually takes me around 1 hour to get to sleep, so in theory that’s a solid 8 hours. But, the sun is a bit of an issue.

If you don’t invest in some good blackout blinds or eye masks you’re kinda screwed. Because it’ll be so bright outside it can be tough to get some sleep early in the day.

Another drawback is the lack of social events. I don’t think anyone ever called me a social owl, but if you love going out then it could be a problem.

Nobody wants to get cocktails at 4pm, right?

I’m writing about something that interests me every day for a year. This is day 81 of 365. ✌️