As a seasonal morning person, also known as a morning person only during the week of the good daylight savings time, I was interested to find facts that support living life as a full-time morning person. Many studies have shown results that favor the lifestyle of early birds over the night owls, and that impact significant aspects of everyday life. Everything from weight, attitude and even skills can in some way be tied to our sleep schedules.
If you’re on the fence about attempting to become a morning person, check out this list of research-backed things that morning people just do better.
Morning people are…better at being happy
As strange as it sounds, it has been shown that people who wake up early consistently have a more positive mindset in general than those who tend to sleep in. There is also an increased likelihood of spending more time in the sun as a morning person, which can also work to make a person more happy. Something as simple as setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier each week may be enough to start living a happier, more vibrant life!
Morning people are…more productive
One study showed that morning people took a more proactive approach to their life. Their interest in preemptively changing a situation so that the outcome is more favorable to them or their situation means that they’re more likely to get things done well and on time, which naturally creates the opportunity for more tasks to get done in a given time frame also. Proactivity is a sought after quality in the job market, and if you can get a boost of productivity as a result of adapting your sleep schedule, there are only gains to be had.
Morning people are…better at being healthy
Unhealthy food choices, later eating times and more frequent meals, and therefore higher BMI, has been linked to late sleepers. Early risers tend to sleep earlier as well and therefore are less likely to eat late at night or make poor choices for their meals. Food choices heavily influence BMI, so early birds have come out on top in terms of health, where late sleepers are more commonly linked with increased risk of obesity.
Morning people are…better at sleeping
This was unexpected, since it seems like morning people sleep less due to their cringe-worthy early morning alarms. But sleeping in doesn’t always mean sleeping more or sleeping better. A study with 23andMe showed that morning people are less likely to suffer from insomnia and sleep apnea, and typically do not require more than eight hours of sleep. Getting better-quality sleep can improve many different aspects of life, even affecting mental health. Depression was also found to be less common among morning people largely due to the better sleep each night.
Morning people are…more alert
Due to a higher-quality of sleep, morning people tend to be more alert during the day, one study shows. Additionally the near 25% surge of alertness that morning people experience over late sleepers can be attributed to spending more time in the sun. Being more alert during the day can lead to smarter decisions, faster solutions and retaining more learned information.
Morning people are…better at ‘finding the time’
It has been found that morning people are the better planners. It may be due to the fact that waking up early leaves an opportunity to prepare for the day, think ahead about goals or tasks, anticipate any problems and identify any pockets of free time. This ability makes them more likely to find time for the gym, make a breakfast instead of sucking down an espresso, and crush to-do lists. Morning people are also more likely to spend their early morning hours focused on themselves instead of the outside world, which makes them more likely to succeed at personal goals.