“The early bird catches the worm” – Common Proverb
Recently I have been inspired by The Monk who sold his Ferrari to arise earlier. The benefits of waking up early are innumerable and touted everywhere. Even the Harvard Business Review is discussing the power of waking up early. For me, the research reinforces my personal experience. Even if I spend the same time on my work, I am always more productive and creative on the days that I rise with the sun. To explore the benefits of getting up earlier in more detail check out this great article on Forbes.
But if rising early provides many advantages why do people not get up early? They are two main reasons:
- Haven gotten into the bad habit of sleeping too long.
- Prioritizing sleep quantity vs. sleep quality
You may be thinking sleep is a habit? I really do need to sleep 10 hours. Maybe you do? However, for the vast majority of normal healthy people they will be fine with 6 hours of high quality sleep. Then why do people sleep longer? It is a habit of lethargy.
People who are living their life to its fullest do NOT need to sleep an inordinate amount of time. They are excited to start their day and want to do so ASAP. Sleeping too long is simply the bad habit created by having nothing else better to do.
So if you want to achieve your full potential, you should change this bad habit. However, like changing any habit, reprogramming your brain to sleep less will be painful at first. You will feel very tired for the first couple of days or even weeks. However, think of this as the short term pain that will result in significant long term gains. Just like when you go to the gym, to lift weights to gain bigger muscles. It hurts in the short term, but the long term results are well worth it.
One key corollary of the point above is that your sleep needs to be deep and restful. Six hours of high quality deep sleep is infinitely better than 10 hours of fitful and light sleep. The problem with having a variable sleep schedule is that it completely destroys your circadian rhythm. This results in poor quality sleep because the wrong hormones are being secreted at the wrong times. Once you begin sleeping aligned with the natural rhythms of your body, you will be amazed by how little sleep you need to feel energized and ready to attack you day.
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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