How would you feel if every early morning someone asks you to get up and leave the comfort zone of your bed? We guess, probably you would wish the person to have a snooze option, which you can hit at and sleep more!
Friends, if you are one of the persons of above kind, famously known as 'night owl' (the one who chooses to stay up till late at night and sleep in the morning), then beware! Your health is at stake! You may slip into the danger zone of poor health because of restlessness, sleepiness, fatigue, decreased attention and disruption of the body's metabolism process. Not only this, a recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Division of Sleep Medicine has proved that the sleep patterns which go against our body's biological clock (circadian rhythm) may escort our lives to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Apart from such horrible diseases, a person who sleeps late and gets up late hampers his work and in turn wealth. Whereas, opposite to the 'night owl' lifestyle, getting up early in the morning brings in one's life benefits, benefits and more benefits!
Benefits of getting up early in the morning:
1. Metabolism is boosted: Our metabolism works better during the mornings. The fresh air of the morning oxygenates our body and we remain fit throughout the whole day! Moreover, during the morning, our brain is also fresh and active. Further, scientific studies say that during the morning hours the intellect functions in a better way than at any other time of the day. So, when all these pluses join hands, then definitely our body is in a happy and peaceful mode, which boosts the metabolism.
2. Healthier Diet: Due to late sleep patterns, our digestive system gets disturbed and we lack hunger for food in the morning. As a result, the most important meal of the day is kicked off in our busy schedule. Getting up early in the morning not only overcomes this disadvantage of night owl lifestyle but also gives us ample time for preparing and eating a healthy breakfast.
3. Brighter Mood: If you observe an early riser and a night owl, then you will notice that the former one is happier and more optimistic than the latter. In fact, the night owls are known to suffer from depression, insomnia, and pessimism. Bright start of the morning brings with it the air of enthusiasm and optimism.
4. Refreshed Mind: As the day moves on, our thoughts are lower on creativity because stress and workload puts pressure on our minds. However, positivity and fresh air of the mornings reduces stress levels and charges our mind, thus making it work actively. That is why it is always advised to students to get up early and read.
5. More Productivity: Turn the pages of history. You will find that most successful people were early risers. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Swami Vivekananda– to name a few in this list. One of the major driving forces behind their enhanced productivity was getting up early in the morning.
6. Time to Meditate: There is nothing like starting the day with meditation. And early risers grab this ultimate opportunity, which enhances their physical health and sharpens their reflexes to keep them efficient and calm during the whole day, amidst their busy work schedule.
By now we have actually realised the importance of getting up early in the morning. But, it's really hard to materialise it over our alluring 'night owl' lifestyle. Isn't it?
O! Don't worry. We have got for you some easy tips for getting up early in the morning:
1. Keep blinds or curtains halfway open while going to bed at night: By doing this, the natural light of the morning sun will pass a signal to your brain to slow down the production of melatonin hormone and strike up the production of adrenaline hormone, which will instruct the brain to wake up.
2. Stretch every extremity for 15 seconds: Before opening your eyes, lift your arm and start stretching each finger of the hand, then wrist and then the whole arm. Repeat this process with your toes, feet, ankles and legs. Finally end with neck and back stretch. Basically when you stretch your muscles, the flow of blood through your body is enhanced and the shot of pure oxygen to all the tissues is spread which drives you to get out of bed.
3. Ponder upon positive thoughts before going to bed: If you have difficulty in sleeping, then obviously you won't get up early. One of the reasons why people fail to sleep properly is the habit of worrying all night. Therefore, grab positive thoughts before going to bed. It has been scientifically proved that positive thoughts change our brainwaves to bring sleep quicker.
Suggestion: You can make a habit of reading at least one article of Akhand Gyan Magazine before retiring to your bed as it is the encyclopaedia of motivational, intellectual and spiritual matter.
4. Do not consume tea, coffee or alcohol before sleeping. The constituents of these substances affect the sleeping pattern.
5. Get up and sleep at the same time daily. This subconsciously trains the mind for getting up at the desired time.
6. Do not exercise or sit before the computer before going to bed. In fact, one should depart oneself from computer 3 hours before going to sleep.
7. Have a light meal for dinner and give a gap of at least 3 hours between sleep time and dinner time.
8. Meditate and pray before going to bed.
9. Drink a glass of water after getting up in the morning.
10. Listen to some light devotional music for five to ten minutes after getting up.