Let’s face it...not everyone is a morning person, and studies show that your genes may be responsible for your natural wake-up time. But, there are some distinct advantages early risers may experience in their personal and professional lives.
According to biologist Christopher Randler, people who experience performance peaks in the morning are more likely to have greater career success than those whose peaks occur in the evening. Early risers also have some behavioral advantages, and tend to be more agreeable, positive, and optimistic that those who consider themselves “night owls.”
Morning people also have a tendency to feel happier. For example, during the week people who tend to stay awake later may find themselves feeling unhappy because they have to wake up earlier than they’d like.
Rising with the sun, or some form of natural light, tends to help people start their day on the right foot, leading to more positive attitudes and conscientious behavior. Morning people also arise feeling energized and inspired to tackle their to-do list. That’s right, productivity is another advantage the early birds possess!
If you aren’t normally a morning person, what are some other hacks you can try? To start, go to bed earlier! The key to leaping out of bed with the sun, ready to tackle the day starts with feeling fully rested. You can also try avoiding the snooze button, committing to waking up with the first alarm. Expose yourself to some form of natural light as soon as possible to give yourself an extra boost.
Not everyone is born with the genetic makeup of an early riser. Don’t try to force an early wake-up call if it makes you feel lethargic throughout the day. The most important thing is to get enough sleep so you can be productive, happy, and feel well-rested.