Does Getting Up Earlier Make You Healthier?

There are a lot of studies on whether getting up earlier makes you healthier or has any benefit for that matter. Everyone is different and some people tend to be more prone to sleep late and stay up late, while others are early to “bedders” and early risers. Some say it doesn’t matter the pattern, it’s all about the quality of the sleep and whether you get at least 7 to 9 hours a night consistently. However, studies show that your health can be affected by disruption of the circadian rhythm, the body’s automatic sensor that tells us to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. That can have a negative effect on your health.

If you work the late night shift, where you get up late and get to bed later, it can change your body’s internal clock.

The internal clock regulates your hormones and the triggering of chemicals and hormones responsible for your appetite, body temperature and digestion. Even if you get adequate sleep and work the late night shift, it can mess with your system, causing you to have a syndrome called the “shift-work sleep disorder.” That can cause insomnia and EDS—excessive daytime sleepiness. EDS leads to other problems like mood disorders, a poorly functioning immune system, poor reflexes and bad decision making.

When you have the opportunity to work traditional hours, getting up early can provide big benefits.

When you have more time in the morning, you can get a lot done before leaving the house or starting your daily tasks. It provides time for a healthy breakfast, which can help you lose weight and time to exercise. It’s the easiest way to ensure you have a regularly scheduled exercise time, since there are few distractions to prevent you from working out.

When you get to bed earlier and get up earlier, it improves the chances of a better quality of sleep.

Getting up earlier and getting to bed earlier works with your circadian rhythm. It helps your body function better, the way it was meant to function. You often have more quiet time in the morning and fewer stresses. Stress plays a big role in negatively affecting your overall health. It gives you more time for your morning routine without stressing out whether you’ll make it to work on time.

  • Studies show that people who work the midnight shift or late night shift, often have health issues, which include insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, some types of cancer and heart disease.
  • Studies show that productivity can increase if you get up earlier and go to bed earlier. It may be because of the circadian rhythm, lower stress levels and having a few minutes every day to plan the day.
  • Not everyone is the same. Some people simply function better starting later in the day and reach peak productivity later. It’s all about finding your best hours, being consistent and getting adequate sleep.
  • Some studies show that people who workout in the morning burn more fat than those who workout in the afternoon or evening.

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