Rise & Shine: Wake Up Earlier for Better Health

by Adapt Training and Development

It might sound like the worst idea in the world to wake up earlier. Why would you wake up earlier when you could sleep an extra hour? As absurd as it sounds, there is some science behind this shift in routine.

Decreased risk of depression: With increasing rates of depression and anxiety, researchers have looked to find solutions to help combat these rising numbers. A recent study published in the JAMA Psychiatry found that waking up an hour earlier could reduce the risk of depression by 23%. That is a huge difference and great reason to wake up earlier. However, it is not the only reason.

Better overall  mental health: People who wake up earlier are more likely to have more positive thoughts, better mood, and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Even though this is great for mental health, it can also be great benefits for physical health too. You may feel a little groggy at first, however you can start to see these benefits if you stay consistent.

Extra time to prepare for the day: If you are a night owl, you might like those last few hours of alone time before going to bed. However, if you are willing to switch that to the morning, you will have more time to get ready for the day, get a cup of coffee, gradually start your day, and enjoy a peaceful morning. You may like those few hours to unwind at night, however, give a slow start morning a try to charge your batteries.

Time for a morning workout: This might not sound appealing but if you are interested in getting a workout in before you start your day, you might surprise yourself. Not only will you have the rest of the day to do what you need to do, you will have energy to start your day, a jumpstart for your mind, and time to unwind in the evening. Even if it is just a brisk walk around the neighborhood, it can still have great benefits.