Wake up with the sun and regain control of your life

Most people in college and just out of it are night owls. I even know
one or two who regularly sleep until noon. This behavior is reinforced
by a student culture that emphasizes socializing at night as the highest
priority.

As a wise man once said, that’s no way to go through life, son.

I wake up every morning at 6:00 AM on the dot. Sometimes I use my alarm
clock. Sometimes I don’t. Either way, during winter I’m up before the
sun and during summer I wake with the sun. As a result, my days are more
productive, more active, and healthier. Ben Franklin had it right when
he wrote “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy,
and wise.”

  • More Productive. Since I wake up earlier, when fewer people are
    active, there are fewer distractions. I take a few minutes to just
    relax and collect my thoughts. Sometimes I’ll make a rough plan for
    the day, though usually I just identify a few key goals I want to
    accomplish.
  • More Active. Waking up earlier, for whatever reason, gives me
    more energy than sleeping late. The difference between sleeping from
    12:30-8 and 10:30-6, though both give my optimal 7.5 hours, is
    remarkable. By waking up before everything starts happening, I’m
    able to set a plan of attack instead of having to react to all the
    late-morning stimuli exploding around me. As a result, I don’t tire
    as easily later in the day.
  • Healthier. There are two main health benefits to waking up
    earlier. First and most obvious is lower stress. I lead a life that
    is almost completely free from long-lasting distress (as opposed to
    eustress, or good stress). I’m positive that waking up early helps
    with that, since as I stated before, I don’t have to react to
    anything right away. I can just chill for a good hour or so. The
    second health benefit is a greater duration of exposure to sun – one
    of the few places you can get vitamin D. Vitamin D is your friend.
    Vitamin D is important. Get more vitamin D. Wake up early!

Extra Reading

Here are a few links which go into greater depth on this topic, and
which offer some tips as to how to get up earlier painlessly:

Zen Habits – Ten Benefits of Waking Up Early and How to Do It

Wikihow – Wake Up Without an Alarm Clock

How to Wake Up Early