Waking up at 5AM

Waking up can be one of the most difficult and dreaded parts of going to work. But for some of the most successful people in art, business and sports, rising early is key to their success. There are amazing benefits available to you when you wake up at 5 AM every morning that can bring you health and productivity, two things that are important for success. Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his mornings at 3:45 a.m., Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck wakes at 4 a.m. and Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama have been known to rise at the crack of dawn. Here are a few benefits to being an early riser!

1) Healthier

Waking up early gives tour a jump on the day. This makes it a lot easier to fit in that exercise routine and also eat a balanced breakfast before diving into your daily tasks. Shifting your fitness routine to the morning allows for you to not use the excuse of physical and mental exhaustion after a long day to skip the gym.

2)Mental Clarity

Starting your day early improves your concentration. In addition to being able to focus on goals and task lists without being interrupted by family members or coworkers, getting up early means that by the time you get to work or school, you’ve had hours to properly acclimate yourself to the day. You’ll be more alert during peak hours as a result. There is also peace and quiet in the world first thing in the morning. Not only are there zero distractions, which will allow you to enjoy peace and quiet, but you’ll also find that your daily commute is easier if you leave an hour earlier and beat all the traffic.

3)Productivity

Most successful people report that they’re up at 5 am, or even earlier. Early risers tend to be more productive for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Having more time to focus on important tasks while the rest of the world is asleep. This also translates to fewer interruptions.

  • Brains tend to be most alert in the morning. If you’re able to focus without interruptions early in the day, you’ll get more done.

  • You tend to make better decisions and think more clearly in the morning than in the afternoon and evening. Setting your goals first thing will help you achieve them.

The benefits of being an early riser are hard to ignore. If getting up early seems like a daunting task, take it slow. Start by waking up earlier 15min each week until you’ve reached your desired time, make sure you are in bed earlier and put your alarm clock in another room forcing you to get out of bed and start your day!