1. More time for yourself
If you live with other humans — little ones or adults — getting up early could give you some much-needed (and desperately wanted) time for yourself.
More time to sip that coffee slowly while flipping through the paper or just enjoying the silence can help prepare you to face a hectic day feeling a little more chill.
2. More time to exercise
If working out is important to you, but you often struggle to find the time, getting up early could be the ticket.
Getting your exercise in first thing remedies the temptation to skip workouts because of job or social commitments later in the day or plain old tiredness.
And while we’re on the subject of feeling tired, here’s another perk of morning workouts: Exercise initiates a surge of those feel-good endorphins that can improve your mood, lower stress and anxiety, and increase energy levels. You’re welcome.
3. Less time in traffic
Getting up and out of the house early can help you beat the usual traffic, which is pretty much a universal plus.
Less traffic doesn’t just save you time and money. It can also help protect your health and well-being, as research has linked sitting in traffic to:
4. Better sleep
Getting enough sleep comes with plenty of benefits:
- improved mood
- better concentration
- lower chance of obesity and other chronic diseases
On the flip side, a lack of quality sleep can:
- weaken your immune system, which means you might get sick more often
- raise your chance for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
- mess with your sex drive
5. Which can mean more energy
It’s true: Better sleep generally equals more energy.
If you’re going to bed earlier and getting better quality sleep, it’s not a huge leap to imagine you’ll wake up feeling more rested and refreshed for the day ahead.
6. Healthier skin
Rough nights can show on your skin in fine lines, wrinkles, paleness, and swollen or droopy eyelids. Sleep deprivation can also contribute to acne.
Good sleep helps keep your skin healthy. During sleep, your skin cells regenerate, while increased blood flow and collagen help repair environmental and UV damage.
Plus, going to bed earlier (you know, before you’re completely dead on your feet) gives you more time to practice good skin care, like washing your face. So don’t be surprised if you wake up with that morning glow.