It’s easy for important life habits to start dropping away due to a lack of time during the day, which leaves only one option: getting up earlier! Everybody loves to sleep, and very few of us feel like we sleep enough. With our busy lives, it’s a wonder we’re able to sleep at all. So it may come as a surprise to you that I’m recommending that you start waking up a little earlier—but I promise it’s for a really good reason.
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
We all know that eight hours of sleep is the “ideal” amount of sleep for humans, but is that really the case? The actual range of sleep that is required by adults is actually 7-8 hours, and the quality of sleep you get is much more important than the actual amount of time you spend sleeping. If you’re wary about this, start by setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual. As you begin to get used to waking up 30 minutes earlier, you’ll find it easier to wake up earlier and earlier than ever before.
A Chance to Exercise
Sadly, exercise is one of the first things busy people drop from their schedules when they have too much to do. One of the best reasons to get up early is to give you the opportunity to get some exercise. Whether it’s jogging or yoga, an early morning workout not only allows you the chance to exercise, it supercharges you for the day ahead! Even if all you can spare is 20 minutes, it will make a difference. And you don’t need a home gym to do it! Yoga, push-ups, and aerobics all require little or no equipment to perform.
An Opportunity to Clear Your Mind and Focus on the Day Ahead
Do you know what the best thing about the early morning is? The silence and solitude it offers. If you’re a busy parent, there are very few times in the day where you have a moment to sit and think in silence. Waking up early in the morning could give you that opportunity. Are you guilty of skipping breakfast? Waking up a little earlier will give you time to eat the most important meal of the day, and start your day off with more energy and less stress than ever before.
My name is Jessica Cox, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my life and the lives of others. If you’re interested in allowing me to help the attendees at your convention, meeting, or faith-based gathering discover their hidden strengths and learn to live their best possible life, please call me at 520-505-1359 or contact me on my website.