Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I’ve been thinking about Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote lately.

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

I think that there is definite validity to that quote. I know that when I get up early, I’m much more productive and I feel more energetic throughout the day. It’s kind of strange when you think about it, because you’d think that if you slept late, you’d have a lot more energy since you had all that extra sleep. But if I sleep late, I tend to be sluggish for the rest of the day and unlikely to feel like doing anything productive. Why? I’m not sure.

Aristotle said, way before Ben Franklin, a quote along the same lines (or maybe Franklin was paraphrasing Aristotle):

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”

With today’s modern, hectic lifestyle, it’s hard to get to bed early enough to wake up that early. Once we get home from work, there are so many things around the house we have to do – and we often have kids or pets vying for our attention. Some of us are lucky to be in bed by 11:30 or midnight.

Going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time every day is very important because it puts your body on a set schedule and keeps your internal clock consistent. The best thing to do about getting up at the same time every day is setting an alarm – and not hitting snooze when it goes off!

It may take a while to get into the habit of rising early, but it’s definitely worth it! There are so many things you can do in the early morning hours, so if you get them out of your mind and out of the way first, you won’t be worrying if you’ll have time to do them later on in the day.

9 thoughts on “Early to Bed, Early to Rise

  1. My body clock is so fixed now and I wake up at the same time at weekends without my alarm on which sucks but generally I agree, i prefer to be up early and go to sleep early!

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  2. I get up every day at 7.30 am. It’s usually because of something but I’m one of those people who just can’t lie in – no matter how much I’d like to! Even when I’m doing absolutely nothing on that day, I’ll always wake up at around 8am (and that’s early for a Saturday). Also, I find that I can’t stay up very late, either.

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  3. I recently read an article (will have to see if I can dig it up) about natural human circadian rhythms and the benefits of a divided sleep schedule. According to this article, the human body is actually more naturally prone to sleep from about 2a-7a and then 3p-7p (totaling nine hours of sleep a day) instead of one eight-hour stretch at night. The point of the article was that some people, like me, who have been diagnosed with “sleep disorders” are actually in step with (arguably) more natural sleeping patterns. The author/scholar/scientist (don’t remember which, though that might be an important detail) made sure to note that neither supersedes the other, but that we should find what works best for us.

    Personally, the divided schedule works so well for me. I get my morning goals/obligations taken care of, then get a nap in the early afternoon (when I am otherwise the least productive), and finally push through the late evening/early morning when I am often the most creative. ^_^

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    1. That’s interesting. I’d like to try out that schedule and see if it works for me, but work interferes with it. If I get tired during the afternoon, I take a fifteen-minute nap and I’m usually good for another 8 hours or so until I go to bed. But… everyone’s body is different. Thanks for the comment!

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  4. I firmly believe in the mental and physical health benefits of getting a full nights sleep and psychological advantage of rising at an early hour. Unfortunately, too many times I find myself burning the candle at both ends. Constitutionally, I hate sleeping in. Once the sun starts to rise, I fel that I am wasting valuable time.

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