In the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle blog series I have nine tips on food. I guess you could say food plays a BIG part in building a healthy foundation for a healthy body. Today I am going to give you Tip #17: Early to Rise and it will be the third tip when it comes to sleep. Sleep is VERY important when it comes to supporting our bodies daily. Even when we eat healthy and exercise, but don’t get enough sleep at the right time we may fall below the wellness line.
Early bird gets the worm.
10 Benefits to Rise Early
- More Proactive: Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered in 2008 that early risers are more proactive in living a healthier lifestyle.
- Better Planners: Morning quiet time is used for organization, goal-setting, planning days, weeks and months.
- Exercise More: Early risers are more likely to exercise consistently which is beneficial to living a healthy lifestyle.
- More Restorative Sleep: Being in tune with the circadian rhythm of the body will give you more restorative sleep.
- More Energy: Studies have shown that even with the same hours of sleep, early birds have more energy and clearer minds.
- More Positive: Research has shown early birds are more optimistic, satisfied and content than night owls who are more likely to be depressed and negative.
- Less Rushed: Early risers are able to take the morning slowly and do the things they enjoy before rushing to get other things done.
- More Regular: Our large intestine has the most energy between 5 am-7 am. If we sleep through this time it can affect having a regular morning bowel movement.
- Better Digestion: There is a direct connection between the optic nerve and digestion. When sunlight hits the optic nerve, electrical impulses are transmitted, activating many processes of the body, including digestion. Our stomach has the most energy for digestion between 7 am- 9 am making it the perfect time for breakfast.
- More Productive: Most productive work is done in the mornings. Most television watching is done in the evenings.
Putting It All Together
It’s amazing how one good habit can spiral into many other good habits. Getting to bed earlier can help you get more sleep, which allows you to get up earlier and live a more proactive lifestyle of making good food choices, exercising, and having more energy to do the things you love and the things you need to do.
How are your sleep habits? Could they benefit from a little work? Do you feel like you are always rushing to get things done and then have no time to finish because you run out of energy before the end of the night? Are you ready to live a more proactive lifestyle and live a life of health and wellness? Then your next step may just be seeing how proactive you are currently living. I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your current Wellness Score.
Sleep is a very important part of living a more proactive lifestyle. If you know that sleep is an issue for you, but just not sure how to improve your sleep habits then I highly recommend our Growing E-Course, we go into more detail about sleep and tools to help you get a good night’s rest. We discuss more about the circadian rhythm of the body, the organ clock and how we can best support and balance our body to get the best sleep. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
***If you are interested in learning more about When You Snooze, You Lose comment below. I have a fun and information packed online Facebook Class that talks about this very topic.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
If you would like to learn more tips, click on the box. I will be adding tips daily.
Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
- I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.