January 2016 archive

The Quiet Morning Hours – How I Became A Morning Person

“The early morning has gold in its mouth. ~Benjamin Franklin

I am not naturally a morning person. Not even by any stretch of the imagination. I love sleep. Like really.

I. Love. Sleep.

Because I have the luxury to set my own hours I can wake up as late as my kids wake. And they will sleep late if I coax them enough. But it bothered me to think that in a whole week I was losing 10 hours (at least!) by sleeping in. Do you know how much I can get done with 10 more hours in a week?! I mean, isn’t this what we constantly ask for? More time in our day. More time in our week. And I had it but I was sleeping it away.

“Life is waking up an hour early so you can live an hour more.” TCP-Quotes-1

So I went to see a hypnotist for a couple of weeks and though it changed my sleep desire dramatically and improved my overall life in other areas, I was still feeling tired and I was doing a very good job of making excuses.

Fast forward 3 months, more therapists and my physician, I was prescribed some medications (to treat other health and wellness issues). After another month or so of dosage changes to find the perfect balance, I slowly started waking early and getting into the routine of it. Slowly my mind, body, and soul started to see and reap the benefits of it.

It’s been almost three months since I have been waking an hour before the whole family gets up and it’s been a game-changer! I get so much more done in that hour of quiet than I do in the next 8 hours of the day.

“The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.” ~Philip Doddridge

Who knew how much I was missing out on?! Meditation, prayer, work, and trashy tv shows like The Real Housewives! But in all sincerity, there has been research that shows that waking up early has so many health benefits and advantages. I happen to agree with them. The links below are great resources on the benefits of early-rising.
Defend Your Research : The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm
Is Success A Sunrise Away? The Benefits of Waking Up Early

Are you a morning person? Are you an early riser?