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.