Most of us never see the hour of 5am. We spend it blissfully unaware of the wider world, deep in sleep, slumbering away until our alarms shock us into the waking world a good hour or two later.
But are we missing out on valuable – and potentially productive – hours? Famously, figures such as Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Branson and even Tim Cook were early risers – getting up early to get on with work, and becoming mightily successful as a result.
But why should you follow suit, set your alarm, and join the 5am club?
You have more energy
Despite feeling eye-rubbingly lethargic when we get up, the early morning is the time of day when we actually have the highest reserves of energy – thanks to building them up during sleep.
Most of us tend to have our spare time at the end of the day, in the evening. But, because we structure our days in this way, the majority of spare time is spent once we’ve already worked a full day – and we therefore use it sluggishly watching TV rather than exercising or working as we might if our free time was on a morning.
You get peace
Not many people are up at 5am, so you’ll find it easier to get some uninterrupted, quiet time all to yourself. You can work and concentrate – gathering your thoughts for the day ahead and having a more organised, steady start than those jumping out of bed half an hour before they have to leave the house.
You’ll never be late
It’s never nice to start your day feeling rushed. If you have to skip breakfast, take a five minute shower and don’t have time to read the newspaper, you’ll be stepping out on the back foot.
Wake up at 5am, however, and you’ll suddenly have time to get up to date on current affairs, thoroughly wash and groom yourself and make a hearty – not to mention healthy – breakfast. And, with your pace significantly more leisurely, you’ll also never be late to work.
You’ll be happier
Researchers from the University of Toronto sound that those who rise earlier are both healthier and happier than those who sleep in.
Published in the journal Emotion, the study revealed that by waking up earlier, our biological clocks are set to a more beneficial schedule, and early risers have a higher satisfaction overall with their lives.