I know, I know, it’s a cardinal sin to wake up before 10am when you’re in college…and here I am, waking up at 6:30am and telling you to do the same. Oh, the horror, the savagery.
But, believe it or not, there are several reasons to wake up before the rest of your dorm building does. Let me know in the comments below if I’ve swayed your mind, and what time of day you like to wake up!
1. More time to be productive
In 2010, Christoph Randler, a Harvard biologist, discovered that early-risers are more likely to be productive. This correlates to a string of other studies that show people who wake up before 8am are more likely to get good grades, be healthier, and be happier.
I don’t know about all that, but I do know that my roommates are dead to the world till at least noon, and that gives me plenty of time to catch up with school work/read a book/write a blog post (which I’m doing right now!)/etc.
2. FOOD. ALL THE FOOD.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the one that people are most likely to skip. However, there is something luxurious about having an hour to just sit back, cook yourself something you love, and eat a good meal before the day starts. My personal favorite breakfast is instant noodles with a poached egg, vegetables, tofu, and some chili flakes. Also, matcha lattes. Even if you don’t have time for this, something like cereal with berries will help jump start your morning.
3. Quiet time
I don’t like labeling myself, but I suppose I’m what you would call an ‘introvert’. As I get used to being around people 24/7, the thing that helps me not go insane is waking up early. Why? Because it’s dead silent – I can finally think in peace. In the morning, I focus on my goals, my schedule, and my attitude. Making a conscious decision to be happy and grateful is really therapeutic, and making that decision all by myself, in the silence of the morning, is refreshing.
NOTE: Waking up early is all well and good, but to get your circadian rhythm in check you need to make sure you have at least eight hours of sleep a day. Sleep is not for the weak, it’s for everyone…!