Surely from time to time you plan to get up early in the morning, have time to do all your business and have a busy day. In other words, be as productive as possible. You set your alarm an hour earlier than usual, went to bed enthusiastic about starting that same new life, and the next morning you hated both the alarm and your decision, and went back to sleep with your face buried in the pillow.
Don't be hard on yourself in these situations. Strange advice, isn't it? After all, we all know that getting up early helps you get through the day much faster. And besides, almost all successful people are advised to accustom themselves to get up early and adhere to this advice themselves.
But do not rush and set the alarm again an hour or two earlier. According to a large number of studies, a healthy seven or eight hours of sleep is the main source of energy that allows us to be productive throughout the day.
Researchers at Brigham and the Women's Hospital in Boston followed 61 full-time students at Harvard for 30 days. Despite the fact that almost all students slept the same amount of time, those who went to bed and got up at different times throughout the week showed worse results in their studies than those who went to bed and got up at the same time.
The results showed that approximately the same time of going to bed and waking up in the morning had a positive effect on academic performance, and in general on a person’s well-being throughout the day.
The importance of a regular sleep schedule is supported by other studies. In 2018, researchers at Baylor University made similar observations of sleep habits in interior design students. The results are not surprising: the more irregular the bedtime and wake-up schedule, the worse the academic performance and success of students during the week.
So if the expression “wake up and shine” does not lead you to a single positive thought, then first of all try to adjust your regimen, focusing on the time when you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. Set your alarm for the most comfortable time for you to wake up and stick to that schedule throughout the week. The same goes for what time you go to bed.
Try to do it always at the same time to develop the right habit. In order not to inadvertently knock down the regime that is just beginning to improve, make sure that you do not doze off at the TV, otherwise the time when you have to go to bed will hopelessly get lost. If you consider yourself an owl and can’t go to bed before midnight in any way, try to force yourself to wake up at least half an hour earlier in the first days. And do not forget that a person needs an average of 7 or 8 hours of sleep in order for the body to recover and store energy for the next day during this time.