Waking Up Early Can Make You More Relaxed and Productive

They say, “the early bird gets the worm”, and this phrase can easily relate to your work life. If you are looking for ways to improve your mood, your productivity, and produce a more relaxed approach to work in general – try getting up an hour early for the next few days.

Get up early?

Why would you want to get up earlier when you are already exhausted most of the time and just want to get some extra rest? According to a recent study by Aachen University in Germany, scientists discovered there are marked differences in the brains of night owls and early risers. Staying up too late consistently or not having a regular bedtime contributes to depression and white fatty cells in the brain. Early risers, however, are less likely to suffer from depression and other states that reduce productivity and mood.

How to Start Getting Up Earlier

You may have noticed and been slightly annoyed by a boss or co-workers who seem to arrive at work all bright and smiling at the crack of dawn. But, they are probably working circles around you, because they are already warmed up and focused on their jobs hours before you even come out of your coffee coma.

To start participating in being a more productive and relaxed worker, get an alarm clock and set it 15 minutes earlier for a week. Get up and don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button. Each week, increase the time by 15 minutes sooner until your body has time to acclimate. Likewise, start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each week until your circadian rhythm is established.

Consider your energy levels, your mood, and your productivity at work after a few weeks. You should see a big difference and your boss will likely notice this too!

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