To Be Successful You Must Wake with the Sun....True? Or False?
You have likely heard that successful people are notorious early risers.
In fact, some studies have shown that 90% of executives wake up before 6am on weekdays, and nearly 50% of self-made millionaires wake up at least three hours before their workday actually begins.
But is this really the case?
The reality is every body is unique and different, however most of us fall into being either ‘owls’, ‘larks’ or ‘in-betweeners’. This is called your chronotype and describes whether you are you a morning person or evening person – or something in the middle.
Chronotypes are genetic traits and like being blonde or brunette, there isn’t one that is better or worse – unless you choose a career or lifestyle which is opposite of your nature. A morning person will struggle with the consistent late nights of being a bartender for example, while an evening person will struggle to find their personality on a 6am shift at the local coffee shop.
Someone who is an evening person won’t be at their best if they try to wake earlier than needed. While for a morning person waking early is simply natural.
The truth is that our bodies are built to respond to the cycles of the sun called circadian rhythms, so our ancestors’ days would have been waking up to the rising of the sun. However, with the invention of electric lights, daylight savings, the industrial revolution and lack of time spent outdoors, our natural rhythm is out of sync.
Reality today means it’s just not practical for most of us to be waking with the sun – as at some points in the year that could mean 4am and others 8am. And for an evening person, it would be even more of a strain on their bodies.
There are certainly plenty of examples of highly successful night owls, but most evening people don’t have the luxury of sleeping in their fast-paced, demanding lives and must adapt to waking earlier than their ideal.
So what should you do to be successful? Lark or Owl, I advise my clients to establish a consistent morning routine.
While, work situations and energy levels are unique to each person, getting up at a consistent time whether that's 5am or 8am and creating a routine that works for you is the important piece. Maybe you use the time to eat a nutritious breakfast or clear out your inbox, meditate or exercise, no matter what you choose to do, it gives you a block of time that you control before the obligations and distractions of the day arise. A consistent morning routine not only sets the tone of your day, but prepares your body and mind to easily manage any unexpected things that come your way.
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