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Benefits of Being an Early Riser

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They say the early bird catches the worm, but aside from getting a head start on the day, what are the main advantages of waking up early? It turns out, there are a lot more than you might think. Night owls might want to consider slowly adjusting their body clocks to get on a different schedule. Here's what you can more easily achieve as a morning person.

More Family Time
Waking up with the sun allows you to accomplish more early in the day, which means your evenings aren't as jam packed as they otherwise would be. You'll be able to get out of work earlier and spend more time with your family, whether that means a more relaxing dinner or just an hour or two spent on the couch with everyone unwinding from the day.

Healthier Lifestyle
Not all early birds are necessarily healthier than night owls, but waking up with the sun allows you the chance to get in a good workout before you start the day. This will give you a natural energy boost that could potentially make you even more productive and likely to make healthier decisions during the day.

Beat the traffic by getting up early.Beat the traffic by getting up early.

Easier Commute
When you begin your day earlier, you can get a head start on your commute to work and potentially miss the rush of the standard 9-5 shift. Trains and buses won't be as congested, and the roads will be somewhat clearer when many people are still in bed. Likewise, you can leave work earlier than the rest of the professional crowd and beat them home. Your ride to and from the office or jobsite will be so much more laid back and less stressful as a result.

Quieter Work Space
There's nothing like that first hour in the office when there's nobody there and you can answer your emails in peace and quiet. It's not that you don't love your coworkers - it's just that they sometimes want to chat or ask questions when all you want to do is churn out your work. Arriving a little earlier than usual will let you get some of the more challenging, looming projects out of the way before there are many chances for distraction.

Waking up earlier can make it easier to cross items off your to-do list.Waking up earlier can make it easier to cross items off your to-do list.

Better Productivity
Not only does waking up early get you in the office before everyone else, but it could also make you more productive as a whole. The reasoning is simple: You have more time in the day to devote to crossing items off your to-do list without as much distraction.