Waking Up an Hour Early: Good or Bad?
What will happen if you take one hour off your sleep routine? Since most of us have no clue about our sleeping patterns and the effect they have on our daily activities, we feel reluctant to change anything that’s sleep-related. Still, let’s pull on the thread and see what would happen if you deduct an hour of sleep in the morning.
Reasons for Sleep Routine Changes
What would happen if you would wake up one hour off your normal routine? Your first reaction to this question will probably be, “Why would anyone want to wake up early?” Well, there’s more than one reason and not all of them are in our power. For instance, when the clock shifts due to daylight savings time (DST), you must unwillingly change your sleep routine.
In addition, with a new job sleep patterns are doomed to encounter some changes. Of course, changes are not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, there’s almost an equal number of pros and cons in terms of getting an hour off your normal routine.
Consequences of Waking up One Hour Early
Regardless of why you need to do it, sleeping one hour less than usual will mess up your sleeping schedule. This may prove to be harmful for several reasons. First of all, the lack of consistency in your sleeping pattern can mess up your circadian rhythm. According to the National Sleep Foundation, our circadian biological clock can be influenced even by getting up just an hour early. Consequently, you’ll have problems falling asleep at night and have trouble waking up in the morning.
Your body is a well-oiled machine and although it may not seem that way, an hour of sleep can make all the difference to both your sleeping cycles and your daily routine. In fact, the hour of sleep will not only be felt when you wake up or go to bed. Instead, you’ll get a feeling of weariness and fatigue that’ll stay with you until your body readjusts.
Benefits of Waking up One Hour Early
If you take a look at sleep routines of some of the most successful people in the world, you’ll notice that, on average, they tend to get up somewhere between 5-6 AM. As Ben Franklin had it: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
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You’ll often hear that an hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours asleep after. This claim certainly has some truth in it, and you can read the full write-up here. Speaking of getting up early, there are also positive sides of checking-out from the dream world an hour sooner.
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Getting another hour of activity every day for a week means you’ve “created” a full work day.
If you’re a night owl, this might not apply. But, have you ever known the satisfaction of going to bed at 7 PM? Seriously. And, if you wake up an hour earlier, you’ll be tired enough to do so!
It seems that no one gives a hoot how late you go to sleep. But, people stare slack jawed in astonishment when you inform them of how early you get up. (Especially, when it’s 4AM.)
Although waking up an hour early has both positive and negative side, we’ll have to conclude that waking up one hour off your normal sleep routine can be a tough endeavor but at the same time one that will pay off in the long-term. Given these points, if you’re having issues having a good night’s sleep, try taking an hour off your normal routine and see how it goes. If you need a little help “feeling tired”, our blue light blocking Swannies do the trick. Wear them a couple hours before you want to go to sleep, and your eyes, having been deprived of the “daytime” light will naturally prepare you for sleep with a flood of melatonin. #winning Get your pair today.
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