One of my recent post listed top five things to improve our intelligence and it garnered some good responses from some of you. Over at Facebook, my friend SS and SV mentioned that point #4, which was about getting up early in the morning, seemed to be one of the trickier habits to form. It is one of those behavior patterns that is so ingrained in to our system that your body that is really a battle of willpower and conviction.
For years, I have mitigated this issue by simply ignoring it. What’s so important that one has to get up so early anyway?. If I wake at up 5 AM in the morning and played video games, is that still a good thing? ok, scratch that. I do consider playing video games in the morning to be a good thing. In fact, I would go so far as to say that playing video games any time of the day can be considered a good day. Coming back to the point of getting up early, there seems to be some evidence though that early rising can really have benefits for one’s general well-being. But this is not a one-size-fits all idea. Depending on our inner clock (circadian), the hours of our peak performance varies from person to person. It will be helpful to identify what kind of body type does one have and then change his/her sleeping cycle accordingly. How, you ask ?
The New York Times’ health blog recently posted an article which covers the science behind the human sleep cycle and ways in which you can change it suit your needs and get more out of your sleep.They also have handy questionnaire that one can use to identify what kind of body type they have and what are their peak performance hours and based on the results you can choose what changes you want to make.
From my experience, I know the method described in the article works since I have used it before when I was going to the gym early in the morning, until I fell of the wagon. Gradually changing our sleeping hours makes it easier to follow through and it does not affect your day drastically due to lack of rest. That last point is the most important one – get enough rest, if you could afford it.
I am curios to know if someone would really notice improvement in their overall well-being by waking early. Hopefully this helps some of you to give it an honest try. You can thank me later. I also accept any token of gratitude in dollar form (or equivalent rupees) .
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