People Who Wake Up Early Are Healthier and More Proactive at Work


Ever wondered why some people naturally wake up at the crack of dawn while others hit snooze a few times before lifting themselves out of bed? Some experts believe it might be due to your chronotype, your personal biological clock, which is party controlled by your genetics.

If you're a natural early riser, science is apparently in your favor. Insider reports your morning routine could be linked to a host of benefits, ranging from being happier and more proactive in the workplace to having a lower BMI than those who hit snooze. 

This is what science says your morning ritual says about you:

You're generally happier…

A 2012 study found that people who rise earlier in the morning tend to have higher self-reported happiness than those who sleep in. While the authors don't establish that waking early causes happiness, it does suggest a correlation. Researchers suggest that early sunlight exposure might affect your mood and help you feel more alert to address the demands of the day ahead. 

You might be better at keeping weight off…

A Brown University study examined roughly 700 people on the National Weight Control Registry, a database of people who have managed to lose 30 pounds and keep the weight off. Researchers found that those in the NWCR were more likely to be early risers, compared with a control group of overweight people. 

You probably excel at work…

Biologist and chronotype researcher Christoph Randler told Harvard Business Review that he's found morning people "tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities." He also points out that early risers are proactive and "also anticipate problems and try to minimize them." While these generalizations are hard to substantiate, his comments are in line with what we know about a number of high-profile early risers like Michelle Obama and Richard Branson, who say their respective a.m. routines are critical to a successful day.

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