I’m sure many of you have heard the adage “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. And it is not something you want to ignore.

This doesn’t mean that you have to be in bed by 9pm every night and up by 5am each morning. Be reasonable. What I’m saying is that you should always try to make it a point to go to bed before 11pm and get at least 8 hours worth of beauty sleep so that you can wake up the next morning feeling fresh and alert.

So what are the advantages of keeping to n early sleeping and waking schedule? Here are some that may make you reconsider your snooze habits.

#1 Your body’s clock is kept in check

If you don’t know by now, your body has a clock that “records” how your body functions at different times of the day. Realise why you wake up at 7am even on a weekend? That’s because you have acclimated your body to do exactly that during the weekdays.

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And by keeping your body clock in check, it also means every other function, including your bowel, digestive and even your breathing patterns, are kept healthy. Now you know why you need to use the toilet at the same time every morning.

#2 There’s a lesser chance of snacking

When you go to bed early, there is a lower chance of you feeling peckish later on in the night and snacking. We all know how we are discouraged to eat stuff right before bedtime, even more so if it is late at night.

And anyway, even if you do get hungry while you are already in bed, you will probably be too lazy to push away the covers and walk to the kitchen to find something to munch on.

#3 You can accomplish more things

Going to bed and waking up early also means that you get more daylight to do the things you have to do and want to do. In this instance, the saying “the early bird catches the worm” stands true.

Whether it is cleaning the house, running errands or even exercising, it is always better to do it in the early mornings because of the fresh air and smaller crowds. By the time the rest of the world has woken up, you will probably be taking a break with a good breakfast or brunch.

#4 Your mind is more alert

The way to a healthier mind is by practicing good sleep habits. With an early night and an early start to the day, your brain will be kept alert for longer due to adequate sleep and the fresh air.

It is also easier to reflect and plan your professional and/or personal life and this keeps your brain working actively throughout the day.

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