Wake up with the sun and regain control of your life

April 3, 2008

A photo of a sunrise

Most people in college and just out of it are night owls. I even know one or two who regularly sleep until noon. This behavior is reinforced by a student culture that emphasizes socializing at night as the highest priority. As a wise man once said, that's no way to go through life, son. I wake up every morning at 6:00 AM on the dot. Sometimes I use my alarm clock. Sometimes I don't. Either way, during winter I'm up before the sun and during summer I wake with the sun. As a result, my days are more productive, more active, and healthier. Ben Franklin had it right when he wrote “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Extra Reading

Here are a few links which go into greater depth on this topic, and which offer some tips as to how to get up earlier painlessly: Zen Habits - Ten Benefits of Waking Up Early and How to Do It Wikihow - Wake Up Without an Alarm Clock How to Wake Up Early