Written by: Hugo Sanchez
May 04, 2022

Waking up early: A mental health game changer

Like many entrepreneurs, I work 12 to 15 hours a day. After my last meeting, typically at 5, I enter the third phase of my day: the classic night owl productivity. I was constantly on-the-go, tired and stressed.

I wake up to sound of my already-snoozed-for-the-third-time alarm. I have a meeting in half an hour, yet I stay a few more minutes in bed. In an audacious show of efficiency, I rush through my morning and make it to that Zoom call with a hot coffee and a smile. One of the perks of being my own boss is that I get the flexibility to wake up as late as I wanted.

Like many entrepreneurs, I work 12 to 15 hours a day. After my last meeting, typically at 5, I enter the third phase of my day: the classic night owl productivity. I was constantly on-the-go, tired and stressed.

One day, I was so tired that I decided to wake up at 5 am and finish my work in the morning instead... and I LOVED IT. It was so quiet, no email comings, no voices outside, my mind was fresh and relaxed. It was intimate time for myself. Not I did my work and got a headstart to my day. I planned my meetings with my clients and it was a very successful day. I decided to make it a thing.

Benefits of waking up early

1. Significantly lower risk of depression

A JAMA Psychology study, found that waking up 1 hour earlier is correlated to a 23 percent lower risk of major depressive disorder - albeit causation is uncertain.

2. Improves productivity and cognitive function

There is a big cultural adulation for early risers and for a reason. In a HBR study called, The Early Bird Does Get The Worm. "Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them, my survey showed. They’re proactive," says the author, Dr. Christoph Randler. The study correlates waking up early with career success.

3. Gives you a head start

Here is a list of benefits of waking up early:

  • Gives you a head start of your day.
  • Allows you to prioritize your day head.
  • Give you some quality, quiet me-time.
  • Allows you install a healthy morning routine.
  • Gives you time to workout, journey and meditate in peace.
  • You get enough time to prepare a substantial breakfast.
About the Author

Hugo Sanchez

Founder, at MoonDesk Media
A passionate entrepreneur and life student. I’ve been in the coaching and consulting business for 14 years. I founded MoonDesk Media to provide top-notch digital marketing experiences to Coaches and Consultants.

Hugo Sanchez

Writes about: Mindfulness, Rest
Miami Beach, FLorida
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