The Positives and Negatives of Waking Before the Crack of Dawn
New research is saying that waking up at 4 a.m. each morning may make you more money over time but could also wreak havoc on your health if you're not careful.
I've tried a bunch of different sleep patterns over the years. I've been an early riser and I've been a late riser. At one point in time, I worked overnights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and would sleep most of the day and wake up around four o'clock in the afternoon to start my day (I hated those work hours). I currently wake up right around 4 a.m and make sure I get at least seven hours of sleep most weeknights, if not ALL of them. It's a rare occasion when I am getting to bed later than 8:30-9 p.m.
This article I came across on NewYorkTimes.com has me thinking though–am I really getting enough sleep with even seven full hours? There are so many benefits to waking up super early, like getting your day started and knocking off a bunch of things on your to-do list before many are even awake. Also, you can fit in early morning exercise (and burn some serious fat), much like Michelle Obama does and swears by.
But are we chipping away at our life expectancy by getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night because our days and nights are jam-packed with work and life?
How much sleep do you get, and is it enough?