Psychologists reveal the benefits of being an early riser

Are you an early riser? Out of bed by 6:00 a.m.? Well, I am most days. Research shows that by rising earlier you have less reason for depression and your happiness quotient might just increase if you decide to reset your body clock by going to bed earlier, say 9:00 p.m. and rising by 6:00 a.m.

According to Psychiatric Research resetting your internal clock gets you back to a more natural, primitive state…think before light bulbs. So the thinking is this, go to bed when it’s dark, keep your bedroom dark and cool and you might just be less tired during the day.

Australian psychologist Dr Marny Lishman explained that waking up early also has an impact on people’s moods throughout the day.

She said that the human body’s natural circadian rhythm is to get up when the sun rises and go to bed not long after the sun sets.

‘We are actually wired to be awake in the daily light and asleep when it’s dark but in today’s society we push these natural boundaries and we sleep in way longer than we should, thereby missing out on valuable sunlight, socialising time and hobbies,’ Dr Lishman said.


How much sleep do you need? 

School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)

Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)

Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours

Adults (26-64): Sleep range is 7-9 hours

Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours

Source: National Sleep Foundation 

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