Waking up early

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Aristotle advised rising early
Benjamin Franklin wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty

Waking up early is a productivity method of rising early and consistently so as to be able to accomplish more during the day. This method has been recommended since antiquity and is presently recommended by a number of personal development gurus. The philosopher Aristotle said, "It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom."

Personal development writers have claimed that a habit of waking up early can be developed through practice and correct preparation.[citation needed]

Commentary[edit]

Within the context of religious observances, spiritual writers have called this practice "the heroic minute", referring to the sacrifice which this entails.[1]

Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise". It is a saying that is viewed as a commonsensical proverb. He is also quoted as saying: "The early morning has gold in its mouth", a translation of the German proverb "Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund".

"The early bird gets the worm" is a proverb that suggests that getting up early will lead to success during the day.

James Thurber, in his book Fables for our Time, ended the Fable of the Shrike:[2] "Early to rise and early to bed, makes a Shrike healthy, and wealthy, and dead".

In his book "Ender's Game", Orson Scott Card puts the following words in Mazer Rackham's mouth: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes".

Criticisms[edit]

Such recommendations may cast individuals with different natural sleep patterns as lazy or unmotivated when it is a much different matter for a person with a longer or delayed sleep cycle to get up earlier in the morning than for a person with an advanced sleep cycle. In effect, the person accustomed to a later wake time is being asked not to wake up an hour early but 3–4 hours early, while waking up "normally" may already be an unrecognized challenge imposed by the environment.

The bias toward early morning can also adversely affect adolescents in particular. Teenagers tend to require at least 9 full hours of sleep each night,[3] and changes to the endocrine system during puberty shift the natural wake time later in the morning.[4] Enforcing early start times despite this can have negative effects on mood, grades, and social skills.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Escrivá, Josemaría (1939), "Number 206", The Way 
  2. ^ Thurber, James (31 Mar 1983). Fables for our time. James Thurbur (illus.) (Rei Ill ed.). HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-090999-4. 
  3. ^ "Teen sleep: Why is your teen so tired?". Mayo Clinic. 
  4. ^ "Later start times for high school students". University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. June 2002. 
  5. ^ "School Start Time and Sleep". National Sleep Foundation. 
  6. ^ O'Callaghan, Tiffany (2010-07-06). "Study: teens benefit from later school start". Time. 

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