Are Early Risers More Successful?

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It easy, if not logical, to conclude that early risers – people that wake up at or before 7 a.m. – have more time in the day to be productive than late risers or ‘night owls’ – people that do not. They likewise appear to be more organized, disciplined, focused, not to mention, hardworking. But are early risers more successful?

Early risers are more successful, not necessarily because they wake up early, but because of other interesting traits, they share. It is not really when you wake up that matters but what you do after.

While there is simply not enough scientific evidence to prove that early risers end up more successful because of that fact, there are a lot of advantages and benefits attached to waking up early.

There exist many renowned people and celebrities in the technology, scientific, and entertainment industries that wake up early and are known to be very successful. Read on to learn more.


Who Are Early Risers?

Early risers are people who get up early in the morning at or before 7 a.m. They start their day earlier than everyone else and as such, tend to have more time in their hands.

Early risers often wake up to no distractions for at least a few hours as opposed to a late riser. This – the time that waking up early affords – gives them an advantage from the very get-go.

Take for example a mother who is an early riser. Say she gets up at 4:30, she can attend to all her morning duties; answer all her emails, take her time preparing for work, make breakfast, and have some personal time, before she has to wake the kids up and get them ready for school.

Oftentimes, early risers are people who have grown accustomed to waking up early such that their bodies can function properly with as little as six to eight hours of sleep.

The average adult person needs eight or more hours to function properly during the day. If you are not the kind of person who can work with a short duration of sleep, then do not bother trying to wake up by 4 a.m doing so may make you sleep deficient.

Early risers are said to be more persistent, disciplined, and active in whatever they put their hands to do.

They are more likely to have a productive day, especially when a said person operates with a schedule, they are less likely to become tired within the day. There are also less likely to be frustrated during the day.

Many early risers have expressed that they feel more creative and productive in the early hours of the day since they have to cope with few distractions.

Waking up early also makes the early riser feel they are ahead in the day than the rest of us who press the snooze button until past eight.


What Advantages Does An Early Riser Have Over Others?

Early risers have certain advantages over late risers, they include:


1.  They Are More Active And Productive In The Day

Early risers, compared to the average late riser, are more active during the day. They carry out more tasks and are more likely to meet or complete their daily goals than late risers.

They are likewise less prone to fatigue within the day as waking up early better prepares and gives them energy for the day ahead.
More time can mean more productivity as such, early risers are very productive within the day.

While the rest of the world is still deeply asleep, some spend their early morning churning out their best and most creative work.

Others use that time to take care of minor tasks so that their late mornings and afternoons can be centered on the main tasks, either way, the early riser is more productive with their day and often earn more because of this.


2.  They Are More Organised

A lot of us can attest to the fact that organization requires time to effectively do. You simply cannot effectively plan your day when you are trying to beat rush hour traffic to get to work – you need time to plan.

While late risers wake up confronted with a panoply of equally important tasks and as such, are often at a loss of what to do, the early riser has no such problem.

Given how much time they have between when they get up and when they have to set out for the day, the early riser has time to adequately plan the day in detail. This makes them always appear organized and prepared for what needs to be done.


3.  They Are More Consistent

A study showed that early risers were far more likely to remain consistently productive than late risers or people who do not experience their most productive period early in the morning.

While early risers are dependably productive in the morning, late risers experience an inconstancy in their productivity throughout the day.

According to another study, early risers were also less likely to procrastinate. They were described as more persistent and cooperative with the people around them. They were also seen to be more intentional and assertive with their goals.

When I used to rise late, I would encounter problems achieving everything I set out to do in a day. However, as I learned to adjust my routine to rise early, I noticed a stark difference in terms of my productivity.

Now I can properly plan my activities and put myself to carry them out. I also have greater control over my mental and physical well-being and can starve off distractions to achieve positive results.


4.  They Get A Fuller Package

Early risers live the premium life. They get more time to do whatever they so desire. Within a busy week, early risers can make out time to do just about anything they want.

They also have better relationships with people around them because they are less likely to wake up grumpy or sad for no apparent reason.

They also lead healthier lives. They are more conscious of their physical, mental, and emotional health. Their lives are often stress-free and this helps to avoid all the ailments that are associated with stress and improve their general well-being.


Celebrities Who Wake Up Early

Below is a list of celebrities and famous people who are known to wake up early:


1.  Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is an early riser. The former FLOTUS wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and does some workouts before her daughters wake up. She believes that exercising helps her stay happy and does a lot of good for her mental health.


2.  Tim Cook

The current Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Timothy Donald Cook, is known to be an early riser. The Apple boss gets up at 3:45 a.m. which is extremely early by any standard.

He spends his mornings checking and answering emails and keeping up with colleagues and subordinates, even the ones in other time zones. Thereafter, he goes to the gym to keep fit and healthy.


3.  Jack Dorsey

Jack Patrick Dorsey, the co-founder and Chief Executive of Twitter Inc., is another early riser. He starts his day at 5:30 a.m. Soon after, Jack goes jogging, usually taking a six-mile route, and spends some time meditating.


4.  Tim Armstrong

AOL’s boss, Tim Armstrong, wakes up at 5:00 a.m. and spends the morning reading, working on his site, and going to the gym for workout sessions. The former Google executive also uses the time to connect with his daughter, who wakes up just as early.


5.  Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, Virgin Atlantic honcho, is also one of the early risers. The English business magnate starts his day at 5:45 a.m. and spends the time in the gym, getting in shape and eating a good breakfast. Even when he is on his private island, the Virgin Group founder keeps to this routine.


6.  Tim Gunn

Fashion Icon, author, and television personality, Timothy MacKenzie Gunn, is known to start his typical day early. He wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and reads the dailies with an espresso, his choice beverage, in hand. He begins the day with some exercises, even before he gets up from bed.


7.  Sergio Marchionne

The late Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Marchionne, woke up extremely early at 3:30 a.m. After which he went straight to work, dealing with business in the European market.

The Italian-Canadian worked very hard and did not like to waste his time doing something else. According to some accounts, the late Sergio did not like holidays very much as he tried his best to work every day.


Is It Better To Be An Early Riser?

Being an early riser has some advantages over waking up after 7 a.m. There are the productivity and organizational benefit attached to waking up early.

Likewise, there is a health benefit to waking up early. Physically, it takes care of the stress that comes with having to deal with so much the moment you awake. Mentally, it helps you build confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Switching your sleeping pattern is however not something you can or should just change overnight. And while many have successfully become early risers by sheer will, there is a healthy method to making the switch.

The key is to do it slowly. Do not go from waking up at 8:00 a.m. to waking at 3:45 a.m. because you heard that is what successful people do, you could cause serious damage to your health. Instead, you should start a little earlier than your usual wake-up time and go from there; make the transition very slowly.

Here are comprehensive morning routine guide that will equip you with the right directives, tools, and resources as you embark to transit into an early morning routine- How to wake up at 5 am without feeling tired, the ultimate guide to waking up at 4 am without being cranky.

Always keep in mind that you do not necessarily have to change your sleeping pattern to be successful. What successful early risers have in common is discipline and a routine that works for them.

Try to wake up at least an hour and a half before you have to leave for home. For example, if you have to clock in at the office by 9 a.m., do not wake up anytime later than 7:30. This time will help your brain process what needs to be done in the day and how to go about it.


What Does An Early Riser Get In The Morning?

Time is essentially what distinguishes an early riser from others. By waking up earlier than everyone else, they create time in the morning for themselves.

Most successful early risers put this time to good use. They create an effective morning routine that helps them focus and remain conscious of their task throughout the day.

Some go for morning walks, others work out and a handful dive straight into their work; whatever the routine may be, it helps them prepare for the day.

Combined with a morning routine, waking up early can change a person’s life. Early risers are much more organized from the very start of the day. They have improved moods and are healthier – they get to eat a good breakfast and lead a stress-free life


Are Early Risers Happier?

A study found that people who wake up early are generally happier than people who do not.

The study suggested that the reason why early risers were happier was that their body clock worked in synchronization with work patterns and school timetables, unlike late risers or ‘night owls’.

Besides, if you started your day with serenity as you find in the early hours of the day, you will certainly be happier than someone who wakes up confronted with the rowdy goings-on of the world. Likewise, if you feel confident and in control of your life, you will be less testy with the people you meet in the day.



Early risers lead a fantastic life but it is important to point out that waking up early is not all that is necessary to ensure an improved life. There is still a need to make good use of time by utilizing it to prepare for the day ahead.


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