The Early Bird Gets the Worm, But Doesn’t Keep It

Think about it. The person who gets up early wins. That rings true, but it has more to do with discipline than the actual hour one wakes up. Because the people that wake up early that are REALLY winning, the innovators and creators and leaders that wake up early, also went to bed early. They got their 7 or 8 hours of sleep. Surely, some of them only got 4 or 5, but they most certainly cannot perform most optimally because it is simply impossible.

Lots of working class people (not that there is anything wrong with being working class) simply never get ahead in life. And like anything else, it all comes down to self-knowledge. I woke up at 0600 to take a pis and considered making coffee and starting my day, and then I did the “quick-maths” 2+2=4-1 that’s three and realized I simply wouldn’t have slept enough because I went to bed past midnight.

In order to perform you must maintain. And from what I understand, getting anything less than 7 hours of sleep is not maintaining, but rather undermining, your cognitive abilities.

Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t recommend sleeping in when you’re expected to be at work, but let’s try to not force ourselves into that stressful position by getting to bed early if that is the case. Turn your stupid phone off. Turn the lights off, and don’t listen to crazy music or watch a thriller to get ready for bed. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. I like to set mine on airplane mode to have the alarm, but take away the temptation to sneak peaks. Let your brain do what it was designed to do, and ready yourself for the beautiful physical and spiritual experience of rest and replenishment.

The Bible says that, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows, for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” I just realized as I read that, that God says it’s vain to do the combination of rising early AND staying up late, which apparently results in the eating of the bread of sorrows! That’s cool.

Get some sleep!!! Here is a really cool longform interview with a neurologist on this topic, and I look forward to doing a book review of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep & Dreams