Early risers are happier, more productive, and make more money: US survey
People who are early risers, especially those who rise really early, report having higher productivity levels, salaries, and quality of life than people who wake up late, according to two recent surveys in the US.
The survey was conducted by Amerisleep, an American manufacturer of memory foam mattresses based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Amerisleep separately polled 510 “early risers”, meaning those typically up and at between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., and 506 “late risers”, people who wake up between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., to uncover how certain wake-up times affect everything from mood to salary.
Among the early riser crew, the most common wake-up time is 6 a.m. But that time didn’t yield the highest productivity. Per the survey, people who get themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn— 4 a.m.—responded they felt “highly productive” 71 percent of the time.
Compare that to people who sleep until 11 a.m, the least likely group to report being productive, they’re only productive 36 percent of the time.
Getting things done isn’t the only perk of setting an early alarm. On average, early risers earn $45,725 a year, nearly $15,000 more per year than the average late-riser’s salary of $30,835.
Those with 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. wake-up calls make the most, $48, 582 and $48,339 respectively, while those used to getting out of bed at noon earn the least, with an average income of $22,689.
Early risers also tend to be the happiest and most satisfied with their quality of life. Morning people were more likely to say their health, sleep quality, and social life were excellent, compared to those who typically sleep late.
It makes sense that waking up early exposes you to more daylight, adds hours to your day, and cultivates productivity, which could potentially yield higher earnings.
But if you’ve been thinking about training yourself to become a morning, it can absolutely be done. In fact, a lot of people who get up early now, weren’t always this chipper.
As the study finds, of the group of early risers, only half of them claim to have always been that way, while the other half either had to or chose to become early risers.
Rising early in the morning is inherently beneficial. But incorporating prayer at this time will maximize the gain.
Tahajjud, also known as the "night prayer", is a voluntary prayer performed by followers of Islam. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was recorded as performing the night prayer regularly himself and encouraging his companions too.
Other prophets before Muhammad (PBUH) also recommended their followers to pray at this holy time.
Numerous Qur'anic verses hadiths have reinforced the importance of rising early and performing night prayers.