If the thought of seeing the sunrise or getting dressed while it’s still dark break you out in a cold sweat, you’re not alone. They say the early bird catches the worm, but for many of us, we’d forgo that worm altogether for just a few more minutes of sleep. While night owls have long been thought to have the advantage when it comes to creativity, research suggests that early birds have the advantage on pretty much every other measure of success. In fact, a study published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Emotion reveals that, among 700 adult participants, early risers were more mentally and physically fit than their night owl counterparts. Other studies also suggest that morning people are more optimistic, more productive, and may even live longer than those who burn the midnight oil.
The good news? Even if, at this very moment, you have a hard time conceptualizing that there’s a 6 A.M. and that people are actually up and getting things done at that time of day, you still have time to become one of them. You can get more done, get healthier, and even lose those last 10 pounds starting today by discovering the 41 ways to become a morning person. And when you’re ready to wake up healthier, happier, and more refreshed, make the 25 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight a priority, too.