How Sleep Affects Willpower || The Relationship Between Sleep and Willpower

The Relationship Between Sleep and Willpower: - Even though there are 24 hours in a day, we often do not have enough time. They say that Napoleon slept only 4 hours a day, which is probably why all of Europe fell at his feet. To take an example from Napoleon is not worth it, because we remember how it all ended for him. But getting enough sleep quickly so that there is more time for self-development and creation is positive.

How sleep affects willpower

It is during the morning hours that we can be most productive. But this is on condition that we went to bed on time.

The hormones we need are produced from about 10 pm to 3 am. And this time is quite enough to restore the body and psyche.

You can, of course, come up with an excuse that getting up early is a lot of the so-called "larks", and "owls" are better off sleeping more. However, the reality is that there is only about 10 percent of real "larks" and 10 percent of real "owls", and everything else is a matter of habit. And the secret is simple: to learn to get up early, you just need to learn to go to bed early. And then we will wake up without any alarm, simply because the body will have time to recover even before the sun rises.


Owl or lark: who is better to be

Science has proven that there are only three genes that determine which mode a person is best to live in - waking up sooner or later. Professor Simon Archer believes that even genetic information can be changed through habit.

So, in the study of Archer, "owls" and "larks" were placed in the same environment - in natural conditions without the influence of electric light. And within a week, their biological clocks became equal, and people performed their daily activities equally efficiently. Therefore, the habit of getting up early can be developed if you adjust your life rhythm and accustom yourself to living in harmony with nature: go to bed around sunset (at least in summer this is quite important) and wake up before sunrise.

Other interesting studies reveal some interesting characteristics of "owls" and "larks." For example, one study shows that early risers are less selfish.

Also, according to the same study, "larks" are more tolerant of changes, that is, they are easier to adapt to any changes, be it in the daily routine or in the world. But owls, according to this study, are most often narcissists. Other research shows that early risers are more cognitive and more successful in learning and at work than owls.

As for the "owls", they often turn out to be inclined to unreasonable risks, including completely irrational and unreasonable ones. We are talking about life-threatening acts and even crimes.

Recent research suggests that owls are more prone to psychopathy and antisocial behavior. Researchers also say that owls are more likely to be pessimistic, depressed, have negative thinking, have bad moods, etc. Research also shows that owls have less gray matter in their brains. But "early risers" are much easier to survive various stressful situations and are more effective in achieving goals.

A 2008 study shows that those who wake up early are less likely to procrastinate. Procrastination is an extremely harmful character trait that forces a person to constantly postpone important things for later, even though there are no objective reasons for this. This happens due to some unreasonable doubts, self-doubt, etc.

And a 2015 study found that early risers are more punctual than owls. Apparently, this is because those who get up early are careful and economical about their time, and are also more inclined to plan their day clearly. Bonus: Research shows early risers are less prone to bad habits.

What conclusion can be drawn from the above? Being a morning person is simply beneficial. This greatly facilitates life, and the pluses are literally from all sides. Larks have a more positive outlook on life, are more adaptable to changes, more often achieve their goals, are better trained, more successful in their activities, have fewer negative character traits, etc. In fact, simply by changing their daily routine towards an early rise, you can radically change your life.

How to wake up early in the morning

So what do you need for this? As mentioned above, you just need to learn how to go to bed earlier. To avoid insomnia in this case, you should completely protect yourself from any information that excites the nervous system at least an hour before bedtime: turn off the TV, exit social networks, do not argue with anyone, do not swear, do not play computer games. After listing everything that needs to be excluded, it can become very sad, and the question arises: what, then, in general, to do this hour before bedtime? And the answer is simple: you can devote this time to self-development. For example, devote this hour to the practice of hatha yoga or meditation. In general, do something that will calm your psyche and get ready for bed.

Furthermore. The question will arise: what to do in the morning? Waking up at five o'clock, a person discovers that they are still asleep and need to somehow usefully spend these two or three hours, which suddenly appeared in him. Seven troubles - one answer: this time can still be devoted to self-development. It is believed that it is the morning hours that are most favorable for meditation, yoga, and various spiritual practices. Also, the morning hours are the most favorable for creativity: when the world is still immersed in peace and quiet, you can plunge into yourself and create something beautiful even before the usual bustle of a big city again captures our attention.

Another recommendation is a cold shower in the morning: it will allow you to quickly invigorate after waking up early to be most effective during these morning hours. Over time, you will notice an amazing thing: it is in these two or three hours of the morning time that you manage to do more than in the rest of the day. These two or three hours will be the most productive and useful.

Morning is the time for the most important things

You can find an excuse for yourself: in the evening there are many important things to do and it is not always possible to go to bed early. But here you have to be honest at least with yourself: most often most people in the evening are engaged in useless nonsense - watching TV shows or videos on YouTube about talking cats, eating junk food for entertainment, “hanging out” on social networks for chatting, playing computer games. And it is quite obvious that there is nothing better than replacing these two or three hours of useless time with healthy sleep so that you wake up early in the morning and devote time to truly useful activity.

Therefore, the best we can do is to put off unnecessary tasks and go to bed earlier than usual. Over time, you will notice that you begin to get enough sleep faster, and, moreover, you will start waking up without an alarm clock. In a word, early awakening gives us only advantages: an additional couple of hours to our time, the opportunity to do many useful things, take care of our health - physical and spiritual - and get a boost of vigor for the whole day, as well as become more disciplined, positive, healthy and successful in their activities.

Thus, just one good habit can radically change your life, character, and destiny. And all that is needed is to gradually accustom yourself to go to bed earlier, and then everything will happen by itself. You should not immediately change your schedule dramatically, it is unlikely that it will work out. It is better to gradually go to bed earlier - every day ten minutes earlier - and after a couple of weeks you will start going to bed at the right time, and getting up early will become quite natural for you.

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