What’s the point of waking up early?
Even if you have problems sleeping, your waking time is largely your choice. And if you have been following my blog, you will have read how our choices can form routines which can lead to solid and hard-to-break habits. And therefore, we must make sure that our choices are positive, helpful and useful as they will solidify into habits over time.
Waking up early is part of a daily health routine to maximize health and well-being the Ayurveda way. Having said that, an optimised well-being will surely help your performance, whatever you choose it to be.
Daily routines are health habits, which help to balance natural processes, of which sleep is one. The reason this is true is that our minds and bodies are part of a natural rhythm of nature. It is entirely possible to reset your personal body clock and natural processes.
My course “7 Steps to Better Sleep” contains seven daily health habits of which a regular waking time is one. Many benefits are associated with rising early, for one thing there is more time to work, study and achieve, but there will also be more time for self-care.
Or do you remember the times from your youth when the night before turned into the morning after and all you could do was somehow scramble out of bed and rock up to work? Reckless living is not sustainable in the long run; it will not produce a resilient, optimal performing mind-body, and health, performance and immunity will suffer as a result.
Many may not know that our natural body rhythms are governed by the external timetable of the universe and our body bio-energies. We are biological beings and as such governed by the laws of nature. A diet & lifestyle which is going to work with these laws rather than against them enhances our well-being.
The rhythm of the sun and moon govern the water on earth, like they control floods and the tides of the sea. We are largely made of water, and governed by the same cycles. The digestive power is highest at noon and our sleep is more effective at night.
Daytime is for living, feeling energised and joyful, but many of us feel tired, exhausted and stressed. These feelings can be helped with a few lifestyle changes including diet, and a digestive system reset. Gut bacteria have a powerful influence on the brain and nervous system.
Have you suffered from an all-day headache just because you hit the snooze button and turned over again when you should have gotten up instead? The best time to wake up is during the vata time of the morning so just around six or before if you wish. This is in line with your natural, biological rhythm.
• Vata time is 2—6 a m
• Kapha time is 6 a m—10 p m
• Pitta time 10 p m—2 a m
People who seek maximum meditation success or are on a personal and spiritual development journey like to wake up at 4 a m as the ability to “receive intuitive messages” is heightened at this time. In Ayurveda this is called Brahmacharya, where Brahma is a word for creator and Acharya is the word for teacher.
The best sleep occurs from 10 p m to 6 a m, so make sure you are available for sleep to happen during this time. Spend at least eight hours in bed.
You can also train your biological clock to wake up a little earlier each morning and also go to bed a little earlier each night. If you want to reset your body clock, set your manual alarm clock a few minutes earlier each day and move it away from the bed. Or set your alarm for the time you want to wake up, again moving it away from the bed so you will have to get up to switch it off.
This article wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the “seize the day attitude” of highly successful people. Rising early and being ready for the day eliminates the stressors such as rushing. It adds quality time, which can be used for goal setting instead of fire-fighting, a personal health routine which is discussed in Step 6 of the “7 Steps to Better Sleep” programme. Above all, it is an opportunity for quietude and watching the sun rise; it also eliminates the stressors of the daily commute.
Please tell me about your morning journey and routine, I would love to hear your experiences with the mornings. Are you chasing kids to school and tumbling into work, or have you explored a new way?
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Sonja, The Nutrition Healer is a Consultant of Ayurveda (MSc), which is a proven, natural and personalised medical system from the East, which is very relevant today as it can help balance natural processes with natural methods.