Are you SO not a morning person?
Many of us dream of having jobs in which we can decide exactly when we start and end our workdays. But unless you become your own boss, you probably won’t have that power anytime soon. Most companies, schools, and government offices in America continue to follow the traditional 9 to 5 model, give or take a few hours. So it’s in your best interest to figure out how to become a morning person. And while you may worry that you’re simply incapable of becoming an early bird, that is not true. Scientists who’ve studied identical twins have found that 50 percent of being a morning person is determined by genetics, which means that an equal amount is within your control. Up until last year, I myself was a capital-R Reluctant Riser. After road-testing all the morning-person tips and tricks I could find, this is what has helped me get out of bed on the bright side every day.
Believe deeply in the benefits of making the change
Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, fashion designer Tory Burch, Apple’s Tim Cook, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Starbucks’ Howard Schutlz, Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi—these are just a handful of the incredibly successful morning people among us. Even if being a business mogul is not in your future, consider these good reasons to go to the lark side. Morning people get better grades (according to a University of Texas report, morning larks had an average GPA of 3.5; night owls, 2.5). They’re more conscientious and proactive at work, which has been tied to better jobs—and salaries. Finally, morning people displayed greater feelings of well-being, satisfaction, and optimism than night folks. Here are 8 surprising health advantages of being a morning person.