7 Notable Benefits of Going to Bed Early ...

I used to think only the elderly needed to hit the sack before midnight, until I learned the benefits of going to bed early. The quality of sleep you get when you sleep before or after midnight is different, even if it's for the same number of hours. We spend one third of our lives sleeping, so we’d better do it right and enjoy the benefits of going to bed early. Let's find out why, and how.

1. Energy

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We are always seeking ways to be more productive, and I believe this is one of the most notable benefits of going to bed early. When you wake up ready for your daily activities, you feel motivated and energetic throughout the day. When you get enough sleep, you won’t spend the day yawning or feeling tired. Going to bed before midnight is good, but the earlier you can, the better - aim for 9 or 10 p.m.

2. Beauty

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The famous beauty sleep actually exists, and going to bed early can be very beneficial for the skin. Cosmetics can do miracles for your skin, but if you can boost your health and beauty from within, you won’t need to invest much in beauty care products. While you're sleeping, your skin is hard at work, rejuvenating and refreshing - don't rob yourself of this beauty sleep!

3. Time Management

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It might seem obvious that the earlier you go to bed, the earlier you will wake up, but that is very important. Sometimes we wish a day had more than 24 hours, but that is due to poor time management. One way to become more productive is by waking up earlier. Remember that the early bird catches the worm.

4. Good Mood

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I am definitely a morning person and feel happy as soon as I wake up. Every morning when I drive my sister to work, she is always in a bad mood and asks me not to talk to her. Reason? She obviously goes to bed very late and wakes up tired and grumpy. If only she went to bed earlier, our mornings - in particular, her mornings - would be much more pleasant!

5. Weight Control

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Some people who diet and exercise but still struggle to lose weight can blame their quality of sleep. Also, when we stay awake until late, we tend to feel hungry and snack. Hence, we put on unwanted weight and feel guilty the next day.

6. Slows Aging

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A poor night's sleep results in wrinkles and dark under-eye circles, which adds a few years even to a young face. Going to bed early not only will make you look and feel younger, but also will extend your life expectancy.

7. Prevents Diseases

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Going to bed early can prevent obesity, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, and not to mention that your liver will thank you, as it won’t have to overwork. Have you ever felt your mouth, skin and eyes dry when you don’t get enough sleep? When we don’t get enough sleep, our mind is awake while our body is still sleeping.

Those who complain they do not get enough sleep or wake up already feeling tired, most likely go to bed late. What time do you go to bed and how do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

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