I don’t know about you, but if given the chance, I will naturally shift to being a night owl. There’s nothing wrong with being a night owl, except that you have a higher chance of developing depression, and other health problems in the long run if you keep staying up too late. Why? Because when you get up the next day in the afternoon (or late afternoon), you already miss the most beautiful part of the day. Less contact with sunlight is proven to cause depression.
Getting up in the middle of the day may also give you a feeling of being left out, depending on how late you get up. As for staying up late, it feels fun when you are up till 3 am or 5 am while everybody is sleeping. However, trust me, your internal organs, especially the liver and lung, will not like it. They need to detoxicate and regenerate after a long day of hard work, and they can only do that while you are sleeping. When you stay up late, you make them overwork and their silent cries for help may not be heard early on, but you’ll pay a hefty price in the long term.
Having said all that, now to the part when I made myself a goal to get up early. It’s not easy to change a habit and to make the change sustainable, it has to happen gradually. With that in mind, I made myself a goal to gradually go to sleep earlier a little bit each time in order to finally get up at the desired time!
The result? As long as you put your mind to it, you’ll see the gradual change. For example:
For the first week, instead of going to bed at 5 am, I try to go to bed at 4:30 instead.
For the second week, instead of going to bed at 4:30 am, I try to go to bed at 4 instead.
Because the change is relatively minor (You don’t jump from 5 am to 9 pm!), your body doesn’t resist it. And because your body has time to adjust to the new schedule, it gradually grows accustomed to it. This is a sustainable change.
This method can be applied to any other plan. Let’s take the proverb “One step at a time” and implement it in our lives.