Mark Wahlberg’s alarm rings at 2:30am daily. The average person would press snooze and go back to sleep for another five hours, but after Mark’s seven-hour sleep, he’s well-rested and ready to hop out of bed. He prays at 2:45am everyday and then he eats breakfast thirty minutes later, according to Wahlberg himself.
Once 3:40am strikes the clock, he’s onto his first workout of the day. Directly after his grueling workout consisting of weight training and lifting to keep his impressive physique intact, Wahlberg is out of the gym and in the kitchen eating his post-workout meal: a Performance Inspired Nutrition Vanilla Latte Shake, three turkey burgers and five pieces of sweet potato, which is accompanied by a shower afterward. The driving range is the next place you can find Wahlberg at around 7:30am where he practices his daily golfing technique. All of this is completed before he says good morning and takes his children to school at 8:30am after eating yet another snack.
A massive range of successful people, stretching from Wiz Khalifa to Mark Wahlberg, all the way to Apple CEO Tim Cook have claimed that rising at early hours of the day have boosted their success, and have even gone out of their way to share their schedules to help people. Since many powerful entrepreneurs and other successful figures begin their day by waking up before anyone else does, the two have been said to have a strong correlation to each other. Despite this, it turns out that your productivity and success may have more to do with matching your schedule to your genetics.
For young people, the tendency is usually to stay up late, whether its at a club or at a movie, or just staying home and gaming all night — but if you want to lead a happy life, research shows that you should instead do the opposite: go to sleep and wake up early. Rising early can do several things for you, such as infusing more productivity into your day, allow you to have more energy, and most of all make you realize how much free time there actually is in 24 hours.
Celebrities such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg use this extra time they have every morning to fit in a workout or two. An early workout can often lead to being more productive later during the day. An early morning workout also gives energy levels a major boost for the day, along with an increased metabolism. Dwayne Johnson told Bodybuilding magazine, “I love putting in that hard work as early as possible to get my day started off on the right foot, mentally and physically.” Like the saying goes, “If you win the morning, you win the day,” and accomplishing that early morning workout is only the beginning.
Morning is also tends to be a good environment for productivity. In the dark hours of the morning, distractions are minimized by a large amount, due to the majority of people in your time zone still sleeping. During daytime, there’s several things that can cause diversions from your daily tasks such as television or video games, but most of all in today’s society: the cell phone. Before sunrise, those tempting notifications from your phone and devices will be kept to a minimum, leaving you more focused to complete those pesky tasks that you would instead, have to do during the day. For the majority of people, phones are crucial parts of our lives but, when they become a distraction, they can turn into pure problems for our productivity.
Waking up early isn’t only beneficial for productivity; it also will improve someone’s attitude. Aside from the fact that waking up early is proven to make an individual happier due to raised negativity levels at late hours of night, early risers also have less chance of developing depression and schizophrenia, according to Harvard University researchers.
A boosted mood equates to higher success rates and productivity, reinforcing the assumptions we make when we read about the routines of Dwayne Johnson, Tim Cook, and more. With that, we can infer that waking up early should have a positive correlation to success, but does it really?
It might seem like the one magic trick to improve your life for the better, but it’s not quite that simple. Every individual has certain preferences, and if you’re naturally a night owl, then waking up early might not be such a good idea. Every organism on Earth, has an internal clock that tells our bodies individually, when it is best for us to wake up, go to sleep, workout, and more. This is called the circadian rhythm, and it’s what’s mainly responsible for making us wide awake at 11:00 PM when we “think” we should be asleep. Messing with this pattern can have consequences more severe than we think, which is why waking up as early as possible may not be the best decision. Going off track of our personal Circadian rhythms can lead to an increase of potentially developing different disorders including diabetes, obesity, and depression. But will this ruin our chance of success, if we can’t wake up early at 4:30am like Dwayne Johnson or Mark Wahlberg?
According to a study done at Harvard University by biologist Christoph Randler, people naturally fall into two categories, early risers and night owls. Early morning risers are substantially more likely to be more productive than night owls. In contrast, the latter is generally more creative. Each human genotype will have different genome variations which affect the human body’s circadian rhythms. This study found “327 novel loci that regulate circadian rhythms and sleep timing in humans.” In other words, whether you are a morning person or a night owl has a genetic component. Your genes affect optimal sleeping hours, how much sleep you need, disease likeliness, mental toughness, and more. You may try your hardest to change your sleeping hours but naturally, some people are born to be night owls due to these genotypes — and that’s okay.
Elon Musk is known for being a very creative individual that also simultaneously is a night owl. The South-African entrepreneur wakes up at 7:00am in order to check and respond to important emails, making him hit the pillow at 1:00am in order to get sufficient sleep. Many other creative individuals such as Barack Obama and Winston Churchill also often find themselves jumping into bed in later hours of the night. Generally, everyone is awake for around the same amount of hours per day, and waking up early may just be too hard for someone if it’s off of their Circadian rhythm. The biggest factor to success according to waking time, is truly what works best for you. For some individuals, waking up early is beneficial since productivity enhancements, and to others rising maybe even in the afternoon is optimal. If focused and not distracted by things such as our cellphones, social media, or video games, staying up late might be an excellent way for some people to work since productivity and creativity often work hand in hand. Setting a routine to follow everyday is a sure way to accomplish your goals in a quicker fashion without killing yourself by trying to wake up too early or too late. If diminishing your will to live is your goal, then alter your sleep schedule all you want but in reality: the best sleep schedule is the one that works best for you.