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the ultimate guide to
waking up early
Did you know early risers are ...
- More creative
- More energetic
- More successful
How early is early?
Before sunrise is ideal, when it’s quiet, but anytime before 6:00am will help you squeeze the most out of life.
Can I stay up late?
Just 7 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep on a Koala mattress will have you feeling amazing (based on a survey of our customer’s sleeping habits). 8 hours is considered the gold standard on regular mattresses.
Famous morning people
- Richard Branson 6:00am
- Beethoven 5:30am
- Arianna Huffington 5:00am
- Tim Cook 4:30am
- Michelle Obama 4:30am
Why are early risers more creative?
No one’s up this earlyThose precious morning hours are also the quietest, with zero distraction from ringing phones or noisy housemates. There’s also no rush, allowing you to think clearly and enjoy some ‘me time’.
The brain is firingMorning people operate in a post-waking period when we are extremely creative. Studies have shown that this is when the prefrontal cortex is the most active. This phenomenon is often described as ‘shower thoughts’, where people tend to have creative flashes of deep thinking. It’s been said at the morning mind is the writer, and the night mind is the editor.
You have ‘the overnight test’Morning people also find it easy to reflect on the previous day’s work after a night’s sleep (this is called the ‘overnight test’ in creative industries, like design and advertising).
How to train yourself to get up early
Make a dateCreate an appointment you can’t get out of the next morning, like meeting a friend for a walk, or breakfast.
Get deep sleepA darker room and a quality mattress are the two easiest improvements, and can improve your sleep significantly.
No snoozeSet an alarm and stick to it. We sleep in cycles, which generally take 45 minutes to complete. Hitting the snooze button enables your body to drop into the deepest phase of the sleep cycle, which in turn makes it harder to get up and moving.
Don’t be a quitter!You will find it gets easier after 2-3 weeks. Your sleep routine is set by the ‘circadian pacemaker’, which you can train.
Why do early risers have more energy?
Oversleeping is bad for you
The bizarre truth is that oversleeping can make you tired! People who sleep 9-11 hours are going against our biological clock as humans, and the body enters into a state of malaise. Surprisingly, morning people don’t have this problem.
The brain’s ‘gas tank’ is at full
Human willpower to get things done has a limited supply, according to research. Once it’s gone in a day, it’s gone. Another study shows the prefrontal cortex is most active in the morning.
You’re starting a cycle
Morning people expend their energy during the day, resulting in deeper sleep the next night. This creates a beautiful cycle.
Why are early risers more successful?
The numbers of hours available to you in a day can grow over 15%, which leads to more stuff getting done, and to more career success.
Morning time = strategy time
The early hours is where you can do your scheming, and work on projects above and beyond your regular income. You can think of more amazing ideas that can become businesses.
Expand your network
Morning people have time to meet people in the evening, leading to bigger and healthier networks. As they say in the business, it’s not what you know. It’s who.
How to fall asleep quickly and maximise deep sleep
Turn your mind offIf your monkey mind won't shut down, write down your thoughts with pen and paper on your bedside. This will help your brain forget them and settle into sleep.
Hit the lightsMake sure you switch off your lights to force your body to slip into sleep mode. If you’ve got a bright street light outside, consider heavy curtains to block out ambient light.
Upgrade your mattressInvest in a quality mattress that’s comfortable, but not too soft. Our mattress sits on about 7.6 on a scale of 1-10 (softest to firmest), which isn’t too soft or too hard, but just right.
Why are early risers healthier?
The right time to exercise
Let’s face it, the evenings after a long, hard day of work isn’t the best time to hit the gym. If you get your exercise in early, you start the day with a healthy mindset. What’s more, you free up the evenings for whatever you choose.
Get your metabolism burning
You can elevate the rate at which you’re burning food by exercising first-thing. Even if you still choose to do it in the evenings, waking early simply increases your energy burn for a longer period of time, per day.
Time to cook at home
Having more time in the evenings leads to better eating, as you’re less likely to grab takeaway. You’ll find you actually have time to eat better (including making more nutritious hot breakfasts), and even make lunch for the next day.
Why are early risers happier?
The research doesn’t lie
Studies have shown that morning people have more life satisfaction
Time to meditate and journal
Morning meditation has been proven to increase the number of positive thoughts, while teaching you to ignore the bad ones. So too, morning journaling has lower stress and helps increase control of your mind and activities.
The sum of it all
A happy life is the sum of its parts. For morning people, the boosts to your creativity, career, health and energy levels all ladder up to a happier state of being.
The ultimate mattress to
get you up early
It took us 2 years to create a mattress that gets people to sleep faster, and keeps them in deep, regenerative sleep – the two ingredients we need to wake up early, consistently.
HOW WE DESIGNED THE KOALA MATTRESS
our top layer
We created Kloudcell for comfort. It uses blown CO2 to create a fine and consistent cell structure. It’s breathable, bouncy, and supportive (and probably the secret sauce in our five-thousand 5 star reviews).
our bottom layer
We developed our Ecofoam support layer to be quite dense, for durability and support. It distributes weight vertically, instead of horizontally. It means you can stay in deep phases of sleep, even with a restless partner.