Why go to bed early?
A long time ago, Benjamin Franklin or somebody said: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” When I was young, I had the habit of sleeping in on Saturday mornings, I remember stumbling up the stairs around 10 am and my dad said, “the day is half over!” When I started college, I quickly learned the benefits of getting up early in the morning. First period at my college was 7:20 am and I was assigned first period for my entire first year at school. The early class time was not my choice, but by the end of the fall semester, I learned to enjoy getting up early and continued the habit for most of my college career. I even started getting up early on Saturday mornings to spend time in the nearly empty library. I got so much more accomplished when there were no distractions (girls) in that venue.
The benefits of rising early are numerous and well-known. Even Scripture exhorts us to get out of bed: “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You” (Psalm 63:1). The wife who “rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household” is praised in Proverbs 31:15 while the one who sleeps late is called sluggard: “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” Proverbs 26:14. I am well aware that almost every area of my life improves with an habit of getting up early.
The difficult part is getting to bed early enough in order to enable me to rise early. It is just that when the kids are in bed, it is so nice to relax and watch a little tube or surf the net. Here are some motivations for the “early to bed” part:
- Save electricity: think about how much less electricity you might save if you headed for bed at 10:30 pm rather than 11:30 pm? You could turn off all lights, the television, the computer and everything else.
- Save heat: We always turn our heat down two or three degrees at night. Get under those covers and give your furnace a rest.
- Quality time: Mrs. Stew and I interact more when the television and computers are off and we are just lying in the dark. Lot’s of good conversation and sometimes a little “conversation”.
- Eat less: When I stay up late, I always end up snacking on something that I do not need. When I am in the “stay up late” cycle, I pretty much eat a fourth meal every night.
Get to be early tonight and hit the ground running tomorrow morning!
Article by Stew
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