It’s no secret that being a so-called “morning person” comes with myriad health benefits, including a reduced risk of breast cancer and stronger mental health. But did you know that having an established early-morning routine has serious financial benefits, as well?
Well, that’s according to a new poll of more than 1,000 people conducted by the site The Sleep Judge, which found that respondents who stuck to a strict morning routine earned a whopping $12,500 more per year than those who described a more casual approach to the morning. (Keep that in mind the next time you’re preparing to hit the snooze button.)
Now, as for how these early risers filled those early-morning hours, the findings are hardly surprising.
Roughly a quarter of those polled said that they stuck to a strict early-morning workout schedule. (However, it’s worth noting that those who spent their morning at the gym had the highest salary of all, at $51,802 per year.)
Other popular morning habits associated with higher annual salaries included taking a cold shower (9.8 percent), writing in a journal (8.8 percent), recording one’s intentions for the day (14.8 percent), doing yoga (21. 8 percent), and meditating (16.2 percent).
Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that those respondents who reported lower-than-average salaries (under $45,000) said that they spent their mornings checking their email or scrolling through social media. (Given that studies have linked social media with a rise in depression, we’re not surprised.)
Regardless, if you’re a night owl by nature and you’d like to change your routine, don’t despair. Experts say you can actually turn yourself into a morning person—by practicing good bedtime rituals like turning off all electronics after 10pm and tucking into a good book. And for more great advice on how to make the most of your morning, read about The Four Steps That Will Help Night Owls Become Morning People, According to Science.
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