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Is It Ever Actually Worth It to Wake up Before the Sun?

Kara Jillian Brown

Kara Jillian BrownFebruary 21, 2020

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Mark Wahlberg wakes up at 2:30 a.m. I repeat: Mark Wahlberg wakes up at 2:30 a.m. Wakes up. At 2:30 in the morning. On purpose. We like to break society into two different groups: morning people and night owls. But Marky Mark shows us that things are a bit more nuanced. I think that the fact I enjoy being up at 7 a.m. makes me a morning person, but people who willingly get up when it’s still dark? That’s a whole other beast. But is it better to wake up early?

In the premiere of Zoë Tries It All, Well+Good beauty and fitness editor Zoë Weiner tries three different morning routines in order to find an answer to the question.

Zoë tries things she’s never tried before, like making a smoothie, taking cold showers, and making time morning meditation (pro tip: get out of bed to meditate or you will just fall back to sleep). She also tries morning yoga, which, according to director of education for YogaSix Kelly Clifton Turner, actually helps you sleep better. “Once you make your morning yoga flow a habit, your body will get used to waking up at that specific time,” she says. “And this will help to regulate your circadian sleep cycles, which we often throw out of whack by varying when we go to sleep and wake up.”

It’s safe to say that none of these tasks are necessary to start your day. The key to the experiment, is seeing which, if any, of these things can help you have a better, more productive day.

After three weeks of tests, Zoë tries to decide which of these tasks she can incorporate in her daily routine. To find out what worked, watch the video. And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Well+Good’s YouTube channel.

For a morning routine to stick, it has to be right for you. This is the best morning for every Zodiac sign. And this is the Japanese secret to becoming a morning person.

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