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Labor Day Weekend has officially come to an end. It’s a sad truth that many are not ready to face. Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult, especially when that involves waking early in the morning. However, if one understands the numerous benefits that come with being a morning person, perhaps developing an early morning routine wouldn’t seem so daunting.

Starting your day earlier sets you up for success. With the few hours you have before heading to work or starting a project comes better decision making skills, and ample time to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. Consider setting your alarm an hour or two earlier in the coming days to improve your days, and possibly your overall mood.

Though the opposite may seem true, waking up earlier can give you much more energy throughout the day. Many individuals that work in an office setting are all too familiar with the afternoon crash experienced hours before closing time. Going about your morning routine can effectively prevent this. Whether that involves making breakfast, brewing a cup of coffee, or exercising, stimulating your senses can boost creativity in the mornings, allowing you essentially “wake up” your brain for the tasks that lie ahead.

An added bonus of early morning is the time you have to yourself. When you wake up within an hour of having to be at work, you are already starting your day on a stressful note. The more time you have to mentally prep for the day and take part in our morning routine, the more relaxed you’ll be. Keep in mind that these first few hours are entirely yours. No one is asking anything of you, and you are free to do with them what you will. Try making a healthy breakfast or getting your daily workout out of the way now so that you may have more free time later in the day.

Being an early riser also translates to better sleep at night. You are more inclined to go to bed earlier, which promotes waking up earlier. It’s an extremely beneficial cycle that is created. Continuous nights of good sleep are necessary for your body’s internal clock. Having an irregular sleeping and waking schedule can have a drastic effect on both your physical and mental health.

No matter what your morning routine may consist of, waking up earlier and establishing everyday habits can have a profound effect on the overall quality of your day, and can possibly lead to living a longer, healthier life. It might be difficult upon starting, but once you are able to get out of bed at the crack of dawn, you’ll most likely adopt this new lifestyle permanently.