“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” Benjamin Franklin
Although this quotation is very well known, I am not sure that I agree with it 100%. I believe that for many they do their “best work” at nights and would rather go to bed later and wake later, but they have just as much of a chance to be healthy, wealthy and wise as the person going to bed early and rising early. They just are creating this health, wealth and wisdom in a different time frame. But here is what I believe this quote is really saying; Getting sufficient rest is what is most important if you want to create health, wealth and wisdom in your life.
Rest is so, so important to living a healthy lifestyle. Getting adequate and restful sleep each night for many is not as easy as it sounds. Being in the act of sleep is not enough, you need to allow your mind the ability to rest and free itself of all your thoughts from the day. A great practice to start is meditation. When done right before bed it is a powerful way to clear your mind and give your body the rest it needs to conquer the next day together with its joys, challenges and stresses.
So do you agree with me? Are there any “nighthawks” that would struggle if pushed to go to bed early and rise early, but still see themselves as healthy, wealthy and wise? I know you are out there and I would love to hear your stories.