Study confirms: Kids who get up BEFORE 6am are more likely to be CEOs, athletes or celebrities!
Does this make those early morning wake up calls easier?
By Frances Sheen
May 21 2019
Do you have a little early riser in your life? A child who NO MATTER WHAT TIME you put them to bed, will always wake up at least an hour before you want them to?
Well, now you can be woken up happy in the knowledge that most of the successful, CEOs, celebrities, athletes and inspirational figures are all early risers who don’t need much sleep.
And according to research by some top academics, this trait has helped ALL of them reach the success they have found in life.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he rises at 3:45am to start checking emails. Oprah Winfrey says she gets up at 6:02am every day for reflection, meditation and exercise before starting work at 9am.
The most extreme case might just be Mark Wahlberg, who wakes up at 2:30 to exercise, play golf, pray and recover in a -100C cryochamber.
Now while we’re not suggesting waking up at 2.30am is good for anyone - ANYONE - you can take comfort in the fact that all of these successful adults always woke up early as children too.
Studies have proved that early rising and success can be linked.
Biologist Christoph Randler undertook some serious research into the difference between early and late rising in children.
“When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards,” he revealed. “My earlier research showed that they tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities.
"Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them, my survey showed. They’re proactive. A number of studies have linked this trait, proactivity, with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.”
What’s more, Professor Peter Fleming from the University of Bristol in the UK, who specialises in infant health and development, says babies who wake often and early often have higher levels of intelligence and better mental health.
He told Buzzfeed News there is a clear link between “very high levels of developmental and intellectual achievement and not sleeping throughout the night.”
In fact, Professor Fleming says the idea that babies should be sleeping without interruption through the night is a modern concept.
“Human infants are not designed to sleep for long periods, it’s not good for them, and there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there is any benefit to anybody from having a child that sleeps longer and consistently,” he reveals.
“That’s not perhaps what most parents would like to hear.”
Um…no. But perhaps at 5am, knowing your child could be a future CEO does help. A little!