Do you rise and shine, or are you more likely to rise and groan? Mornings are firmly in the love ‘em or hate ‘em camp and we each self-identify pretty strongly with one of them. There’s a group working to chronicle how we “morning” (sure, it’s a verb) and help its readers find new strategies, routines, and methods that make the morning more productive or even more bearable.
MyMorningRoutine.com interviews interesting people -- from authors and entrepreneurs to athletes and creatives -- to learn about their morning routines. Early risers, late risers, parents, and everyone in between share their take on dawn. Everything from how they cope to how they embrace and even get satisfaction out of their morning (ew!) is shared in personal first-hand accounts.
The personal narratives make for some great binge reading online and actually offer quite a bit of substance. The most fascinating take away is the data. Isn’t it always?
Since 2012 they’ve completed 175 morning routine interviews and compiled data from each. The data updates weekly as they publish new interviews. As of April 25, 2016 it is currently made up by 53% female and 47% male respondents.
These VIPs (very interesting people) average 7.5 hours of sleep each night. Not bad! The CDC says 30% of adults get less than six hours of sleep each night; while adults should be getting 7-8. Only 16% of the morning routiners fell short, getting about six hours of sleep.
This group averages a wake-up time of 6:34am and hits the sack at 11:08pm. Only 37% of them hit the snooze button. That aligns with greater data that says one-third of American adults reach for those extra nine minutes of sleep. Experts say the snooze button isn’t our healthiest morning habit; it can actually make us more tired. “Those five extra minutes in the morning are less restful than five minutes of deep sleep because they take place at the end of the cycle when sleep is lighter,” reports Greatist.
Some other morning routine fun stats include:
61% of participants have followed their routine for more than a year
77% exercise in the morning; 69% practice yoga in the morning
70% sleep in on the weekend; 31% follow their routine on the weekend
60% check their phone immediately; 52% check their email first
51% drink water first; 30% drink coffee first
Nearly 50% of morning routine participants eat fruit for breakfast, with eggs, oatmeal, and bread being other popular choices. Veggies and cereal were the least popular breakfast food options.