After a late night, I snoozed my alarm countless times. I missed my gym class, I had no time to eat breakfast, and I arrived into the office late and feeling flustered. While waking up at 5:45am seems insane to most people, I have become a firm believer that the early bird gets the worm. It can be a struggle getting up, the sky still black and the outside air freezing during the winter months, but I force myself now as I know how good it feels when I get into work after already having 4 hours of time for myself.

Here are 5 reasons I strive to get up before the sun does:

1. Taking a Moment to be Mindful

Before the sun rises, there is always a real calm in the air. Being able to take 10-20 minutes to just sit still and look out the window, or go for a quiet walk along the street can really help you to take time to appreciate all that you are grateful for—your family and friends, the beautiful world we live in. No matter what drama is happening in your life, the quiet of the early morning, as well as being able to see the incredible colors of the early sun can really help put things into perspective.

2. Workout Done

Hitting the pavement for a run, or grabbing your matt for an early yoga class gets your body into gear after having been asleep for the last 6-8 hours. Getting a tough workout done before 7am means you’ve already conquered one of the hardest and most necessary tasks for the day. Not to mention it gives your body an added boost of endorphins, which will carry you through even the most frustrating parts of your day. I guarantee you’ll walk home with the biggest smile, and a keen determination for the rest of your day.

3. Time for a Good Breakfast

You’ve heard it countless times, but it’s true, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Having the time to make breakfast and enjoy it not only allows you to be mindful about your food, but also blasts your body with the nutrients it needs after the fasting period it experienced during your sleep.

A good breakfast (especially after a workout) jump starts your metabolism, which helps with preventing weight gain, and increasing memory. A 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is directly related to improved cognitive function and productivity. Furthermore, some studies have shown that skipping breakfast results in hypertension, insulin resistance, and elevated blood sugar- all factors that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and weight gain.

4. Getting to Work Early, or Taking Your Time

It’s only 8am and you’ve worked out, showered, dressed, and eaten. Now what? Twiddle your thumbs? Being able to leave home and arrive early to work, meetings, or other appointments shows good form and enthusiasm on your part. Don’t need to get any work done? Excellent! You now have extra me-time to read, work on that side project, or go above and beyond for your job.

5. Tackle Your Inbox Like a Pro

Being able to get on top of your overfilled inbox early in the morning allows you to get your actual work done. This could mean that you are able to take a long lunch with friends, pop out for a midday facial, or maybe just being able to leave work earlier in the evening. Did someone say “Happy Hour”?

While it can be difficult training your body to wake up a few hours earlier, you’ll be reaping the benefits sooner than you think. Go on, get the worm!