I've read a lot of articles and posts on friends' blogs about the benefits of waking up early. Not just waking early out of necessity for work/ school etc., but making a choice to wake up early every day whether you have somewhere to be or not.
I haven't found any health benefits directly related to this but there seem to be several practical benefits. It's time where the house is generally quiet, most people aren't awake yet so they won't distract you with a million calls or emails. There is no rush to get out the door so you have time for a good breakfast and a calm morning routine... that right there will help keep your daily stress level down. In general, you have more uninterrupted time to put to productive use whether that is working towards your goals or fitting in a little "me time".
There are several other benefits and very few negatives. You'll have to go to bed earlier and you might miss the second half of American Idol but really.... that's the point of Tivo and DVR.
With all of this in mind, I've decided to try waking up early on a daily basis and see how I feel. Maybe if I get in the habit of waking up early I can re-introduce running to my morning routine and it won't feel like punishment. :)
Ben Franklin once said: "early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise". I guess we are about to find out!