Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

“Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.”


This was one of my grandmother’s favourite sayings. Perhaps from an era just fading from memory when really no one stayed up that late. It was common practice when I was a child staying at her house that dinner was early, kids were bathed and in their pyjamas well and truly before the summer sun went down. Dinner was served at 5:30 / 6pm and once it was eaten it was story time and into bed. Adults too.

It seems these days it is a much busier world. The pace of everything is much faster and having space and time in the day seems like a luxury.

The most people seem to stop these days is to queue up for coffee to get a hit to kick-start the day and keep us going because we are so busy. Flat out, not really home from work till 6… and then get dinner ready in a rush to feed the kids. And the whole world seems to stay up much later.

Or when I was single and in my 20’s and 30’s, it was out to dinner or off to a party and not home till 10 pm on a weekday – let alone the wee small hours on the weekends.

The last couple of years I have experimented with going to bed early again.

Is that old saying of my grandmother’s more than just a forgotten rambling of a world no longer relevant?

Or is it actually something that carries wisdom of old. Wisdom – that word that is different from knowledge.

Something that is known to be true because it has been lived and found to have an effect on the way we live.

I’ve tried it out.

I love getting into my cosy pyjamas early and feeling all cosy and warm and cared for as if I was putting myself to bed like a child, even now as a grown man of 40.

There is a distinct difference in how I am the next day if I go to bed early and in a way that is caring for myself, rather than the days when I sit up late watching TV or working on the computer.

It affects how I feel.

How I walk.

How I talk during the day.

How I eat because if I am tired I tend to choose sugary, starchy junk foods.

It actually effects how I think. What I think – what thoughts about myself and others I allow in my head.

And then it effects how I treat others and myself.

It took a while to change it and I am still getting better at doing it but I have to say I love ‘being a Nanna’ and going to bed early. The things I used to think I needed in my life in that ‘me time’ and staying up late, actually pale in comparison to how I feel in my life every day now.

Thanks Grandma. Now I know what it means when you used to tell me “Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.”


The simple practical things that we all know, and yet somehow don’t ever get around to implementing in our lives, can make such a big difference.

I would like to say thank you – deeply thank you – to Serge Benhayon for his commitment to the simple beauty in the way we can live.

By Simon Asquith, 41, MultiMedia Professional

This blog originated as a comment inspired by the blog:
Going To Bed At 9 pm Makes So Much Sense

Further Reading:
Insomnia – My Sleep Disorder Or My Daily Dis-order?

1,375 thoughts on “Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

  1. Feeling like we are going to miss out if we are not up late becomes a peer group pressure thing that can be very difficult to shift from our consciousness. So understanding that what we are missing out on is so much, when we are not looking after our sleeping rhythms, as we are far more able to work with Loving integrity, as we are no longer sleepy in the day because we are energetically aware and get to bed early as you have shared Simon.

  2. These days what most would call early is my normal. It’s normal to go to bed at 9pm and wake around 3am, I love it. This isn’t a rigid structure, it used to be as I was getting used to going to bed ‘early’ but now it’s normal and if need be, for work, sometimes I won’t get to bed till 10 or 11. No big deal. Yes I am more drained that morning and wake later but how I am in my day can support me or further drain me.

  3. “Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” so very true – its a simple truth that many of us in society choose to deny to our own detriment.

  4. So true, that the only time we seem to stop these days is to wait in queues, or at traffic lights, and even that, we try to fill by looking at our phone. It’s like we are so determined to avoid a full, proper stop, where our body might be heard a bit louder than otherwise.

  5. The effects of going to bed early are so far reaching and transform how I work, eat, sleep and interact with others yet despite this I can still sometimes stubbornly resist taking loving care of myself and prioritising getting to bed early but this is happening less and less as I feel the positive benefits of better quality rest and sleep.

  6. When we get to bed early we can achieve so much more in the day and staying up late in case we miss something only makes us so tired when we do wake up. I remember just staying up as late, as I could, so then I thought that I would not miss out but in the end we do because we end up sleeping a whole lot more. Getting to bed early revives us after a hand full of hours being slept so our day can have much more completion with a greater purpose and loads more vitality.

    1. We fear missing out by going to bed early but what we lose when we stay up is the full benefits of truly rejuvenating sleep.

      1. Absolutely Helen we gain in vitality and the truly rejuvenation of what it is like to fully go to bed and have a repose-full sleep. Repose being the quality of being so that we can deeply go into stillness.

      2. Helen I work with a colleague who during a sales call told everyone they go to bed late and get up late and it is possible to hear the tiredness in their voice as they speak. They feel they have to stay up late because they have as you say missed out on the day by working. Another colleague shared how they used to be that way but now they go to bed early and get up early and feel more vital for having made the changes to their lifestyle. Which came about because their husband has to get up early for his work and so went to be early, and they feel the benefits of the change in their well being.

  7. How far back some of these old adages go would be an interesting study as every word was originally coming from a Livingness and thus probably this say would meet that same criteria as it serves the body so well.

  8. There are olde school sayings and olde school ways of doing things that hold much wisdom and end up being very supportive to the body. After all the body is the one that has to deal with the end result of our choices, and it makes sense that the more we look after the body, the more that we then can benefit from it in terms of wellbeing and vitality and enjoy what comes from that.

  9. I too can relate to going to bed early and then feeling the difference the very next day on waking and rising. Amazing how such a simple thing can be a day changer!

  10. There is definitely a wisdom in some things of the past. We let go of them for a range of reasons, but is it so wise? The desire to stay up late is one which affects every part of us and yet discuss going to bed early and it can bring up many things. Maybe we need to make ‘being a nanna’ ‘in’ again.

    1. Once upon a time people went to bed when it got dark, because there really wasn’t anything else to do and good alternative light was very expensive, and got up when it was light. They simply followed the rhythms of nature. I wonder what the general vitality levels of the population were simply because of this phenomenon?

  11. I recall both my Nan’s were the same in terms of going to bed early and being up early. By the time I got up in the morning Nan had already been up, commenced chores and breakfast was all but ready. I was met with someone who was bright, cheery and ready for the day ahead. Going to bed early really does make a difference.

  12. It’s a great line about wisdom, “Something that is known to be true because it has been lived and found to have an effect on the way we live.” Knowledge comes and goes and what’s considered as healthy is often changing, it’s really up to us as individuals to observe what truly is supportive from what effects our choices have on our wellbeing in our day to day living.

  13. I am a person who goes to bed early because I am tired. Why should I do it differently? That would mean to override what my body wants and through my own experience overriding my body is not healthy on the long run.

  14. If I stay up later then usual there is a distinct difference in how I am the next day, I feel more sluggish more tired and have less var var voom to tackle life with.

    1. Ah yes, Esther – living them is the key word here. Many wisdoms are shared as knowledge and spouted from the mouth and the head, but when they are lived they bring the true authority and inspiration that nothing else can.

    2. Ain’t no point having a truth and then not living it. Living a truth is what activates it and in turn opens the door for more truths to be unearthed and then activated by living them and so it goes.

  15. Grand parents have so much lived wisdom to offer the young, wisdom that has been handed down through the ages that makes sense. This wisdom is slowly being eroded by TV and the increase in dementia and the young are missing out on the stability and steadiness from the elders that supports them as they grow up

    1. Totally agree. My children’s generation as a whole are missing out on vital and energetic grandparents. With so much rise in illness and disease our elder generation has never been so medicated.

  16. There is so much supposed entertainment in the evenings nowadays either going out to socialise or TV, we easily get drawn into staying up late, yet when I do I feel awful the next day, and for that reason I know going to bed early really supports my body and the quality of my work the next day.

  17. When I care for myself in an evening, prepare a nice meal, restore some order to the home, do a few things on the computer, chat to a friend etc… and then prepare for bed and am in bed around 8.30pm/9pm, I sleep much more soundly and awake more prepared for the day ahead. On the other hand when I fall asleep on the couch, stumble off it, quickly brush teeth and go to bed, I awake feeling more groggy.

  18. What I have found from going to bed early is that my body feels very rested in the morning and ready for the day ahead, I have more spring in my step and I don’t need anywhere near as much food as when I am late and my body is tired.

  19. In many cultures around the world people align daily rhythms to nature’s cycles sunrise and sunset, with many waking with the sun as it rises. In the West we’ve largely lost this connection and largely live with little awareness of them. No wonder so many people are so exhausted and strung out.

  20. I certainly notice a huge difference when I go to bed early and get up early. It feels like I am in tune with a larger cycle when I do that.

  21. The distinct difference I feel from going to bed early and caring for myself is significant in every part of life as I allow my body and its rhythm to lead the way in how I hold and value my relationship with myself and in my relationship with others.

  22. Sleep is our time for repose and rejuvenation, for clearing everything that we might have taken on during the day, and when we properly wind down and prepare for it, we’re maximising our opportunity for a great sleep and a full and vital following day. It’s interesting to observe what we do then to sabotage that wind down, that then sabotages a deep and restful sleep and our vitality the next day. When we’re sabotaging our own preparation for sleep, we’re essentially saying yes to constant stimulation and not giving ourselves the space to connect to the universe that is beyond any of life’s distractions and dramas.

    1. It’s a simple study, to see how we sabotage the wind down. The art of just having some time is getting ever rarer, gobbled up by TV, social media or the host of other distractions available to us. It’s a scary social experiment and one wonders how the world is going to look as kids who are so used to this mature and grow old, never having let their bodies rest.

  23. “Something that is known to be true because it has been lived and found to have an effect on the way we live. I’ve tried it out.” – this is the common sense formula to truth, a truth known from one´s own experience as felt and shown by the body; it is the esoteric lived in the everyday practicalities.

  24. This is so true Simon, that there is a simplicity to life that we so often over look due to our being caught up in the pace of our busy lives. The simplicity of listening to and honouring our body when we feel tired and going to bed early is definitely one I have put into practice and now is a huge support in my day to day living, especially when I consider the quality in which I put myself to bed.

  25. I was recently passing some ladies talking and one was sharing how she had started going to bed at 830pm and waking naturally at 5am. She said it was amazing how good she felt. It’s not rocket science or a secret and it does have a huge positive effect on our wellbeing.

  26. The difference between waking up feeling truly rested from a night’s sleep which has been supported by an early night and preparing for quality sleep and not doing so is huge for me. I am sensitive to the amount and quality of sleep I have and being in the knowledge of what affects this means that I know the nights when this does not happen I have chosen this myself.

    1. I can relate Michael as I have also always been, and still am, sensitive to the quality of my sleep. I had lived many years thinking that it was solely the ‘quantity’ of sleep that supported me best, yet I never truly did. It wasn’t until Universal Medicine that I discovered that there is a science to sleep and I have been inspired to explore more of the ‘quality’ of how I sleep, the quality in which I approach sleep and how it now is more about quality than quantity that truly supports me best. Interestingly I now sleep less but live a much fuller life that I ever have, with greater vitality, and the way I sleep plays a huge part in this.

  27. Reading this makes me appreciate the cycles in life and in our day that are there to support us and that we can bring ourselves back to.

  28. Nowadays when I say thank you I don’t drink coffee most people will say that they need their coffee at the start of the day to get things going and during the day to keep things going. At least people seem to be more honest about their choice to drink coffee.

  29. I remember years ago the buzz word at the time was ‘Circadian Rhythms’; this is an extract from National Institute of Medical Science, so we could say there is a lot of truth in Grand Ma’s favorite saying

    Do circadian rhythms affect body function and health?
    Yes. Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and digestion, body temperature, and other important bodily functions. Biological clocks that run fast or slow can result in disrupted or abnormal circadian rhythms. Irregular rhythms have been linked to various chronic health conditions, such as sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.

    1. I totally love that Willem. So true. When was it known that we dont actually need scientifical evidence to proof things, when we connect to our truth ? When we do we know what to do and this saves us a lot of money too !

  30. There’s so much on offer to stimulate and make our body keep going that we don’t seem to appreciate the value of this type of very simple wisdom we actually know to be true, and the care that we can afford ourselves as a result. We are not a machine, and our sleep is not just a shut-down time, there’s so much more going on during our sleep that deserves much more care and preparation for.

    1. There are a barrage of ‘busy stuff’ we can get trapped into in order to not honour the first signs to go to bed when the body calls out. The trap does not just have its hold for the night but the impact that follows the day after.

  31. When I have a full day and allow space for me in everything I do then I usually sleep well but if I choose to stay up late and cram in more than is, in-truth, needed I find that my sleep is often much shorter and I am unsettled the next day.

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