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?

1,235 thoughts on “Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

  1. I love going to bed when my body lets me know it is time! It is so easy to read a couple of paragraphs of a Purple Book, turn out the light and feel myself relax into sleep. It is the best feeling after a busy day.

  2. This is such a great saying and very true – ““Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” Going to bed when our body lets us know we are tired is super supportive and a very wise thing to do.

  3. Introducing the daily rhythm of early to bed and early to rise to my living way, has been hugely beneficial both to my health and my sense of wellbeing, and I highly, highly recommend it.

  4. “Something that is known to be true because it has been lived and found to have an effect on the way we live.” Lived wisdom, that is so important to claim back in a world, where ideals, beliefs and thoughts is what we follow but not a daily rhythm that truly supports us.

  5. I find that the way I am in the evening before going to bed makes a big difference too, that there is a natural call from my body to do things in a way and flow that is preparing for rest and to regenerate – I can even still be working on things but just in a different pace to how I might do them earlier in the day…

  6. Healthy, wealthy and wise expands to a far greater and grander meaning the more I honour my body’s natural rhythm and listen to my inner knowing.

  7. What truth is in your title, it is a great old saying, but there is a lot of wisdom in it. When we do honour ourselves by going to bed early, we certainly can and do benefit from these self loving choices.

  8. There is no doubt about it Simon there is much wisdom for us to discern in old favourite sayings. Early to bed early to rise is certainly one such saying with much wisdom and truth.

  9. Listening to the natural rhythm of the body is instrumental for our well-being. It is not about being rigid but tuning in to what is truly needed.

  10. I love the feeling of having honoured myself and all that comes with going to bed at a time that suits me and my body, also allowing myself to sleep and wake up at a time that also feels honouring, without alarms and stress.

  11. In the ‘olden days’ there seemed to be much more flow, rhythm and togetherness woven into a person’s day as opposed to the fast paced and distracting way we live that is keeping us all not only doing our own thing, but quite exhausted.

  12. I couldn’t agree more Simon, going to bed early has been a God send for my energy levels, and listening to when my body was wanting to sleep, instead of overriding and staying up to watch something on the telly – it makes such a difference to how I feel the next day.

  13. A lot of people think that going to bed early means that you miss out on time with family and friends. What I have found is that if I go to bed early I have far more time for family and friends because when I do spend time with them I am not tired and distracted.

  14. There is no more fundamental self-caring gesture that going to bed early… over time it’s benefits are beyond any comparison, nothing will compensate the body for missing vital hours of deep rest or sleep in the early hours of the night.

  15. This is such a great way to sleep, to get to bed early and then rise early. I work in hospitality and we have events that I work in during the evenings through the months. I know when I do get to bed later than what I like to what is really important is that I don’t rush to get to bed. I keep my rhythm and make sure I lovingly nurture myself along the way.

  16. As I was reading this I was struck by the word “early”. It seems to me that what your grandmother presented to you was a way of living that supports our incarnation here on earth. In that way it is not so much about being early or late but about what is true.

  17. Going to bed early we allow our body to regenerate and rejuvenate so that it is best prepared to meet what the following day may bring.

  18. It is interesting how we can be ruled by the rhythm that is displayed on a clock on the wall rather than the felt rhythm of our own body.

  19. I agree that there are many distractions that keep us up late, I’ve noticed more that when there is no tv, early nights are much easier and early mornings become a joyful time of the day, a time to set the day up before everyone heads out, or just time to enjoy the stillness of the day before it begins.

  20. I was struck by this today – “It actually effects how I think” – and I really got it. That when I am tired, I have different thoughts. I’ve known this but today I got it on a deeper lever and felt the level of responsibility I have to make sure I get enough sleep as it is ALL SO connected.

  21. This shows us how the awareness has always been there and how we have been and still are the ones to choose to not allow it. I remember growing up ‘early to bed’ which is only relative to the time we now consider normal to go to bed as in those days it wasn’t really that early. It is almost like a message from the past meeting us now in the future as we set the standard of living from how we personally choose to live.

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