"Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise"

Essay by Robert StroudUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, March 1997

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"Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise," is one of the

most widely quoted proverbs from Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac. This

proverb is seldom disputed however I fail to see the logic behind it. I think that he who

goes to bed early misses out on a lot of things and must be antisocial.

Let us just say that everybody in the world sleeps eight hours a day, and every one

goes to bed at about eleven and gets up around seven but he who wishes to be healthy,

wealthy , and wise goes to bed around eight and wake up at about four. He would still get

the same amount of sleep as the rest of the world because not only did he go to bed early

but he got up early too so that destroys the logic that he would get more sleep and

therefore feel healthier.

If you were to sleep longer than the average person you might be able to think

more clearly which over time might improve ones physical and mental health which I

suppose could be interpreted as wisdom, but as we have established early to bed early to

rise does not result in more sleep. Perhaps if one were to wake up before the rest of the

world they would have peace and quiet which would give them an opportunity to read

which could make one more wise, but who can really learn that early in the morning?

Who exactly is going to become wealthier as a result of going to sleep earlier and

waking up earlier? I think that the average business person would become less wealthy as

a result of going to bed and getting up early. It would be pointless for a company to open

before the average consumer is even awake and it would be foolish to miss out on business

due to closing early so one's employees could get to bed early. I suppose that if one were

a cat burglar one might become more wealthy by conducting business while most of the

world is still in asleep, but I think most of the world would miss out on business by having

hours that conflicted with the rest of the world's.

Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise? Well it has yet

to be proven. Perhaps early to bed late to rise might improve one's health. It's baffleing

to determine how one is to obtain wisdom merely by going to bed early and getting up

early, unless maybe there are some really good documentaries on P.B.S. really early in the

morning. If one enjoys being alone waking up early might be the thing to do but one

should not be mislead by the proverb. Early to bed early to rise won't make you healthy,

wealthy or wise.