Early birds catch the worm (and a much bigger salary), new research has found.
A survey of more than 2,500 Brits has found that those who wake up before 7am earn an average £15,000 more a year than late risers.
The majority of those surveyed (63 per cent) rose at 7am or later and earned an average salary of £21,300.
The average salary of the remaining 37 per cent was £36,500.
This is likely to have been skewed slightly by the fact that London was the capital of early risers, with 19 per cent of the pre-7am-ers living here.
The survey also asked the early risers what they do when they wake up. Some 58 per cent said they carry out work-related tasks, 48 per cent said they work out and 31 per cent prepare food. One in ten, meanwhile, get up early to plan their outfit.
Helen Turnbull, a spokesperson for Hillarys, which commissioned the research, said: “In most cases, you get out of life what you put into it and getting up earlier gives you more time to achieve during the day. So these findings really highlight the fact that if you want to earn more then you’ll have to produce more.”