They say the early bird catches the worm, and research suggests there might be some truth to the old adage. 

Waking up with (or before) the sun allows executives like AOL's Tim Armstrong and Pepsi's Indra Nooyi to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world has rolled out of bed.

Those "extra" hours also give them a chance to do some creative thinking, fit in a workout, and spend time with family.

Ahead, 24 early risers who may convince you never to hit snooze again.

Max Nisen and Aaron Taube contributed to earlier versions of this article.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra

Like her predecessor Daniel Akerson, GM's current chief executive is an early riser. According to a New York Times profile, she was regularly at the office by 6 a.m., and that was before she even became CEO.



AOL CEO Tim Armstrong

The former Google executive told The Guardian that he was "not a big sleeper" and wakes up at 5 or 5:15 every morning to work out, read, tinker with AOL's products, and answer emails. Armstrong has a driver who takes him to work every day, allowing him to get things done throughout his hour-long commute.



Xerox CEO Ursula Burns

Burns uses early-morning hours to get caught up on emails, getting up at 5:15 and sometimes working until midnight, according to Yahoo Finance.

She also uses the time to fit in a workout, according to Laura Vanderkam's "What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast." Burns schedules an hour of personal training at 6 a.m. twice a week. 



GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Immelt told Fortune that he gets up at 5:30 in the morning every day for a cardio workout, during which he reads the papers and watches CNBC. He claims to have worked 100-hour weeks for 24 straight years.  




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