When Should You Pray and Why?
When the sun rises Sa:tvic qualities are going down. During the early hours Sa:tvic qualities will be there. As the sun raises Rajo Guna starts to appear. At sunset Thamo Guna starts to appear. If Rajo Guna comes up we won’t be able to understand god. So we should pray as early as we can in the morning because it is the most auspicious time of our day. Even the scriptures have suggested that, one should get up early in the morning, and take a bath and worship deities. It is only after performing the morning worship that one should lay our hands on the daily chores.
The first prayer upon waking up in the morning helps one’s mind to concentrate right from the beginning of the day. This concentration creates positive energy in one’s soul. You should sleep 6-8 hours for a normal person.
The positive energy brings a positive attitude for the whole day and it helps the person to become a better perceiver and conceiver of the happenings around him. The vibration one gains via first morning prayers guards him against pessimism and evil surroundings. Wake up with the rising sun. Waking up early is critical to preventing depression, because sleeping during the late morning, after 6:00 a.m., causes the shrotas, or channels of communication, to be clogged with impurities, leading to dullness of mind, depressed moods and slow communication between heart and mind.