While most of us can agree that sleeping in after a long day or even a long week feels amazing, recent studies have shown that starting your day at 5:00am can be beneficial to your work and even your health.
Now for us morning people, adjusting to this schedule should be a minor change, but for any night owls out there, is it worth it to make the change to an early riser and set your alarm for 5:00 am?
How to Start Waking Up at 5am
My first piece of advice is that for the most part it doesn’t matter what you decide to do at 5am, but at least go to bed with a plan in mind. You can even make a list of things you usually don’t have time for, or chores you want to get done. Or you can just spend that time creatively by writing, painting, sketching, relaxing or your choice of exercise.
The first few days will be rough and your bed will try to convince you to stay, but the best way to beat that is to not waste any time and get up right after your alarm sounds. You also don’t have to shoot for 5am at first; you can start by setting your alarm a half hour earlier each day until you find your sweet spot. Keep in mind it can still take up to 10 days to be completely adjusted to this new schedule, so hang in there!
My last piece of advice is to go to bed at a reasonable time. You still want to be sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night so you have the energy to rise early.
And you don’t have to wake up at 5am everyday; staying out late and waking up late are still awesome too, on occasion! But if you’re trying to be more productive and get a head start on your day, waking up at 5am could be the change you need!
The Benefits of 5am!
Getting up at 5am can feel like the most difficult thing in the world in the beginning, but it can help set good momentum for the rest of the day. It takes discipline to create and maintain any new habit, so use that momentum to dominate the rest of the day too.
I would say one of my favorite things about morning is the silence it brings, before the neighbors wakeup and school traffic starts up in the world. This doesn’t mean you can’t listen to music or play guitar and create some noise, but at least the noise is all yours and hopefully more relaxing.
I also find myself rushing much less in the mornings because inevitably you have more time to get everything done. So instead of starting the day panicked and already working o
n your to-do list, you can take your time and savor your coffee rather than chugging it!
The main point of waking up at 5am is to take care of you, so it doesn’t really matter what you do!
I unintentionally made this change and my body now naturally wakes up anywhere from 5:00- 5:30am. I usually start my coffee and watch some Youtube or Netflix to fully wakeup, then I’ll do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of yoga before beginning my day.
Overall waking up early and giving your body and mind time to wakeup slowly can provide your whole day with a different more maintainable pace!
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