I listened to a book about a year ago (I’m a huge audiobook fan), called ‘The Miracle Morning’. It talked a lot about how your morning routine can dictate your entire day. One of the points it stressed the most was waking up at 5am. Luckily, I had been waking up that early for a while already (my spin class is at 6am). In conjunction with this book, everything I’ve ever read or known about uber-successful people is that they all have a common denominator of getting up reeeeeeally early.
In university, I used to wake up at 5am because it was the only time I could workout (which I’m completely addicted to). This habit wavered as I got older – I’d go a few weeks sleeping in at a time (7 or 8am) but I don’t think I’ve slept far past 8:30 or 9am in a very long time.
What I learned and love from getting up at this hour are a few things: 1. You have a couple hours of complete silence – not a lot of people are up at that hour, so your phone/emails are likely not disrupting you or your chance to have some serious alone time. 2. You have time to prepare! Workout, read, journal, meditate, cook food for the day – a lot of people make excuses for not eating well or getting to the gym but it’s actually really simple – just wake up earlier. 3. You feel in control of your day; not having to rush in the morning really does set the tone for your whole day. I strongly believe that setting yourself up for success mentally and physically is the best thing you can do.
Sleep is one of the most important factors to your health, so if you plan to join the 5am club, don’t be going to bed at 1am, but give it 2 weeks and see how you feel. I guarantee you it’ll make a positive impact in your life.
It’s 7pm now – so off to bed for me! ... Just kidding.