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Waking up early in the morning: How and Why?

nirbhayvashisht profile image Nirbhay Vashisht ใƒป4 min read

Before we start, I want to state that this article is for

  • people who are facing difficulties in waking up early
  • the night owls who are considering waking up early but are unsure whether it's worth it or not
  • Anyone who wants to read it

๐Ÿ“œ INDEX ๐Ÿ“œ

I recommend you to start from here
A little about my sleep schedule history
Why should you wake up early?
How to sleep early?
How to wake up early?


A little about my sleep schedule history

Ever since I was a little kid ๐Ÿ‘ถ,
I used to go to bed early and wake up early in the morning. (9pm-6am)๐ŸŒ…

Even in my school life I was able to maintain my sleeping habits
(10pm-6am)๐ŸŒ…

When I joined my engineering college, I started sleeping a little late. ๐ŸŒƒ

But I had to wake up early to go to college. (11pm/12pm - 6am)๐ŸŒ…

Eventually, in second year my schedule became 11pm - 5am and in third year it became 11pm - 4:00am/4:30am. ๐ŸŒ„

Then, as the third year ended and burnout ruined my sleep schedule. ๐Ÿ˜”

Recently, I managed to recover from the burnout and now my sleep schedule is back to 11pm-4am. ๐ŸŒ„


Why should you wake up early?

1. You get more time in the day

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Goddamit the day feels very long. ๐Ÿ™„
(Which is really nice, but it feels weird sometimes)
When you wake up at 4am ๐ŸŒ„,
you are basically done with most of your daily tasks by 9am ๐ŸŒค.
You practically have a minimum of 12 productive hours in a day.

2. You get a sense of achievement

Obama Meme

This feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled.

3. ๐Ÿ˜ŒSilence๐Ÿ˜Œ

It is usually very silent in the early morning which makes it easier to concentrate on your tasks.

4. You get a proud feeling that while most of the world is sleeping, you are working. This feeling is really good for your morale๐Ÿ’ฏ

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5. ๐ŸŒธYou'll feel better about yourself๐ŸŒธ

You'll have a positive attitude which will help you increase your output (or at-least make you happier)


6. Youโ€™ll Have a Better Chance at Completing your tasks๐Ÿ’ฏ


7. You can also just take it slow

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8. ๐Ÿ’Some health benefits ๐Ÿ’

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  • It improves your quality of sleep.
  • It gives you more time to exercise.
  • Not only you've more time to exercise but exercising in the morning gives maximum benefits.
  • It helps you to sustain a healthier diet.
  • It makes your skin look healthier(I don't have any proof though)

9. ๐Ÿ˜†Some funny (and possibly sarcastic) reasons ๐Ÿ˜†

  • You can talk about it on social media.
  • Internet speed is usually faster in the morning.
  • Your parents will become more happier for you.
  • You can brag about waking up early.

How to sleep early ?

  • Screens and Caffeine are your worst enemies.
  • Don't drink coffee within 6 hours of your sleep time.
  • Don't sleep for long during the day.
  • Stop using computers/mobile phones after 9 pm (Which is pretty unrealistic I know, but try to stop using them after 10 pm)
  • Go to bed at 10 AT ANY COST

The real challenge begins now.


DON'T TOUCH YOUR MOBILE PHONES NOW ๐Ÿ“ฑโŒ
(Unless of-course it's an emergency)
I KNOW โœ…
IT WILL BE VERY TEMPTING ๐Ÿคค
THE CONSTANT FEELING OF CHECKING NOTIFICATIONS ๐Ÿ˜ซ

THE CONSTANT FEELING OF CHECKING IF YOU GOT ANY NEW MESSAGE
BUT NO โŒ
YOU ARE STRONG ๐Ÿ˜ค
YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG ๐Ÿ˜“
YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THIS FEELING ๐Ÿ˜ค
YOU CAN DO IT ๐Ÿ˜Ž
(May be. I mean I don't really know you :P )
  • Now, you have to create this new habit of sleeping early.
  • If you are used to sleeping late chances are your body will be full of energy at night.
  • Lay down on the bed. Stay Still.
  • Don't overthink and focus on your breathing.

๐ŸŽŠTIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT๐ŸŽŠ


How to wake up early ?

(We are aiming to wake up @ 4:30 am )

๐Ÿ•™ Sleep early at night ๐Ÿ•™

Make sure to read How to sleep early?

๐Ÿ•Make sure that your stomach is full๐Ÿ•


Set your alarm like this

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Make friends with early risers and create a support system for yourself

  • Ask them to call you in the morning โ˜Ž๏ธ.
  • Ask them to remind you to sleep early at night๐ŸŒ‡
  • You get the point โœ…

You can ask your parents to wake you up in the morning

(add the words AT+ANY+COST in the sentence while requesting)


Wash your face immediately after waking up


๐Ÿตโ˜•Drink your favourite beverage(Coffee/Tea)โ˜•๐Ÿต


๐ŸƒCardio in the morning will wake you up properly๐Ÿƒ


NOTE: Don't make sudden changes. Try to wake up 30 minutes early everyday until you reach your goal

๐ŸŽŠ ๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽŠ

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When I wake up before 10am, I am so tired that I do not manage to do anything allday

 

It is not the case when you form a habit to wake up early. I agree you feel fatigued in the beginning.

 

This is not always true! There are those of us of a different chronotype. Our circadian rhythms are different.

 

Same here, and I wrote a joke of a response for us!

dev.to/athomsfere/why-you-should-b...

 

Get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day, it doesn't matter when during the day you sleep. Just have a regular schedule. That's the most important thing. There are not more working hours in a day when you get up early, or late. Anybody who claims otherwise is talking bullshit. The (regular) amount of sleep you need differs between people.

As a software developer one of the most important things to do before sleeping is: winding down from work. Make sure you don't have a problem in your head you want to solve, this will keep you awake. It's not caffeine that keeps you awake, it's the brain activity.

I go to bed mostly around the same time, and I wake up mostly around the same time. I don't use an alarm or anything.

 

Waking up early does not make the day any longer. Working from 9.00 to 17.00 is a more healthy schedule IMHO. Waking up at 4.30 (why not at 3.30, 3.00, or 2.00 ?? :-) ) gives just a "false sense of productivity" with negative impact on social life, family time, and even health (if you don't sleep enough hours)..

 

Reminds me of my first year ๐Ÿ˜… (new place) and my bestie used to wake me up @4 (from a complete different state) it was one of the most productive and scoring year ๐Ÿ˜Š
The article is precisely written ๐Ÿ‘Œ Good job mate

 

Thanks for sharing your story.
(Also, thanks for reading and leaving a feedback :D )

 

One simple but effective suggestion "never set the alarm of ur favorite song or tuneโŒ" Set a buzzing tune.
BTW thanks for this amazing article. I used to wake up automatically during college days but the lockdown has spoiled my schedule. Again I've decided to wake up early. ๐Ÿ˜‡

 

All the best for the positive change ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

 

Waking up early is totally a different experience and it makes me feel like I have a lot of time to finish of all my tasks for the day. Although I find it difficult to wake up early daily ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ I try to wake up at least once in a week.

 

That's great too Ashwin ๐Ÿ’ฏ

 

Nice. I've found everything in "how to sleep early" to be true. But it also helps to remind myself that everything good about the next day comes from going to bed on time. Make that the priority above all else and everything falls into place.

 

Getting up that early makes me very unproductive and unmotivated to do anything. If I sleep later then I have that free time at night...same as all the benefits you listed for waking up early. For me the perfect and most productive schedule for me is to go to sleep at 2am and wake up at 10am. I feel great

 

Early never worked for me. Not as a student, not later. But to focus just on last 10 years... Kid, wife, phones... everything goes silent after 23. That was always my most productive time... 23 to 02. Then sleep till 9. If I get up at 7, then those early birds find it out soon, phone rings at latest at 8, you get familly tasks, etc. Waking up at 5 is not an option. Then I would go to sleep at 22 and during the summer here, that's the most pleasant part of the day. Most of the year I'm far from lacking sun, no matter when I sleep. We have more than enough of that :)

 

Step 1 for me was have a child. My child comes included with a 7am alarm clock. For some reason, it doesn't sync to my alarm on my phone. It's always 7am or earlier.

Jokes aside, I have seen the benefits of waking up early; however, we're all different. Each of us has to find what works best. For me, that's starting the day with a fresh mind - getting my brain warmed up and easing into my work for the day.

 

After long such light hearted article...
Good one nirbhay ๐Ÿ‘
Just a friendly suggestion atleast you can take minimum of 7-8hrs of sleep at night it would be beneficial for your health...๐Ÿค—

 

Thanks Karanโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™
About the 8 hours sleep, I researched about it and I found that amount of sleep required is different for everyone(adult).

 

I think required hours of sleep depends on your lifestyle and many other factors. As I was a student, I slept only 3-4 hours at night and it was ok. When I went to my first job (8 am-4 pm) I slept 5-6 hours.
I worked as a trainer in coding school, got lectures at 4 pm so I slept up to 10 hours per night (or per day, cause my sleep schedule was 3 am-1 pm).

Now I sleep for 8 hours while I'm back to work 8 hours a day from 9 am to 5 pm. So I found my body needed various amounts of sleep in the past depends on how intense my life was.

Also a very good article, thanks for that :)

You are absolutely correct๐Ÿ’ฏ
Thank you for reading and leaving a feedback :D

 

Amazing article๐Ÿ˜‡
Going to start from today. ๐Ÿ’

 

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’ฏ
and All the very best

 

Love it! I am gonna start from today itself. I hope one day I'll be back to thank you for this article ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Let me know how it works out for you ๐Ÿ’ฏ
(Also, remember that it will be difficult in the beginning and you might even feel fatigued )

 

Really helpful ๐Ÿ‘

 

Thanks for reading and leaving a feedback :D

 

Interesting I am curious though how do you manage to keep such a sleep schedule if there are events on at a late time? Or if you have friends that like to go out late and come home late?

 

Once you form a habit, 1-2 day cheat doesn't ruin your sleep schedule.

 

Love this - thank you

 

Thanks for reading๐Ÿ’ฏ

 

Yes.... Wake up in Subuh time is health for us...

 
 

I'm quite curious how is sleeping 5 hours a day healthy. Could you share some sources? Until now everyone always convinced me that 6 hours is a healthy minimum.