Why You Should Wake Up at 5 AM
By: Ashley Chiapuzio
Getting up early can sometimes feel like the most crucial thing in the world for some people including myself, but studies have shown that waking up at 5am, or even just an hour earlier every day could impact your life and ability to get things done more efficiently. A study has shown that nearly fifty percent of self-made millionaires wake up at least three hours before their workday actually begins. Many successful people such as Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, gets up at 4:30am every morning to go through emails, exercise, and enjoy breakfast before the work day. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, wakes up at 5am to meditate, workout, while also having the time to eat breakfast before heading to work.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can just go to bed whenever you want to; it also means going to bed an hour earlier which can be hard for night owls like myself. Research shows that you should be getting a minimum of six to seven hours of sleep every night. To help reach these hours, it is even encouraged to not use your phone an hour before you go to bed.
I wanted to see what an everyday routine was like for someone that wakes up at 5am every day, so I turned to YouTube to look up some. I came across a young woman, Ellie June, who shared what her morning routine was like. She starts off her 5am morning routine by making her bed right when she gets up, which sets the tone for her entire day and doesn’t tempt you to climb back in bed. After drinking a glass of water, she then goes to the bathroom for the everyday tasks everyone does. After drinking a glass of water, Ellie then heads to her room to do some journaling and meditation. “Morning Pages” is what Ellie calls her journal entries where she writes whatever comes to her mind at the moment. Whether it be ideas, plans for the day, what she’s grateful for, or even just writing what she’s stressed about, Ellie has written about them all. Doing this everyday helps Ellie organize her thoughts, open her mind for creativity, and bring more serenity into her life. She takes a moment to just breathe and enjoy her “quiet time” in the morning through meditation. Meditation can do amazing things such as reduce anxiety, reduce stress, increase in positivity, and give you a peace of mind. After meditating, she heads out for a run or sometimes will go to the gym for a workout. Many people don’t exercise at all simply because they can’t find the time or they are tired after a long day of work, but having that time in the morning can help get a workout in. She then begins making a healthy breakfast of avocado toast with eggs on top. Of course, there are many other healthy breakfast options such as oatmeal, yogurt with fruit, a smoothie, toast with peanut butter and banana, etc. It is nice to actually be able to sit down and enjoy your breakfast rather than rushing out the door late for school or work. She finishes her routine by getting ready and leaving to start her day at school.
I decided to try this routine for a week and ended up failing miserably the first two days by hitting snooze ten times, then falling back to sleep. I wasn’t going to give up just yet though. I ended up finishing the week waking up for the routine and was surprised of how accomplished I felt. I noticed that I was more productive throughout the day and even went to bed earlier every night. It was also great to get a workout in to make me feel more energized for the day.
Everyone has a certain routine and daily tasks they have to take on everyday, but sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Waking up at 5am may seem impractical or unsuitable to some, but a lot of people who do so have claimed it changed their life. It doesn’t hurt to try new things or experiment with a new routine, mainly because it could lead to a healthier lifestyle. Having that extra time in the morning allows you to have time to yourself or just making time for self-care in general. We often forget how important it is to take some time for yourself, especially in times of stress and living in a fast-paced society. Mental and physical health should be your first priority, and if that means taking care of yourself while still being productive, then I’d say waking up at 5am is worth it.