Do you ever wonder about the benefits of waking up at 5 AM?
This is a much talked about topic, and I’m going to discuss why it might make sense for you to wake up at 5 am to be more productive.
Waking up at 5 am has benefits that will affect many aspects of your life. It can affect your productivity, your physical health, and your mental health, directly and indirectly. When you wake up early, there’s more time to get things done before the rest of the world wakes up.
In this post, I’m going to talk about various benefits of waking up this early, how to wake up as early as 5, and I’ll share a short story about how I was able to massively increase my productivity and start earning more money simply by getting up at 5 in the morning.
Let’s start by talking about some of the benefits of being an early riser and getting up super early.
You’ll Get a Headstart on Everyone Else
First and foremost, when you wake up at 5 AM, you’re going to get a headstart on the rest of the world. You’ll have started your day well before almost everyone else, meaning when breakfast time rolls around, you’ll have already gotten so much done.
The extra time you’ll have in the morning will help you do things like do ample morning exercise – think of the health benefits here – and get tasks done that you might normally put off till the evening when you’re settling down for the night.
If you’re into side hustle culture, there’s a lot of money to be earned before everyone else wakes up. When I wake up at 5 AM, I can pump out an entire blog post before most of the world heads out to work. Alternatively, I can go to the gym and do a morning workout. You could wake up at 5 to go for a run if running is something you enjoy doing or if you simply want to get into better shape.
You Can Get Things Done Peacefully in the Early Morning
Whatever you want to get accomplished in your morning routine, it’ll be easier to get done because your mornings will be so much longer now. Most people are asleep, possibly including your kids.
You won’t feel rushed when you have several hours of the morning at your disposal.
My wife used to work at a pharmacy, and when she’d work afternoons into evenings, she’d regularly leave for work at 11 AM. By 11 AM, my day was almost finished because I had been working since around 5:30. That gave me the entire rest of the day to whatever I wanted, including continuing to work if I chose. But I could also get stuff done around the house.
All in all, getting up at 5 AM leads to longer, more peaceful mornings, where you can get tons of things done, whether work or pleasure.
Early Productivity Can Lead to Better Health
We’re often at our bests in the morning. When you wake up early and do things like exercise, yoga, meditation, and such, you set yourself up for a better and healthier day. Exercising in the morning, for example, leads to better focus, a better mood, and will help you with your overall energy throughout the entire day.
As of this writing, my wife and I plan to sign up to the gym right down the street once the weather gets warmer so that we can exercise first thing in the morning. We’ve done this in the past, and I always feel amazing after spending even 30 minutes doing a morning exercise routine.
If you wake up at 5 to run, as an example, you’ll supercharge yourself for the day, giving yourself energy, focus, and a boost to your mood.
Do a Morning Side Hustle to Earn More Money
Many of my blogger friends are stay-at-home or work-at-home moms. They tell me that they get most of their blogging work completed in the early mornings before their kids are awake. This means they’re doing their money-earning tasks before the world wakes up.
This isn’t just limited to blogging, of course. In fact, you can check out these many ways to earn money online, many of which can be done any time of the day, from anywhere. Why not start waking up early and earning some more money?
You Create Discipline for Yourself
Self-discipline is all about working hard without being told that you have to. For many of us, no one forces us to get up at 5 AM and do things that we don’t have to do, such as hustling for more money, exercising for our health, or simply enjoying the time spent alone. Successful people have loads of self-discipline, and there’s something to be said for that.
Take Care of Yourself Before the Day Begins, Instead of After the Day Ends
I used to be a night owl, and I was all about vegging out until the last possible minute before I’d have to go to sleep before waking up the next morning. Over time, this would lead me to be tired and grumpy in the morning and not wanting to get anything done.
When I started waking up early, I knew I could spend an hour or two in the morning doing whatever I wanted to help me prepare for the day. Some days are challenging – I think that’s true for everyone – and having some extra time in the morning to mentally get ready is super helpful. That could mean a hot shower or bath, some TV or YouTube, or just catching up on reading. As I write this, I’m re-reading Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier, which was the first personal finance book I read that truly motivated me to turn my life around to get my wife and me out of the 9-5 grind forever.
How to Get up at 5 AM
So, how do you get up so early? It’s a bit more complicated than setting the alarm if you don’t already wake up this early or close to it.
Wake up Earlier Gradually
To wake up at 5 AM and not feel tired, the best thing you can initially do is work your way back to getting up that early gradually. That means going to bed earlier and earlier and setting your alarm clock earlier and earlier. You could do 15 minutes earlier each day if that works for you.
Some days, you might miss your alarm, but don’t fret. The idea is that to wake up at 5 AM when you normally get up much later, your goal is to get there gradually.
A quick note: You can certainly try to do it in a single night and force yourself to stay awake once you wake up, despite the lack of sleep. I did this, but it was utterly difficult, and I’m not sure if I recommend it.
Go to Sleep Earlier
Many people ask, “If I want to wake up at 5 AM, what time should I go to bed?” – The answer is, “It depends on how much sleep you need.”
If you need 8 hours of sleep, then you’ll likely want to go to bed at 8:30 PM, giving yourself 30 minutes to fall asleep. If you can get by on less sleep, then going to bed slightly later is doable. Likewise, if you need more than 8 hours of sleep, then it makes sense to give yourself more time and possibly go to bed as early as 7:30 PM.
No Caffeine in the Afternoons
Having caffeine too late in the day can make it difficult to fall asleep. When you’re trying to get your sleep schedule under control, eliminating afternoon caffeine can help assure that you’ll get to sleep on time at night. I’m not a medical expert, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but I’d say if you need to be asleep by 9 PM, then you don’t want any caffeine after 3 PM or so. Basically, you want to maximize the number of hours between your last caffeinated beverage and the time you go to sleep to best encourage a night of healthy sleep.
Practice Getting Up Early
Before beginning a 5 am productive morning routine, practice getting up early. That means getting up at 5 for at least a few days to ensure that you’re used to it. I usually get up between 5 and 5:30 in warmer months (any time besides Winter). It takes me almost a week to adjust, but once I do, I feel great and get so much done once I do. I’ll talk about this in the next section.
Everything takes practice, and getting up early is no exception.
How waking up at 5 AM Skyrocketed My Productivity and Helped Me Make More Money
A quick story, if you’ll humor me. I used to go to sleep at 3 AM or later and wake up at Noon or later. I was a night owl and never thought anything about getting up early.
One night, I was watching YouTube, and YouTube recommended a video to me. The video discussed the benefits of waking up at 5 AM.
I wasn’t currently happy waking up so late because I wasn’t getting much done. I had an interest in blogging but simply couldn’t focus on writing.
Frustrated, I decided to try it for five days. Could I wake up at 5 AM for five days?
The first morning was pretty awful. I woke up at 5:15, went to my computer, and fell asleep in my computer chair for a half-hour.
The second morning was similar. By the third morning, I was able to get up at 5. I decided to attempt to be productive, so I told myself I’d do some writing and see if I could produce something coherent. After a couple of hours, I was able to get a lot done, also enjoying the fact that so much was done before my wife even woke up. I got a lot written (over 1500 words).
Days 4 and 5, I wrote another 1500-2000 words each morning before my wife even got out of bed,
Anyway, what’s the point of this story? By the end of the 5th day, I was convinced that I was more productive in the morning. I ended up getting up early almost daily for months and I wrote a lot, worked on this blog, and just generally started feeling better. I was able to get more tasks done and felt more alive even.
Okay, this didn’t turn out to be a very interesting story, haha. A year later, after getting up between 5 AM and 6 AM most days, I will say that I have successfully gotten this blog and my SEO business jumpstarted. Some days I’m an utter mess in the morning, but most days, I get so much done, and it’s helped me earn a fair share of money online with my wife helping me run our online business.
Wrapping It Up
Waking up at 5 AM isn’t for everyone, and some would argue that it doesn’t even matter. I would say for everyone to at least try it for a week or two and see if they find themselves more productive in the morning. Even a lifelong night owl like me ended up discovering some serious benefits for waking up really early.