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Nirbhay Vashisht
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Waking up early in the morning: How and Why?

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


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 👶,
I used to go to bed early and wake up early in the morning. (9pm-6am)🌅

Even in my school life I was able to maintain my sleeping habits

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

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

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

Then, as the third year ended and burnout ruined my sleep schedule. 😔

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

Why should you wake up early?

1. You get more time in the day

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

2. You get a sense of achievement

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This feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled.

3. 😌Silence😌

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 morale💯

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5. 🌸You'll feel better about yourself🌸

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

6. You’ll Have a Better Chance at Completing your tasks💯

7. You can also just take it slow

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8. 💝Some health benefits 💝

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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. 😆Some funny (and possibly sarcastic) reasons 😆

  • 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.

(Unless of-course it's an emergency)

(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.


How to wake up early ?

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

🕙 Sleep early at night 🕙

Make sure to read How to sleep early?

🍕Make sure that your stomach is full🍕

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 ☎️.
  • Ask them to remind you to sleep early at night🌇
  • You get the point ✅

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

🍵☕Drink your favourite beverage(Coffee/Tea)☕🍵

🏃Cardio in the morning will wake you up properly🏃

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

🎊 🎉 Congratulations 🎉 🎊

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What are your tricks to wake up early in the morning?

Top comments (35)

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Benito van der Zander

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

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Nirbhay Vashisht

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

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Austin French

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

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Austin French

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

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Michiel Hendriks

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.

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Stelios Sfakianakis

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)..

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Ashwin Sharma P

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 😅😂 I try to wake up at least once in a week.

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Nirbhay Vashisht

That's great too Ashwin 💯

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priyal Hedau

One simple but effective suggestion "never set the alarm of ur favorite song or tune❌" 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. 😇

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Nirbhay Vashisht

All the best for the positive change 💯💯💯

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Reminds me of my first year 😅 (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 😊
The article is precisely written 👌 Good job mate

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Nirbhay Vashisht

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

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Ravi Sahni

How could you sleep at 11 and wake up at 4.30? I mean it's not sustainable in the long run.

We all should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep. If you can't do your shit in 16 hours when you're awake, you won't become Jeff Bezos by skimping on your sleep.

What matters is the focus when you're awake. You might wake up at 7 am but if you feel groggy it's not worth it.

I wrote 10 articles every single night for my client's site London Dentaly between 10 pm to 3 am and delivered the project in just a week which would have taken a month otherwise. FOCUS guys!!

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Mirko Vukušić

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 :)

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Derek Hopper

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.

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katy lavallee • Edited

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.

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Ekta Maurya

Amazing article😇
Going to start from today. 💁

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Nirbhay Vashisht

Thanks for reading 💯
and All the very best

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🆖 Karan Oza

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

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Nirbhay Vashisht

Thanks Karan❤️🙏
About the 8 hours sleep, I researched about it and I found that amount of sleep required is different for everyone(adult).

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btlm • Edited

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 :)

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Nirbhay Vashisht

You are absolutely correct💯
Thank you for reading and leaving a feedback :D

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Enjoyed this post! This is exactly what I do, however I struggle waking up as early as I would like to. The earliest I'll get up is 5:30a.m. - 6:00a.m. . I'm working on fighting that early morning "don't-wanna-get-up" feeling, but a hot cup of green tea or coffee definitely does the trick :)

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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

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{Amogh Dixit}

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

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Nirbhay Vashisht

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