I WAKE UP AT 5 AM EVERY DAY, HERE’S HOW I DO IT

JUST DO IT! HAHA

But really, how does one even find time to wake up at 5 am. I tell my friends and family and they’re like what the hell? How do you do it?!

Waking up at 9 am is considered late for me now.

SO HOW DO I DO IT?

Well it starts with going to sleep early ish the night before. I try to go to bed at least by 11 pm every day, sometime it’s sooner. That gives me about 6 hrs of sleep. It really depends on the person though. Some people need more than 6 hrs of sleep. Although, there is those people who go to sleep at 2 am because they spend all night watching TV or on social media. That habit needs to change ASAP.

I try to limit my TV and social media in bed. I have a TV in my room but I hardly EVER watch TV in my room, it’s just there. I do have my phone on my dresser next to me. My phone is there but I always silence it and spend a few minutes on it before I go to bed, but I try to limit it. I have spent countless hours wasting time scrolling through social media in the past. It’s never ending. If you are that type of person, change that habit. Put your phone somewhere where you cannot reach it. In fact, when you are in bed you can’t look at your phone at all. The blue light does not help either. It keeps you awake. I know some phones have a blue light filter, but still it’s not worth it. Silence it, turn it off.

I replace my phone with a book. If I can’t fall asleep for some reason I read a book. It’s usually nonfiction because I don’t want to process too much information. I usually start getting sleepy after 15 minutes. The problem nowadays is that people stay up because they bring their phone to bed.

I don’t use my phone as an alarm. I have actually read about this in a lot of blogs. My reason is different though. I don’t like using my phone as an alarm because it’s annoying, pisses me off when it wakes me up. I hate it. I use my Fitbit blaze. You can actually set an alarm on your watch and it will wake up with with soft vibrations. It’s actually way more relaxing and less annoying. There is no sound that comes out of the watch, it’s just vibrations. Pretty cool feature. If your watch does not have a feature, go get an alarm clock.

I snuggle less. I share my bed with my soon to be husband. I don’t know about you, but when I snuggle him, it’s so hard to get out of bed. I limit that. I will give one snuggle and then jump out of bed. I know myself, and I know if I continue to snuggle I will never wake up.

I jump out of my bed. I mean sometimes, not literally. Once I wake up and get up, I just get off and walk to the bathroom. Even if I am exhausted, I don’t go under the covers. I get off and turn on my hallway light and just start moving. Sometimes I am sluggish and groggy, and sometimes I am chipper af. It just depends on the amount of rest I received the night before.

Before I even drink or eat anything, I have a 12 oz. glass of water. Your body has technically been fasting all night long and you have not had a drink of water that whole time. That’s why sometimes when you wake up, you feel extremely parched. Don’t head for that coffee or muffin or whatever. Before you do anything, drink a glass of water. No ifs, ands, or buts. If I was feeling sluggish or groggy this usually wakes me up right away.

The best reason I have for waking up at 5 am is that no one is at the gym that early. I hate going to the gym in the afternoon to workout because it’s full of people and some machines are taken. This is my WHY as to why I wake up at 5 am. Even if I am tired af, I know that if I workout at night, I will have less energy and be blah. When I want to go back to bed, I remind myself of how ughhh it feels working out at night and get my ass up.

I don’t have breakfast because I am not hungry. I workout on an empty stomach. Don’t try this at home. This is me and this is how I like it. I do take a pre-workout and BCAAs for energy and so I won’t gas out. If you train longer than 90 minutes, I highly suggest eating something before a workout or after 90 minutes.

The last piece of advise I want to put out there. If you are one of those people who doesn’t have the time to workout or doesn’t have time to do anything, waking up at 5am will give you that extra time to be active, or run errands or whatever it is you don’t have time for. Remember, time is the only thing that we can’t get more of. If you sleep in all the time, and you wonder why you never have time to do shit, well this is the reason why.

Start slowly, make it a habit. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you usually do and gradually move to 5 am. The body is highly adaptable and in no time, you will have gotten used to waking up. It’s not rocket science people, it’s just about how bad you want it.

Also, stop saying you’re not a morning person. That’s just an excuse.


What’s you wake up time? Why do you wake up at that time?

-Ruth


 

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