How I Wake Up Before 6 A.M.

11 tips for early bird aspirants.

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  1. I got a solid 7–8 hours of sleep every night.
  2. I had time to eat a good breakfast.
  3. I had time to get work done, resulting in less stress.
  4. I had a lot more energy to channel into my life.
  5. I witnessed an amazing sunrise every morning.

#1: Do Your Research

  • What time will you go to bed and wake up every day? Try to make it as consistent as possible.
  • How long will you sleep each night?
  • What will your bedtime routine look like?
  • What will your morning routine look like?
  • What projects or goals are you working on that can motivate you to get out of bed?
  • What resources can you use to help you understand your sleep?
  • What resources can you use to help you implement that understanding?

#2: Limit Your Phone Use Before Sleeping

#3: Put Your Alarm Far Away From Your Bed

#4: Don’t Go Back to Bed

#5: Drink Water and Eat Breakfast

#6: Wash Your Face

#7: Keep Your Goals Nearby

  • Do work
  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Breathe
  • Write 500 words of this article by 12:00 p.m.
  • Eat an apple as a snack at 3:00 p.m.
  • Get to bed by 11:00 p.m., turn off phone half an hour before (10:30 p.m.)
  • Do a guided meditation or breathing exercise video before bed

#8: Stretch

  • Reaching for the ceiling
  • Reaching for my toes
  • Standing quad stretch
  • Shoulder rolls
  • Cross arm stretch
  • Wide-legged standing forward bend

#9: Get into a Routine

#10: Don’t Change Everything At Once

#11: Keep Track of Your Progress

Downsides of Waking Up Early

  1. Commitments to friends and family may prevent good quality sleep.
  2. If you end up training your body to jerk awake at 5:00 a.m. every morning, it sucks. A lot. Especially if you went to bed late after binge-watching bad Netflix shows.
  3. It may not be suitable for your individual situation, preferences, and physiology. (E.g. Ethnicity and socioeconomic status can play a role in your sleep schedule).



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Ryver Knight

Ryver Knight


Student by day, YA fantasy author by night. Currently fighting a caffeine addiction and daydreams of eating cookies for a living…it’s a struggle. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯