For many years, I was what some like to call “restless elite.” I’d go to bed at five in the morning, and wake up at around eleven…
Yes, I could properly function on just 6 hours of sleep. But I also drank a gallon of Coke, 5-6 coffees, and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, so “function” might not be the kind of word that I could define even if you’d slap me with a dictionary. Or use it to wake me up.
I did all this because, well, in case you didn’t know, I live in the future.
My timezone is Bucharest, Romania. GMT+3. Which means I am usually a few hours ahead of just about everyone who reads my blog, so to fix this, I’d go to bed around the time the sun would rise.
Then things changed.
Well… I am not quite old, but that lifestyle was as chaotic as lifestyles can be, and it took its toll on my body. I’d be less and less productive, I’d have trouble sleeping, I’d have issues concentrating…
Then, when I started working out, I’d be a mess. I’d fall asleep at 7:30 PM, besides an hour nap after lunch, and even so, I was pretty much a zombie throughout the day.
Soon though, energy levels started to rise. I’d be getting up at 5:30 AM, then at 5 AM.
Now, I usually wake up at 4:30 AM, sometimes sooner, sometimes later. I do not set an alarm clock. I also go to bed at 9 PM sharp most nights, sometimes even sooner than that.
What I noticed is the fact that I get more stuff done before everyone else wakes up than I used to get when I’d wake up at around noon. I also eat two meals and work out for two hours before noon. That’s insanely cool, because then I get another 8 hours of pure grind. Fantastic!
Here’s what helped me become an early riser:
- Working out. Obviously. If I don’t go to the gym, I can’t fall asleep until 1-2 AM.
- Going to be as early as possible.
- No mindless stuff at least an hour before bedtime: this includes TV, watching movies, or scrolling through Instagram.
- No computer screens at least one hours before bedtime.
- ASMR usually works to put me in the mood for sleep.
- Get excited about tomorrow. I plan most of my to-do list for the next day before going to be. I get excited about falling asleep, so I can rise as early as possible the next day.
Are you an early riser? Night owl? Both?