Musthafa Ebadi
Why Do I Wake Up at 5:00AM?
by Musthafa Ebadi on August 3rd, 2014

Growing up one thing I liked doing more than anything in life was sleeping.

When I was in high school I remember sleeping past noon every weekend, and during summer vacations waking up past 1:00PM was a daily ritual with some exceptions (forcefully)

During University I remember dreading the 8:30AM classes, and my first full time job had a 3PM start time which was a dream come true.

It wasn’t till as late as 2008 that I realized the benefit and value of waking up early. I will not bore you with how I came to this realization but I noticed one common habit with people that I follow, look up, or desire to imitate their success in life including my idol Bill Clinton. They all wake up at 5:00AM.

Over the last 5+ years every weekday I am up anytime between 4:45AM to 5:20AM (except few months last year)  and its unbelievably amazing how much energized,  accomplished, and happy I feel by end of the day.

They say the first 2 – 3 hours after you wake up your brain is very fresh, is firing on all cylinders, and has better thinking and decision making power than any other time of the day. After meditation and quick exercise I start my day by thinking about my day ahead, plans of my current week, goals for weeks and months to come, and my vision of what I want to achieve in life. I make a point to learn something before 8:00AM as well as define a specific do to list for the next 24- 48 hours.

Then the next 90 minutes are spent on most important, difficult, and convoluted to dos of my day. Why? Majority of people don’t start their day till 9:00AM and spend their 1st 30 minutes “catching up” which means you have a relaxed, uninterrupted, and quite time to do the above without any distraction.

Now if you think about it by 9:30AM you are 6 – 8 steps ahead of everyone and their schedule. Because you have your exercise, plans and goals defined, difficult and convoluted tasks out of the way, and few cups of coffee along the way you naturally feel happier, more energized, focussed, and in possession of the most valuable element of life….time.

Your schedule for rest of the day in envy of over 85% of souls living in North America.  And it is because of one simple factor; waking up at 5:00AM!

Believe me you when I say that its not easy. I am still a person that sleep past 11:00AM on most weekends for the love of my sleep, so waking up at 5:00AM isn’t very easy for me. However I push myself by simply thinking about the difference it will make in my day and my goals. As a goal and achievement oriented person that’s the biggest kick I get to jump out of the bed.

Go ahead and give it a try. Try it for 90 days doesn’t matter how hard it gets, and on 91st day it becomes a routine.

In the next few weeks I will document a list of things you could do to make it easier to join the 5:00AM club but to begin with you should be on your bed no later than 9:30PM and not awake past 10:00PM.

Maybe in few months we can collaborate on how much your life has changed - for better -  by simply tweaking your sleep schedule!

Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.

Thanks for reading!

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HB - August 3rd, 2014 at 7:55 PM
Well said. As difficult as it may be, it gives you time to exercise and map out your day and even prepare yourself a non-rushed healthy breakfast. Keep up the great articles!
- August 3rd, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Thank you Hanif! Appreciate it.
Akbar Popal - August 4th, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Great read. The benefits of waking up early are limitless! I have to admit too I love my sleep.. Question from when you wake up on a weekday till bedtime , do you take a nap anywhere in between?

Nonetheless great post!

Akbar Popal

- August 4th, 2014 at 1:42 PM
Thank you Akbar Jan,

No I dont take any naps. I do go to bed however at 9:30PM or latest at 10:00PM which gets me a good 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep every night.

Thank you again for your kind words.
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