Getting up early

mikhael

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The main issue is that my kids are waking at 6, or 7, rarely after 8. If I wake up at 0430 I will have a time to traing, but there is a catch, I will have to go to bed as early as possible. Otherwise the insufficent time of sleep might become my enemy. I have two kids in age 2,5 year and 11 months.
 

dc

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Garbage man here, wake between 2/3am depending on Day. 20 mins of os & super joints. To early for food or even coffee for me. S&s when I get home 10/12hrs later, luckily only 15mins drive to work. Hate it, but do what needs to be done. Was late riser late to bed before this. Had always done my best late evening/night, body will adapt when forced to.
 

offwidth

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Garbage man here, wake between 2/3am depending on Day. 20 mins of os & super joints. To early for food or even coffee for me. S&s when I get home 10/12hrs later, luckily only 15mins drive to work. Hate it, but do what needs to be done. Was late riser late to bed before this. Had always done my best late evening/night, body will adapt when forced to.
Not even coffee? That's hard mate!
 

Tobias Wissmueller

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If one asks "What time do you get up?", one should also ask "When do you go to bed?" and "How much uninterrupted sleep do you get?"

Have always been a night owl, all my life. Since I became father I have this dream to regularly wake up early and do something useful with a clear mind and no interruptions. Am slowly getting there and after a while into S&S woke up at 5:00AM and for a while even at 4:30AM.

This was great but was not sustainable because the kids sleep late and wake up several times during the night. After couple of weeks where I was able to sleep normal until 6:30AM and practice in the afternoon, I am getting back to 5AM and see how that works out again. It is a huge mental difference reading that 5 instead of the 4 on the clock when the alarm goes off ...

This morning got up at 5AM again. It was so nice, no mental baggage and all is quiet. Plus, heart rate is much lower as well :)
 

damogari

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Wow, I wake up between 5:30-6:00 and was thinking that it's "early".

I was "night owl" for the most of my life. Than I read "The Morning Miracle" and became an "early bird". I believe you can choose to be one of those two, you just have to work on your sleeping schedule. One thing that I like is to wake up always on the same hour and going to bed when you are tired. On some days I go sleep on 20:00-21:00 (when there was a lot going on), on the others I can stay til midnight. It depends how much energy was left.

The nice thing about waking up early is that you can do all your stuff before even going to work. When I get in the office on 9:00-10:00 I already have done my morning routine, training, did groceries, prepared food, and even read some books / played videogames. Then I see my colleagues at work complaining that they have so many things to do when they get back home. When I get back home I have a free time until going sleep :) Really recommend it to every night owl.
 

North Coast Miller

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4:45 am, at work by 6:30 and home at 3:00pm and have just enough time to work out before the kids get home. I get to bed around 10 - 10:30pm.

I've worked all sorts of goofy hours, bottom line I can run well on 6.5 hrs of sleep and OK on less for periods of time. If I consistently get less than 6, I start having trouble.
 

Wesker11

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Bed at 9:30am, 9 on a good night. Up at 5:30. Coffee, super joints, coffee, tai chi, coffee WOF breathing, coffee, training. In that order. I'm lucky I work from 10-7.
 

Harry Westgate

More than 500 posts
Good God (my exact words upon reading the responses here)...

Having been a true night owl for the past 8.5 months having been working in a restaurant as a waiter 3-4 nights per week (part-time, alongside university), I've considered 12am an early night to get to bed. Naturally my body clock adjusted and so on average I seem to have been going to sleep around the same time a lot of you are waking up (anywhere from 2-4am). This has not been so much due to finishing work outrageously late (midnight has been an average finish time), but rather the fact that it takes me a couple of hours once I get home to eat, shower, and most importantly, wind down!

So what time have I been waking up? About midday if I'm rising early, but hey, I'm just a lazy student ;)

However, the times they are a changin', as I've now left said waiting job and next Monday start full time as a victim care coordinator (working to support victims of crime), a career I've sought after for a while now. As such I have a week to flip my sleeping pattern on its head since my shifts will start at 8am lol.

Here's hoping I can mimic some of the early risers here!
 

ShawnM

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I wake up at 0345 every day, weekends included. I grab a cup of coffee with some heavy cream and a scoop of whey and blend it up. Hit the hot tub to warm up the joints, drink my protien coffee and catch up with SF. I get to the gym at 0500, train and leave by 0600. Go home, eat fats and protien, shower, toss on the uniform and then go to work.

I get home from work around 1500, go for a walk, come home and screw around until about 200. Hit the bed and read for 30 minutes and then usually pop a melatonin and pass out until 0345 the next morning.
 

wespom9

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Certified Instructor
but rather the fact that it takes me a couple of hours once I get home to eat, shower, and most importantly, wind down!
I have never understood the long duration of "wind down" needed before bed. Somehow, my body lets me finish BJJ at 9pm, home by 930, shower and read, out like a light by 1015-1030pm
 

Wesker11

More than 300 posts
I have never understood the long duration of "wind down" needed before bed. Somehow, my body lets me finish BJJ at 9pm, home by 930, shower and read, out like a light by 1015-1030pm
I do the same, Jujitsu over at 9:00 and I'm in bed by 9:30 and out by 10. Cold/hot/cold shower helps me. About a minute each. Also my bedtime cocktail. :)

Magnesium
Melatonin
Calcium - careful with this one
Sometimes Lemon Balm or L-Theanine
 

jawamac

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Hmm. Guess I just struggle when it comes to switching off... :(
Not at all man. My wife religiously goes to bed at 10pm and is out in less than five minutes! Me, it takes me a few hours to unwind as my mind is racing, which usually makes me work a bit, so I'm finally getting sleepy at 1:30ish am.
 

Steve W.

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On another thread someone quoted a book written by the guy in the video in the OP. Below is the quote and my response from that thread, slightly updated.

@Boosh32 Posted:
Retired US Navy SEAL commander Jocko Willink wrote in the book "Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win," which he cowrote with his former platoon commander Leif Babin.

Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning," he writes. "I say 'first alarm clock' because I have three, as I was taught by one of the most feared and respected instructors in SEAL training: one electric, one battery powered, one windup. That way, there is no excuse for not getting out of bed, especially with all that rests on that decisive moment.

He explains:

The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life ...​


@Steve W. Posted:
One of my life rules is: "Set the alarm for the time you want to get up and get up when it rings. The snooze button does not exist."

I don't consider this a matter of discipline but of practicality and logic. Why would I want to wake myself prematurely out of a sound sleep if I'm not going to get up? I wouldn't ask my wife, "Honey, I don't have to be up until x:00, but could you make a loud noise and wake me half an hour earlier? Then could you do it again nine minutes later -- and then every nine minutes a few times in a row after that?"

I get up at 3:50 every workday and I don't get enough sleep (I have no trouble falling asleep, but rarely get around to going to bed before 11pm).

I also don't consider this a matter of discipline or a point of pride. I have to be at work early, don't like to feel rushed, and like some quiet time to shower, dress, walk the dog, make and eat breakfast, have coffee, read the newspaper, do the breakfast dishes, and mentally prepare for my day.

By itself, I would never say I only NEED this little sleep. But all things considered, it's a reasonable, albeit imperfect, compromise for me, and I've been doing it for over a decade. I also have two months out of the year when I get up between 6 and 8am and can get 7 or 8 hours most nights.

Maybe some would consider this discipline, but I look at it as doing things the way I prefer (as opposed to discipline being forcing yourself to do something you would prefer not to do).

There's definitely a tension between getting the maximum amount of sleep possible, which has many benefits, and waking up earlier than you absolutely need to in order to carve out a little extra time each day where there generally aren't a lot of other demands.

But I don't think there is any moral dimension to waking up in the morning. I would not like to live my life with the mindset that every moment and decision is a test that I have to pass by forcing myself to make the less pleasant choice.

BTW, I never train early in the morning (just personal preference).​
 
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