One of my recent habits I have been developing is to wake early and enjoy the dark and quiet hours of the morning. Though my wake up time has not been exactly consistent every day, I have been consistent in waking up early each day. Today, I woke up at my favorite time: 4:00 am.
This may seem a little early to some, if not completely absurd, but I will defend this time for a few reasons. Firstly, it helped me to first start waking up early. Once I changed my aim from 6:00 to 4:00, I became more active in my attempts, and started going to bed at a reasonable time. when I was waking up at 6:00 (or trying), others and myself would argue that I could still stay up late and get up at 6. But now I can tell myself and others, “I have to get up so early tomorrow, you won’t even believe me when I tell you.” Often times, they don’t believe me, until I end up going to bed at 8:30 pm. Then they probably sympathize for me, and don’t try pressuring me to stay up later. It forces me to change my entire lifestyle, rather than just trying to change my wakeup time.
Secondly, I have more to look forward to at 4:00. The day is completely silent, and I get hours of time to be productive by myself before anyone else wakes up. Those un fathomable early hours of the morning are so beautiful, and I personally am much more productive in the mornings. It’s not daytime, so it forces you to think differently, or to stay focused. At the same time, it is still possible to do many things. I generally shop at Meijer, which is a 24-hour grocery store, which I can do at 4am if I please. Also, my gym opens at 5am, so by the time I am awake enough to work out, I have the option of doing that.
Also, it is a good balance. I like getting up early, but I don’t want to get up so early that it’s not yet morning. I got up just before 3:00am recently, and I was a little disoriented. By the time other people woke up, I was desperately craving social interaction. Everyone thought I was a little off that day. But I do enjoy the early hours of solitude, and I’m learning to appreciate the earlier hours of sleep too. Going to bed at 8:30 pm doesn’t bother me. I actually enjoy it. Some evenings I am unable to get to bed that early because of other obligations. However, for the most part, there isn’t anything going on that I feel that I am missing. I feel more that others are missing the beautiful hours in the morning.
I recognize that my sleep schedule is not for everyone, but naturally, since it is mine, I believe it to be the best. I am glad that I am really forming a habit out of it. It makes me feel more productive and be more productive. I am very happy with it so far.