I used to think I was more of a night owl and not a morning person. I didn’t have a regular bedtime, and my mind would fight with my body about going to sleep. My body would feel tired, but I would ignore it because I wanted to stay up. I didn’t have any good reasons to stay up, there was more of just a sense of not wanting to go to sleep because that meant I was closer to the next day, which gave me a sense of dread.
It would be hard to wake up in the morning. I would hit snooze multiple times. I didn’t value the idea of a bedtime routine or morning routine. The morning was usually a rush to get out the door because I hadn’t woken up with enough time to really get ready.
I hear pretty often that I am crazy for getting up so early. Or, people are just amazed that I keep this schedule and actually enjoy it!
I get up at 4:20 AM Monday through Thursday to go to a group workout at the gym from 5-6 AM. I have been doing this routine for the last year and a half. I feel so accomplished to start my day this way, and the committed routine makes it feel easy for me to up this early. It wasn’t always this way. (Stay tuned for more on this in an upcoming post.)
Going to bed early, in addition to making the commitment itself, is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to keep this schedule and even really look forward to it and enjoy it. This way, I get around 8 hours of sleep and feel good in the morning.