The First Two Weeks of Waking Up Early

The first two weeks of my current 4 week experiment has had its ups and downs. I’ve been waking up around 5 am every weekday, but the weekends have been less successful.

As I thought, I don’t need extra sleep when getting between 6.5 and 7 hours a night. I’m mostly fresh(-ish) all day long without feeling too sleepy behind my keyboard after lunch. But as soon as I get less sleep, I get very tired. It seems I’m right at the edge of getting too little sleep each night.

For me it’s important to see my friends regularly. When we meet, it’s usually in the evening. I go to bed later. I still get up early. It doesn’t work. It ends in fatigue, and I need to wake up later.

Another thing I’ve noticed that I get around 2 and around 4 hours of deep sleep alternating each night. Even though this is not a sleep study, I’m curious about this. I’d like to see what happens in the coming weeks.

The next two weeks I’ll go to bed half an hour earlier and still wake up around the same time, getting between 7 and 7.5 hours of sleep every night.

Other than that I’m keeping my morning ritual the same for now. I’m getting enormous benefits from it, accomplishing more in mere days than I used to do in months, I’m more focused, and getting fitter.

While it’s more difficult than I expected to find the right schedule, I’m noticing no other downsides. This experiment is huge: it feels like I’m finally getting control over my life.