I Got Up At 5 AM For 2 Weeks, Here’s What I Learned…

Waking up early is probably one of the most important things if you want to witness your own success, no matter what area of your life we are talking about. It’s the cornerstone principle of having a healthy lifestyle, but helps giving you a life that will have you feeling fulfilled.

We all know that successful people are early risers, but it can be a challenge to wake up early in the morning when you’re a chronic night owl. Just like early birds experience a burst of energy and creativity in the morning, night owls get their creative juices flowing at night. I found myself to be more of a night person than a morning person for years. However, I thought it was crucial to my self development to see how things would be if I woke up early in the morning instead.

I got up at 5 am for 2 weeks, here’s what I learned:

1. Far More Productive 

Getting up early gives me a kick start for the day ahead. Besides allowing more hours for work, it also boosts my speed and efficiency. Studies have suggested that when a person gets up early, he/she is more energetic and takes lesser time to do a task that would take more time otherwise. By waking up early, I became more well equipped at making better decisions, planning and achieving my goals.

2. I Got To Eat Healthier Foods

Being an early riser also gives you enough time to have a good breakfast. Honestly, in my old schedule I wasn’t even eating breakfast. Not only did my diet improve, but I feel myself getting healthier. By waking up early, I have enough time to make a healthy breakfast and I’m able to eat dinner at an earlier hour.

Waking up early in the morning gives me enough time to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal. An essential part to our productivity is having a good and healthy breakfast. If you wake up early, you’re going to have enough time for a good breakfast that will have your body feeling even better.

3. Tackle The Tasks Without Feeling Drained

Morning hours are considered as the most productive hours of the day. Start your morning with the hardest tasks and you will easily accomplish the easier ones throughout the rest of your day. This strategy makes morning people more productive during the day and also gives them more energy in the evening.

4. You’ll Be in Better Shape

The most important thing is to manage your energy levels. If you exercise in the morning, you’ll have more energy the rest of the day. You’re more likely to work out in the morning and stick to your routine. That makes complete sense when you think about how full your afternoons can get. It’s easy to just go home, but if you get it out of the way in the morning, you won’t have to worry about it. Morning workouts are a great way to give your body an extra boost. In addition to that, I saw myself getting in better shape because I wasn’t eating as late as night and going to bed on a full stomach.

5. Mental Health

One very significant benefit of waking up early is reduced stress levels. When you wake up early, it eliminates the need to rush in the morning. You can then start your day on an optimistic note and such positivity often stays with you throughout the day. People don’t realize it, but being up before the sun comes up can be great for your overall mental health.

6. Peak Willpower

Another major benefit of waking up early is that you’re willpower will be at its peak. Willpower is a limited resource that gets renewed every day and it’s highest usually in the morning. After you’ve had a very good night’s sleep and you’re physically energized, you can use it to your advantage. You can use it to break bad habits such as smoking or find ways to start a new business.

7. Wake Up Feeling Better

Night owls feel terrible waking up in the morning with the sun shining up agains their face. We’ve all been there and most of us wake up with puffy eyes and over time, you start developing wrinkles. The best part of waking up early that I learned was that I didn’t wake up feeling tired and drained. I also began reading that many morning risers have much fewer wrinkles and skin issues.

8. Have More Time For The People You Love

When you wake up earlier, chances are you can accomplish many tasks in the morning. When you head home from the office, you have more free time to spend with your family, friends,or just yourself. No more urgent projects or emails after 7 pm. Life is too short to spend it with your gadgets only. I learned that more people are awake and available during the day than they are late at night.


Waking up early is the key to having a healthy lifestyle and success in life. This will impact your life a great deal. Make no mistake, improvement will be inevitable, no matter in which aspect of life we are talking about. In this post, I shared with you what I have learned when I tried getting up at 5 AM for 2 weeks.

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