Why I Wake Up at 5:30 a.m. Every Morning and What You Gain From Doing It

Late last year, I made a decision that was utterly out of character for me - a decision that would have a lasting impact.

The decision was to wake up at 5:30 a.m. Every morning.

Why? It’s a legitimate question I’ve asked myself. It’s not about waking up before the sun comes up. I like to sleep as much as the next person, but I discovered something in those early morning hours – I’m able to accomplish certain activities that have a considerably positive impact on my state of mind and consequently my happiness.

If waking up early with the intention of making the most of the day appeals to you, here is the routine I’ve adopted.

Clear Your Mind

Take 5 minutes and relax. Concentrate on your breathing. Inhale through you nose and out your mouth. Appreciate the calmness around you. If your mind wanders, which is natural sometimes, try and bring it back. Stay focused on you breathing and nothing else. You’ll be surprised by the clarity that 5 minutes of simply mediation can bring you.


Get moving – even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. A daily dose of exercise, or even stretching, gets the blood flowing and allows you to fully wake up and feel energized while letting go of stress.


Reading for 20 minutes every morning allows you to stay informed and absorb knowledge that you can instantly put into practice to help you get closer to achieving your goals.


In those early morning hours I take the time to make my kids breakfast and help set up their day. This ritual helps ground me and reaffirm what is truly important in my life.