Waking Up at 5 AM Every Day is Overrated: Here's Why

“Waking up early has changed my life”, “Ten strategies to help you get up at 5 am every day”, “Become successful by getting up before sunrise”- how many times have you come across these phrases on the internet?

Written by: Anuva Kakkar


“Waking up early has changed my life”, “Ten strategies to help you get up at 5 am every day”, “Become successful by getting up before sunrise”- how many times have you come across these phrases on the internet? Google result shows over 150 million articles on these gimmicks. In a world of productivity battles where everyone is talking about magical 5 am a success, I am here to share the other side of the coin.


To start with, I have to inform you that barely any research exists which says that waking up at 5 am every day will make you a high achiever. However, several studies done in past convey the following:

  • Lack of sleep makes a human unhappy.

  • Sleep deprivation is a productivity killer.

  • Snoozing alarms is a peace criminal.

  • Moving against your chronotype is terrible.


5 Reasons Why Waking Up At 5am Everyday Is overrated:


#1: Hustle and Productivity:

It is assumed that people who wake up early every day are ahead of others and work more. However, it is not the truth. Hustle comes without time. If you wake up at 5 am and sit on Instagram or TikTok for the entire day looking at people doing their stuff, will it take you to success? No! However, putting your energy at the right things when you are awake (however late that may be) will take you towards productivity and high results, gradually.


#2: Sleep Chronotypes:


I am sure you would have heard of personality theories which say that everyone is different based on their traits. Similarly, each one of us has a distinctive sleep chronotype too. Are you wondering what it is? A chronotype is a body clock which has an impact on the sleep and liveliness of an individual. This means that there are different times when people of different chronotypes prefer to sleep.

Look at the image below to understand the four (4) types of sleep chronotypes which exist.

As you can see, how you sleep needs to be according to who you are as a person.

Therefore, the benefits of early rising do not belong to everybody. Knowing your chronotype and functioning accordingly is important for productivity as well as health.


#3: CEO Success:

How many times have we been told that Steve Jobs woke up at dawn? Or that Jack Dorsey wakes up at 5 am or that Jeff Weiner gets up at 5:30 am, and Indra Nooyi at 4 am? That’s great on their part and we should respect it. However, if this makes you feel guilty then it might be because you have not been introduced to those incredible personalities who wake up according to their practice. Given below are the names of famous humans who wake up when they feel so and use time in their favour.


  • Mark Zuckerberg

  • Warren Buffet

  • Cynthia Ozick

  • Alexis Ohanian

These leaders do not set an alarm and love taking their beauty sleep. They depend on their natural body to get up from sleep in the morning. Look around yourself and see how many friends and your acquaintances wake up when they wish without putting themselves in any condition and exceed the limitations of productivity, performance and results.


#4: Energy Management

Waking up early promises you immense energy throughout the day. Undoubtedly, the morning sunshine can fill you with power, positivity and strength, but the question is- for how long can you sustain that? Will it make you work with the same energy for the entire day? You might manage to get up at 5 am, but sadly, get back to sleep for an hour or more after lunch. Therefore, keenly observe when you are most alive and function according to it.


#5: Alarm clock:

Multiple alarms in the morning can have a terrible consequence on your system. It can hamper the stage of your sleep. Hitting the snooze button 10 times and then waking up at 11 has already killed half of your brain stamina. Therefore, do not be too hard on yourself and make it simple by believing in your system rather than listening to the 5 am success stories.

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