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Want to Start Your Day at 5 A.M.? Get Ready to Make These 4 Sacrifices

Waking up at the break of dawn is a trait shared among top performers in businesses nationwide. However, getting up and getting after it every day doesn’t come without its sacrifices.

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BY Jordan Scheltgen - 08 Nov 2017

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Waking up early is a common trait shared by many of the world's top-performing CEOs. In the early morning, you're free of distractions and able to put meaningful attention into developing yourself personally and professionally. It's time productive people maximize.

There are plenty of articles on crafting the perfect morning routine on Inc. That's not what this article is about. This article is about the sacrifices you will have to be willing to make if you want to start taking your mornings to the next level.

Waking up at 5 A.M. isn't the only way to be productive, but it's sure a good a place to start. To start having mornings that resemble those of powerhouse CEOs and top performers you'll need to make similar sacrifices.

1. Forget doing anything past 10 P.M.

The key to a productive morning starts the night before. If you consistently stay up late, watching television, working or doing a personal project then waking up at 5 A.M. consistently will be (i) unhealthy and (ii) a pipedream.

Set an alarm on your phone to get ready for bed around 9:30 P.M. to ensure you're in bed and energized for the morning. After a few mornings up at 5 A.M., you'll be craving your bed around this time anyway.

2. Be ready to be sluggish the first couple of mornings

Shifting to an early morning schedule isn't easy on the body, especially the first few days. Once you've made the decision to start waking up at 5 A.M. be prepared to have a rough couple of days energy-wise. You're reconfiguring your clock and this takes some time.

3. Say goodbye to hitting the snooze button

The snooze button is not your friend. Hitting it once at 5 A.M. is a great way to find yourself crawling out of bed several hours later. If you're a slower mover in the morning then getting up early is going to take some adjusting. I recommend downloading an alarm without a snooze option.

4. You should give up alcohol and junk food, especially before bed

If you're making the change to get up early, it's most likely to (i) get more serious about exercise, (ii) personal development or for (iii) uninterrupted time to work on something professionally.

To do these things optimally, there is no doubt eating healthier and minimizing alcohol intake will help you spring out of bed faster. Eating foods loaded with sugar and drinking alcohol both have shown to hurt the amount of deep sleep you get throughout the night. As a rule of thumb, don't eat or drink anything (except water) within three hours of going to bed.

There's a lot you can get accomplished when you wake up early. However, you need to be prepared to make several sacrifices to make the most out of your mornings.