Just because some extremely successful people wake up at 4 am every morning doesn't mean that's necessarily the right path for you.
When it comes to what time people go to sleep and wake up, society tends to split us into two categories. Early birds and night owls. In reality, it is a lot more complicated than that. Some people might well be both and are raring to go at 7 am off the back of just five hours sleep. Meanwhile, someone who wakes up at 8 am each day might consider themselves an early bird, but by that point, others have already been awake for hours.
It's hard for some of us to grasp, but there are some people whose day begins at 4 am, or maybe even earlier. In fact, psychologists have said waking up at that time of day is perfect for those of us who need to be productive. Since everyone else is still asleep, you won't be preoccupied with replying to messages and emails, and the roads will be clear if you need to get anywhere.
CNBC recently highlighted why waking up at stupid o' clock in the morning is not the key to success. If you force yourself to wake up at 4 am when you're not really used to it, chances are you'll be tired throughout the day and actually be less productive than you normally would be. The key is to get around eight and a half hours sleep, no matter when you're going to bed and waking up.
You should also listen to your body. If you wake up at 4 am and your body feels as if you have been hit by a truck, you should probably turn over and go back to sleep. Try and keep your sleeping hours consistent too. That includes not hitting the snooze button. By doing so, you are preparing your body for a lot more sleep, sleep it isn't going to get.
There are some people who actually need to be awake by 4 am. If that's you, and it is a daily struggle, much of the advice above still applies. Heading to bed at 7:30 pm might not sound like a lot of fun, but it might be necessary to your health and wellbeing if you are required to regularly get an early start. If you don't need to be up at 4 am, then trust us, doing so isn't going to be the key to your success.