Why do people really wake up at 5am? Is it because they’re ambitious go-getters who want to keep their noses to the grindstone? Or, for the most part, are there far more ordinary reasons behind the decision to get up at the crack of dawn? A recent Reddit thread on the topic reveals all…
“Work starts at 5am for me. Days off, I still get up at 5-6am, though, so I can skate as the sun rises and the heat isn’t intolerable. It’s a great way to center myself.”
“My boss can sense when I am comfy in bed, and this bothers him greatly.”
“Yup. Not a morning guy. But there last 9 years I wake up at 5 to punch in at 6.”
“My job is an hour away and I still need about an hour to cry in the shower.”
“Yeah, our office finally forced us to come back after 2 years of fully remote. I was hired during COVID so I never went to the main office before this. Now, I spend over an hour each way to drive there.”
“By 6:30 AM there is already gridlock on the way to work. I go in early and get off early, beating the rush hour traffic both ways.”
3. Can’t Help It
“Do you think I’m doing this on purpose?”
“You and me both. It’s either lay in bed angry because I can’t sleep or actually get up. I usually choose to get up.”
“I wake up between 3:45am and 5am every morning. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, either. I have no idea why I wake up so early and I can never go back to sleep once I’m awake.”
“I naturally wake up around then. I like it tbh, everyone else is mostly asleep too so it’s a peaceful way to enjoy a coffee and wake up at your pace.”
“As a teenager I could sleep all weekend. From about 30 I never needed an alarm clock as I would always wake up before I needed to. At around 40 I started waking up around 0630 and it gets earlier every year. I’m now almost 60 and am generally awake around 0430 and up and running by 0500 regardless of how late I go to bed.”
5. Stuff to Do
“S*** needs doing.”
“Yep…if I woke up at 9:00 am, I’d be p*****, like the whole day is shot.”
“Dog can’t seem to understand we sleep in on the weekends!”
“I got 3 four-legged alarm clocks too.”
“My cat politely lays on my neck until I wake up…”
7. Workout Before Work
“Yep 530 workout class before the day starts is the only way i seem to be able to tackle exercise, work and kids successfully in one day.”
“Yup, my husband and I get up at 4:30am every weekday so we can do a 5am CrossFit class. I know if I tried to workout after work, I would have so many excuses on why I would want to skip it. First thing in the morning makes us less likely to skip.”
“There’s a small human that pokes me in the eye and says “mommy up” until I get up and make her toast.”
“K I D S.”
“Keeping It Deliriously Sleepy.”
“100%. Mine woke up everyday at 5 am sharp during the baby stage. Now that they are getting older they sleep til 6-630 but I’ve been conditioned to wake up at 5 with or without an alarm. Doesn’t matter if I go to sleep at 10 pm or midnight, 5 am wake up call.”
9. More Time
“I have more time to f*** around.”
“The way I brew my coffee and make a morning smoothie takes a bit of time, and I like to watch the sun rise.”
“I get up at 5:30. I can have most of my day done by 8 am when normal people get up, meaning I can get things done a lot quicker since nobody else is about to interrupt or distract.”
“No chaos for the day, the day becomes peaceful…”
“Same, waking up at 5AM is the only way to guarantee I get 2 hours that day with everyone leaving me alone.”
What Makes You Wake Up Early?
As you can tell, waking up at 05:00 isn’t necessarily about seizing the day. For most people, they simply don’t have a choice! Whether their body clock betrays them or they have to get to work on time, waking up that early is the only option. Can you think of any other reasons to set an alarm for 5am?
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