early morning experiment: results, part 2

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Yesterday, I wrote that there's not much difference between getting up at 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. for me. It's just slightly different degrees of really freaking hard to do.

That's true.

As long as I'm still getting enough sleep.

Getting up at 4:30 a.m. means going to bed at 8:30 p.m. most nights, with the occasional 9:00 or 9:30 sleep time.

Yes, there are some accommodations I have to make for 8:30 p.m. to happen. I get on my pajamas while my daughter gets on hers. I try to make her lunch for the next day as soon as we get home from the current day. I very rarely work at night.

Maybe you're thinking that won't work for you. Maybe you've got rehearsals until 10, or your kid has basketball practice until 8. Still, whether we're talking about aiming for 8:30 or 10:30, I bet most of us stay up later than we need to.

And the best way I've found to go to bed earlier--and to fall asleep almost immediately once I'm in bed--is to get up at 4:30 a.m. By nighttime, I'm tired enough that the things I used to think were so important to complete that day and the things I used to think were so necessary in order for me to wind down--those things seem far less critical indeed.

There's a sort of common wisdom that says this:

The way to get up earlier is to go to bed earlier.

What I've Learned, Part 2 is the reverse:

The way to go to bed earlier is to get up earlier.

After a few days of early rising, early to bed was a whole lot easier for me.

. . .

This is Part 2 in a series of short posts about what I learned during my early-ass mornings experiment.

I'll see you tomorrow for Part 3.

And hey, I've gotten quite a few questions about this experiment over the past few weeks. If you have questions you want me to answer in this series, send me an email or leave it in the comments.

With love from Cheryl

PS: You are not alone. Xo.