Here Is The Secret To Waking Up At 4 AM Without An Alarm Clock

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During my trips around Asia, I have been able to wake up at early as 3:30–4:00 am every day I was visiting countries such as Japan or Korea.

As I was sleeping in dormitories most of the time and didn’t want to wake up anyone with a 4 AM alarm (you know how unpleasant that would be), I simply didn’t use any.

I was waking up every single day very early, got myself ready, worked up until 10 AM, went to a restaurant for breakfast, and then my day was really starting by exploring new places.

How did I do it? Simple.

I wanted it.

That’s the secret to waking up early in life, it all comes down to whether or not you want it.

When I am in Japan, for example, I want to squeeze every bit of my day to be productive and enjoy the whole journey I experience there.

This is one of the places where I personally find myself very inspired and peaceful, so waking up so early and enjoying working in silence with the sunset isn’t a chore but a joy.

Since I am back in France, my home country, I wake up around 2 PM every day.

But I don’t feel the same type of excitement and need to wake up early because I don’t want to, or don’t need to.

As a matter of fact, here I prefer to stay up late and enjoy the serenity of the night rather than the one in the morning.

Sometimes waking up early doesn’t need to be.

It all depends, I think, on your environment and your motivations that push you to do things in life, such as waking up at 4 AM.

Back in Japan, I had one of the busiest schedules ever in my life. I had no time to “rest” by watching series or movies for example. Because I was feeling so well and alive with my busy schedule that I didn’t need to rest.

Weirdly enough, I also needed less sleep. 6-7 hours there vs 9-10 hours here.

My guess is that I was going to bed and waking up with a deep and meaningful purpose, in addition to sleeping at normal human hours which is beneficial for my body.

But those guesses might need some data check before you believe them as true.

If you’re someone who’s struggling with waking up early, or wants to wake up as early as 4 AM but can’t, here is what I would advise you to do:

  • Change your environment
  • Change your reason for waking up and going to bed early
  • Change what you do in the day, your job, activities
  • Understand your deepest ‘why’ in life, why do you do what you do?
  • Ask yourself if you really want/need to wake up this early
  • Don’t feel bad if you wake up late
  • Remember that it all comes down to whether or not you want it

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Charles Postiaux

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Product Designer | Content Creator | +140M views Photographer | Writing about Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, and Design — www.charlespostiaux.com

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