Whether you’re a sleep deprived parent, working shifts, commuting to work or an insomniac, 5am can feel like it’s far too early to be up. But actually, there are some advantages…
In this article, originally written for Buzzfeed, Annie Ridout finds 15 legitimate reasons it really is absolutely fine – in fact GREAT – to be up at the crack of dawn.
1. You may feel alone at 5am but you’re not
When the alarm (baby/toddler) goes off at 5am, you may not realise it, but you’re part of a gang of people around the world who are also up at the crack of dawn.
2. You get each other
You’re on a level with every single person who is also up stupidly early. You get each other; you’re comrades.
3. Others are worse off
You may feel like hell but there are people still up from last night, off their tits, who will be suffering a lot more than you (eventually).
4. You can make friends with the milkman
Most people never get to see or hear the milkman on his rounds. You will be aware of him coming up your road every morning. Pop out and say hello.
Being up at 5am means you have…
5. More time for yoga
You have an extra hour or two to practise your headstand and sun salutations. Or you can just lie on the floor and say you’re doing your *shavasana*.
6. And green smoothies
You’ll have time to whip up a super healthy green smoothies using all the kale and celery from your veg box. And then dash it in the bin and make yourself a proper breakfast with eggs, bacon and white bread.
7. Early morning boozing
The rule is that as soon as it’s dark, it’s totally fine to be boozing. At 5am, it’s basically still night-time – so feel free to kickstart your day with a crisp glass of white wine.
8. Time to clean
You can blitz the whole house and go to work feeling smug, knowing that you’ll be returning to a sparkling palace. Or just move the dirt around with a mop knowing that at least you’ve made an effort.
9. Get creative
There’s time to pursue creative endeavours, like learning to play guitar. You’ll do this for approximately three minutes before remembering you have sausages for fingers and turning on the telly instead.
Early starts mean you can…
10. Drink copious amounts of coffee
The first one will perk you up, the second one – even more so, the third you’ll feel jittery, the fourth… this is panic attack territory. Five is just ridiculous. But you’ll do it anyway.
11. Watch the sun rise
Every morning, you can gaze out the window and watch as the sun rises up into a glowing pink sky. Or not – because you live in London, where smog hides the sunrise and most days the sun doesn’t even come out anyway.
12. You might get a chance to shower
For parents of young kids, getting up early might mean you can actually wash. If you haven’t got kids – or they’re grown-up – treat every single shower like it’s your last. Seriously.
13. Have a boogie
You might not feel like it first thing in the morning – when your eyes are glued together with sleep and your limbs ache – but if you whack on some tunes, gather your troupe (kids, housemates, literally anyone you can find) and have a little wiggle, you’ll start the day feeling A-ok.
You’ll have plenty of time to make sure you’re looking tiptop before the day really gets going. Stare into a mirror, perfect your pout, style your barnet, straighten your tie – etc.
15. Explore wardrobe options
As well as face/hair grooming, you’ll have masses of time to plan a seriously dashing, catwalk-ready outfit for the day.
16. You can read The Early Hour
Every morning at 5am, an article is published on The Early Hour. It might be an interview with an entrepreneur, a feature article about sleep or a guide to eating out ethically. This one is not a joke – it really does exist.