Recently, a colleague invited all his friends and clients to join him in the ‘ Morning Club’. This required getting up at 5 a.m., exercising, working on projects for several hours and getting children off to school before arriving at the office at 9 a.m. This routine was touted as a means to make you more productive as you would have completed several tasks before you even got to the office.
Though I am very happy for my colleague for having found a routine which works for him and helps him achieve his goals, it is erroneous to assume that this routine will work for everyone. In fact, many people who try this routine will find that their health and well-being suffers and they are less productive than before. I know this both from my personal experience as well as working with hundreds of clients who request help in healing both their sleep and their health.
The idea of getting up early ‘to get things done’ comes from the view in our society that we are only valued when we are productive and sleep is to be minimized because it keeps us from being productive.