My wife is waking up at 4 a.m. for 5 a.m. shifts, and I’ve been getting up with her (solidarity!) pretty often. Well, every time.
It’s confusing the cat, among other things, and I think it might be confusing me a little bit. Good sleep hygiene means getting up at the same time and going to bed at the same time as much as possible. I also don’t mind getting up at four, as it turns out.
Maybe I should just do 4 a.m. I mean, it’s not like 5 a.m. is doing me any favours in terms of evening activity. “I have to be in bed by nine!” is as much of an inhibition on being out and about as “I have to be in bed by eight-thirty!” I don’t know why I’m only budging a half-hour on bedtime if I’m moving my wake-up by an hour.
Doing the math, asleep at 9 and up at 4 means I get seven hours of sleep. That’s pretty good, right? And naps on weekends?
I’d say “I’ll experiment,” but I’m kind of experimenting now. The big question is whether I want to just commit to getting up at four on the regular. I sure do get a lot done when I get up that early… it’s honestly tempting.