I often get asked, “why are you waking up at 4 am every day?” Sometimes, I wake up at 4 am. Sometimes, I awaken at two or three in the morning! So, why on earth am I waking up at such an early time!?
FO·MO/ˈfōmō/noun INFORMAL — Fear of Missing Out
That is the definition of FOMO. However, being that it’s almost always social media based, you would instantly think that one would have FOMO only because of social media and the excitement on it.
No, my particular form of FOMO, which I’ve discussed before, has something entirely non-social media related! Although, I do have some FOMO when regarding social media, I have a much bigger problem.
My particular definition of FOMO has to do with the fact that I’m waking up at 4 am every day! I am waking up at such a wee hour of the mornings because I have a FOMO or fear of missing out on the things I LOVE to do.
I work a job that requires me to be gone from home from 8:30 am until 6-6:30 pm. Not terrible, not horrendous. I know there are people out there that are in their work place, or have a large commute that is much longer. I’m not complaining! I simply have a terrible, horrific time trying to manage my time!
I wake up at 4 am every single day because I fear I’m going to miss out on being able to do the things *I* love to do. These things matter to no one else. Not many people out there can understand my need to do this. I need to wake up every single morning, in the middle of the night, just so I can have some time to myself to complete the things I love.
Well, typically a morning begins depending on what time I wake up. Although, I do wake up early each day, it is a different time each day. Sometimes, I am up as early as 2 am. I usually get a solid four to five hours of sleep each night so it all depends on when I go to bed and how long I stay asleep.
This is a list of things I accomplish and/or do while I am waking up at 4 am every day:
Anyway, that’s mostly what I do for about three to four hours, depending on when I awake, before the day begins. It’s something that is very important to me to get done. Spread kindness like confetti to those who may or may not need it. With that being said, I really want to ensure I’m doing that to my close friends as well, just to check in, also. However, just spreading a kind word takes a few moments time. I take about 20-40 minutes each morning on social media: Instagram and Facebook mostly and just give some encouraging words.
It’s also very important to me to get some of the previous day’s troubles out of my mind. I have considered doing my ‘morning pages’ late at night before bed to try to rid my mind of the plaguing thoughts prior to sleeping to maybe allow myself to sleep more. However, I feel as though if I were to write ‘evening pages’, I would simply stir the pot in my mind of the day’s troubles and tomorrow’s worries making me sleep even less.
I don’t mind too much that I only sleep about five to six hours each night. I know the ‘ideal time to sleep’ is a full eight hours. On the other hand, I also know that some people use to sleep in clusters instead of a full night’s sleep. Two to three hours up, an hour nap, repeat. I believe I simply function better working at four to six hours of sleep per night, with a catch up sometime around the weekend of a solid six to seven hours. I am not exhausted at all during the day, quite the contrary, I am quite energetic and awake all day. So, I guess that works for me.
What is your morning routine? Do you have to sleep a full eight or more hours a night to feel refreshed?
Let me know in the comments below!