Optional getting up at 5 a.m. seems absurd to most people. Who does this? According to our research, some people and among them famous personalities such as Apple boss Tim Cook and Heidi Klum. Blogger and Social Media Manager Sarah Opheij also discovered getting up early a few years ago. We spoke to her and got some tips about the 5AM Club.

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She really does get up at 5 a.m. every morning, Sarah confirmed to us right at the beginning of our interview, and these are the reasons: 

Sarah: "Waking up at 5 a.m. gives you the feeling of having achieved something great that others cannot easily achieve. I have the feeling that I can master everything and this energy accompanies me throughout the day."

And Sarah needs this energy for her independence and the many projects and customers. In fact, self-employment was her motivation for getting up early. "It just lacked the structure. I had so many tasks and not enough time,” she explains to us.

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How exactly can one imagine the 5 am club?

Sarah: "The alarm goes off at 5 a.m. and I get up right away. I just go to the bathroom, put on some clothes and go for a walk outside for 20 minutes. It's an incredible feeling: you're ahead of everyone else and that gives you THE push for the day. When I'm back home I meditate for 20 minutes and use another 20 minutes to educate myself. I read a book or listen to podcasts. Only then does my working day begin and I switch on my cell phone and laptop." 

First thing in the morning you take an hour for yourself. Das gives you the energy for the day and a full hour of time with yourself - because that's what we are honestly, when do we take an hour during the day just for us? When the To dos pile up and we can't keep up with all the work, it's often us ourselves who do it we then forget first.  

Sarah: "It's hard at first, but over time you realize you're more productive. In addition, you are just so proud to have made it - to stand up in front of many others. Just try it out!” 

It has been proven that willpower is at its greatest between 5 and 8 in the morning. At this timeThis also makes difficult or unpleasant tasks easier for us.

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Enough sleep is important!

The body needs between 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. So when is the bedtime triggered? 

Sarah: "I need 7 hours of sleep. Sleep is important and above all healthy sleep is important. Important for physical and mental health. That's why I go to bed between 9:30 and 11."  

If you have trouble falling asleep, you can HERE read our tips for a better sleep.

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Early morning snoozing is not!

But what about those people who really can't get out of bed at 5 a.m.? 

Sarah: "It's all a matter of routine. It is not without reason that it is said that we need at least 30 days to integrate a new routine. Also, you don't have to get up at 5 a.m. You might as well join the 6 am or 7 am club. It's about getting up 1-2 hours earlier than usual. That way you have more time for yourself, you're proud of having conquered your weaker self right at the beginning of the day and you use this energy for the tasks of the day."< /span> 

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Here are Sarah's tips summarized again: 

1. New routine: Give yourself and your body time for your new routine and then enjoy the Me -Time in the morning with yourself - without cell phone, without laptop -, draw energy for the day and use the power for your To Dos. 

2. Get up straight away: Don't think! Just get out of bed, put on something and get out! 

3. 3x 20 minutes: Create a small routine or use Sarah's as a guide: 20 minutes of walking, 20 minutes of meditation, 20 minutes of education. You can also go jogging for 20 minutes and do yoga for another 20 minutes. You decide what is good for you ! 

4. Sleep is important: So remember at least 6-8 Hours of sleep, reschedule your bedtime and ensure perfect sleep hygiene in your bedroom. 

5. Show the day your best smile: Feel every day great and see things positively! 

Author: Anne-Marie Berlin

Eliane Wikert