Sleep Smarter, not Earlier

Debunking the Myth of Early Morning Success

James Halliday


Photo by Alexander Possingham on Unsplash

The online gurus; they say you need 8 hours of sleep. They also say you need to get up early. Like 04:00.

That this is what all successful people do, implying you’re a loser if you don’t.

But you can’t generalise for the whole planet like that.

More than 7 billion people? We’re not all the same.

For some, 8 isn’t enough. For others, 8 is impossible.

I’m the latter; I sleep in short stints of 1 to 2 hours and get around 6 hours. Sometimes 7 if I’m really tired.

Yes, I’ll be in bed for around 8 hours, so I’m getting physical rest.

But 8 hours sleep?


It doesn’t work for me. I can’t do it.

We need sleep. We all know that.

But figure out what works for you. Not what some online guru tells you you need.

Consistency is key: go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning.

That made a big difference; it dramatically improved my mental health. In addition, I stopped feeling tired on Mondays when I get up early for work, as my regular waking time is also early.



James Halliday

Project manager in live television, background in engineering and logistics. Biker, vegan, dad to two tiny terrors. Love travel, food, walking and photography