My Early to Rise Journey

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I have been concerned about my sleep habits for a while. I stay up too late and get up too late, feeling like I’ve wasted part of my day, always feeling like I’m running late and am behind on everything. This hasn’t been good for my physical or emotional and mental health.

I have prayed that God would help me to change my sleep habits. I have tried doing it on my own. I’ve tried a couple of different accountability programs. I was ready to give up when I stumbled across a mention of the book The Early to Rise Experience: Learn to Rise Early in 30 Days by Andy Traub on Facebook. I decided to try it, but I didn’t mention my experiment to anyone because I was afraid I would fail. Again.

While my track record isn’t perfect, I am doing better with the Early to Rise Experience than any other program or accountability group I’ve tried for changing my sleep patterns and reclaiming the early morning hours of my day, starting with Bible reading and prayer time.

God answers prayers in mysterious ways. I’m “fully persuaded” of that. Sometimes he even uses a casual mention of a book on Facebook.

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10 Responses to My Early to Rise Journey

  1. Adrienne says:

    I hate feeling rushed in the morning. I love to wake up and have some quiet time before everyone else wakes, but rarely have the discipline to do it. To beat everyon up, I’d have to wake up around 5:30. Sigh…me no likey. I’ll have to check out that link.

    • It does require a lot of discispline. It has been difficult but very rewarding for me. If you get the book, let me know what you think and how it works for you! It’s always nice to “know” a friend who is on the journey with you.

  2. Sharla says:

    I am such a night owl and have been getting up early to do my computer work in the mornings for about a month and it is not getting any easier. I might need to try a program or some type of accountability or just change my attitude about it.

    • I’m a night owl too, Sharla, but I’m finding that I can do this, if I just make up my mind to do it. I really think that was my biggest problem. In fact, I read today about setting up consequences for yourself if you don’t rise early like you planned. 😉

  3. I’d like to rise early… but the problem for me is that 1) I’m a natural night owl; 2) my kids don’t have any sort of consistent sleep patterns. My boys tend to get up on any given night at any given hour for any given reason… or not. So I tend to stay awake during the time that they’re most likely to wake and I still might have a chance to get them back to sleep. In the mornings, they might want to get up with me and stay awake… and then I’d get *nothing* done. LOL.

    • I understand, Gina! Our daughter’s sleep patterns are more predictable now than they have been in a long time, and that helps tremendously! When you have a child with special needs, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do! (And I do admit, since I’m rushing the kids off to bed earlier, they’re getting up earlier. That means I’m going to have to get up even a little earlier to get the quiet time I need! 😉 )

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  5. andy traub says:

    Way to go and thanks for buying my book!

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