Why You Should Wake Up at 4:30 AM Every Day, According To A Navy SEAL

  • Published on May 13, 2018
  • With a busy schedule, Jocko Willink finds time to get everything done by waking up before everyone else does. Willink, former Navy SEAL and author of "Way of the Warrior Kid" explains the one habit from service that he can't shake.
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    Following is a transcript of the video:
    Richard Feloni: Are there some things from your service that you can't shake? So for example, you still wake up at 4:30 in the morning, to go workout, what was it about your time in the Seals, that you wanted to keep these habits up?
    Jocko Willink: They're good habits, why would you not wake up at 4:30?
    Richard Feloni: Well what does this bring to you?
    Jocko Willink: Waking up early? You just get a jump on the day. The reason I wake up at 4:30 in the morning is because no one else is awake yet, so that gives me the opportunity to do things that I need to get done, kinda selfishly for myself, and the big one in that category is working out. And it doesn't feel good at 4:30 when you get up, but by the time 7 o'clock rolls around, and you've already worked out, and you've already got some work done, and you've got some time to say goodbye to your kids before they go to school? It's infinitely better than sleeping in until 6:45, and you get out of bed, and now you've missed your kids going to school, or whatever. You're not prepared for the day, it's awful.
    Feloni: So if someone, maybe they don't have time to work out or they just need something that could be like a quick fix, is there something that you recommend?
    Willink: Oh yeah, workouts don't have to take a long time. Workouts can be very quick. Matter of fact, go do two minutes of burpees, as many burpees as you can, in two minutes, or four minutes, or six minutes, go and sprint, go and do anything very intensely, for a short period of time and you'll get great benefit out of it.
    Feloni: Something I'm sure you hear a lot is 4:30, like this either just can't fit into my schedule, or if I'm gonna be realistic, I'm probably not gonna wake up at 4:30, what do you tell people who say that?
    Willink: Yeah, and there's people that work night shifts, and there's people that it's unhealthy for them, they can't fall as-- it's like no, be healthy, get enough sleep, but, first of all, wake up at the same time every day and, if you pick that time and you start waking up at the same time every day, that's very good for you. It doesn't have to be 4:30, it could be 6:30, it could be 7, I don't know what your personal schedule is, but find out a time, pick it, set it, stick to it, and maintain that schedule, and that's gonna end up better for you.
    I recommend it's earlier. I recommend that you go to bed earlier, 'cause what are you doing at night, most of the time? Most of the time at night, you're not working on anything super productive, you're just winding down and watching stupid USclip videos, or surfing the internet, reading clickbait stories, right? Don't do that, instead, go to sleep, and then wake up early.
    Feloni: Could you explain that notion of discipline equals freedom?
    Willink: If you want more freedom in your life, you have to have more discipline. If you don't have any discipline, you'll end up with absolutely no freedom, you'll end up being a slave to other people that boss you around. There's all kind of problems that can occur, if you don't have discipline in your life. And the more discipline you have, the more freedom you're gonna have.
    Feloni: So just the discipline of the Seals, will never-- it's impossible to leave?
    Willink: No, it's possible to leave, there's retired seals all over the place that are undisciplined. They've moved on, and they don't care about that anymore. It's fine, I don't judge other people on what they're doin', like they're probably stoked to sleep in and hang out with their kids, and eat breakfast in bed, that's fine. I don't have anything against that. But for me? I wanna get up and go.
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Comments • 9 451

  • Daniel Tesfai
    Daniel Tesfai 9 hours ago

    What time should I go to bed then

  • Barath Kumar
    Barath Kumar Day ago

    More Discipline. More Freedom.

  • Ashton Beck
    Ashton Beck 2 days ago

    Clicked for the comments

  • Vladimir Lenin
    Vladimir Lenin 2 days ago

    I wake up at 4 in weekdays but in weekends sleep is not a thing

  • LiamPlays Hayday
    LiamPlays Hayday 3 days ago

    I work until 8pm at work home and eaten showered etc by 9pm. Asleep by 9:30-10 awake at 4/4:30. Even know my shift doesn’t start till 11am. College days were better as I start at 9am finish around 2-5pm depending on the day. Some days you get tired. But you go asleep earlier the next night to make up for it

  • Mosquito Army
    Mosquito Army 7 days ago

    I like staying up late so there's no way I'm doing this

  • Lucalegend
    Lucalegend 8 days ago

    I wake up at 4:30 cuz I have to work

  • フラビア
    フラビア 9 days ago

    Legendas em português, please!

  • Victória Viana
    Victória Viana 10 days ago

    Great advices! Thanks for this content!

  • Sean King
    Sean King 12 days ago

    80 percent of the commenters actually seem proud of being lazy and shiftless. "Dude it's like 5:30 AM right now and I've totes been awake all night, how badass is my complete inability to regulate myself? It's like I have no discipline at all! Eyuck yuck!" Then they'll cry when they can't make a good living and put up the Bern signal for Bernie Sanders to swoop in and whisk them off to Never Never Land.

  • Matthew Whyatt
    Matthew Whyatt 12 days ago

    Pick it stick to it
    Me: Ok, 1:00pm

  • Pastor Peewee
    Pastor Peewee 13 days ago

    10:00 a.m. Daily is good for me.

  • gundam116
    gundam116 13 days ago

    Getting less than 7hours sleep is dangerous.

  • swampthing401
    swampthing401 15 days ago

    what time do you go to bed to wake up at 4:30? if your giving yourself 8hrs of sleep you need to be in bed by 8:30pm... if you work till 5 like most people then you work , eat , sleep.. that sucks . it takes discipline to work all day and raise a family on 3-4 hours of sleep a day imo

  • Jimmy Yang
    Jimmy Yang 15 days ago

    Who else is up at 4:47 huh... No one ... Okay...

  • Kavya Sharva
    Kavya Sharva 16 days ago +13

    Why do these people even come to watch Inspirational videos, if they don't even want to follow those tips?


  • MRTN13
    MRTN13 17 days ago

    This man's head is perfectly helmet shaped

  • Budding Revolutionary
    Budding Revolutionary 18 days ago

    Due to my high school schedule at a college prep magnet school, for the past 4 years, I've been forced to wake up at 4 and sleep at the earliest at 10 p.m! ;D

  • nika nikuradze
    nika nikuradze 22 days ago

    i wake up naturally at 1pm, say whatever you want about me!

  • nika nikuradze
    nika nikuradze 22 days ago

    but most people aren't Flipin' Navy seal's!

  • Martin
    Martin 22 days ago

    so based on him discpline ===> freedom HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Martin
    Martin 22 days ago

    why would I not wake up at 4:30? glad you asked, well because I don't wanna feel like shit for the rest of the day? 2.because long sleep regenerates all bodily processes? 3.because I enjoy sleeping till 8-9 and feel good and rested? 4.because I have nothing to do at 4:30? 5.because I feel like shit when I was working out in the morning as my blood sugar dropped and my body wasn't in the optimal state to torture it at 5am thinking it's good? I wake up whenever I fcking want and based how I feel and you can keep your military bullshit discipline

  • Jester
    Jester 24 days ago

    The people that can make jokes about this don't know what it's like to serve.

  • Defy Convention
    Defy Convention 24 days ago

    Sleep is the devil

  • crownbock123
    crownbock123 26 days ago

    So you have to fall asleep by 8:30pm to get the 8 hours of sleep. No thank you

  • d t
    d t 27 days ago

    If thanos had my dad's haircut.

  • Danny Joey
    Danny Joey 28 days ago

    Starting the new routine of %am wake - just trying to get to bed earlier without distractions and not hit the snooze button or go back to bed when zombified in the mornings. There's getting up and there's waking up.. I just need to keep improving until it works every damn day. I've also noticed my best sleep efficiency is 6 hours, then 8, then 6, then 8 etc.. rather than 7 each night.. weird!

  • h
    h 29 days ago

    That super skinny boy wants to be a navy seal.

  • h
    h 29 days ago

    Why would you not wake up at 4:30 -that sum stimulus colonel shit right there

  • Jijitzue HD
    Jijitzue HD 29 days ago

    What if you have insomnia and can’t go to sleep

  • sdfvsd
    sdfvsd Month ago

    People are really stupid

  • Tristan C
    Tristan C Month ago

    You do NOT mess with this man. Not without.... consequences.....

  • Fatih MaulSyukur
    Fatih MaulSyukur Month ago

    fucc it, i woke up at 3 everyday

  • G G
    G G Month ago

    Absolute NONSENSE. This "hustle" lifestyle and not making time for proper sleep is such a childish and dangerous thing. Horrible.

  • Paul Nicholson
    Paul Nicholson Month ago

    No wife and kids it makes it easier.

  • Paul Nicholson
    Paul Nicholson Month ago

    Three something

  • Paul Nicholson
    Paul Nicholson Month ago

    Kurt angle

  • Jordan Hogue
    Jordan Hogue Month ago

    Sleep in until 6:45 haha we are in on different planets

  • OverHurdle840
    OverHurdle840 Month ago

    when u fall asleep at 5am.........

  • Juan Vargas
    Juan Vargas Month ago +8

    I’m 15 and I go to bed at 7:00 PM to wake up at 4:30 AM like this guy, but instead of working out during those early hours I spent it gaming until 7AM and then go to school 😎

    • Juan Vargas
      Juan Vargas Month ago +1

      Maxuo You are right , but I already speak Spanish and English so Im good, I will soon quit gaming because I know it is a waste of time

    • Maxuo
      Maxuo Month ago +1

      Juan Vargas don’t game. Do something more useful. Learn a language, code your own games, etc..

    THE SOUL Month ago +1

    Yeah I wake up early all the time I sleep only 1 hour a day the PTSD gets me but I need to get don't shit it doesn't feel good to get things done then not doing anything I feel like I don't feel like I accomplish anything.... If I'm forced to sleep I can't sleep for months for some reason 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • MK Josol
    MK Josol Month ago


  • DR H
    DR H Month ago

    I work with haggard old women who get up at 2:30am and they don’t make a big deal out of it.

  • Daniel
    Daniel Month ago

    "Sleeping in to 6 AM" wdym

  • John Drew
    John Drew Month ago

    “what are you doing at night? watching stupid youtube videos.” this is the most accurate statement.

  • workonlinecoach
    workonlinecoach Month ago


  • Spicy Doge
    Spicy Doge Month ago

    I'm going to wake up at 4:30 hold my beer

  • Kimi
    Kimi Month ago

    R.I.P to people who actually starts to sleep at 4:30 a. m.

  • Alyssa Chandler
    Alyssa Chandler Month ago

    0:44 SLEEPING IN untill 6:45??? bruh

  • Rjay Soriano
    Rjay Soriano Month ago

    And Here’s me Watching Stupid USclip Videos... hahahhahahhaha

  • Rylee Hockersmith
    Rylee Hockersmith Month ago

    “You’re watching stupid USclip videos” it’s 2:16 am

  • madeeha fakhruddeen

    How do you bring discipline to your life? How do you fix in your mind?

  • Gay For Dio Sama
    Gay For Dio Sama Month ago

    I’m watching this at 4am so like wdym

  • Sterling Lowery
    Sterling Lowery Month ago

    It's not if a person will pay the price, but when they will pay the price. As there is a price to success, and a price to failure.

  • Taekwondo Time
    Taekwondo Time Month ago

    I'm normally just getting to bed at 2am.
    This "one size fits all" mentality doesn't work. Some people are more awake/alert in the evening than they are in the morning. I've always been that way. It's a struggle for me to wake up early, and I'm always sluggish and tired when I do so.
    If I wake up early, I'm tired all day. If I wake up late, I can go all night.

  • Lior Rosenman
    Lior Rosenman Month ago

    Why 04:30? Why not 03:00?

  • Kelley R
    Kelley R Month ago +1

    Non sense. When it’s not winter I get up at 5:50 and go for a 5 mile run and I’m still done by 7 am. I get extra sleep and still get the workout done for the day

    BL4CK KINGZ Month ago +2

    I wake up from bed at 1:00 pm then sleep at 4:30 a.m

  • Warren Trout
    Warren Trout Month ago

    What BS. Anything a seal says must be true.

  • j lll
    j lll Month ago

    makes sense in a way, u get up that early u can get stuff done, u don't half to mess with the rush hour traffic and can go to the store and no one in there

  • MedievalShadows
    MedievalShadows 2 months ago

    Anyone else live in LA here?

  • One does not simply
    One does not simply 2 months ago

    A true Soldier never sleeps

  • Potenti4lz
    Potenti4lz 2 months ago

    I create websites at night and apply for jobs lol. But yeah, TV sucks me up big time sometimes, although there a periods where I don't watch much TV for weeks hah.

  • Joey
    Joey 2 months ago

    I haven't even watched the video yet but my answer is: No.

  • Tamim Islam
    Tamim Islam 2 months ago


  • kriti Mishra
    kriti Mishra 2 months ago

    Iam dng productv thing listning to u ....nt watchng crap...2:08 ....plzz dnt genralise

  • Mister GG
    Mister GG 2 months ago

    is he awaken when talking?

  • Bongo Boy
    Bongo Boy 2 months ago

    *Sleeping in until **6:45**.*

    *_SLEEPING IN UNTIL _**_6:45_*

  • Morgan Freeman's Son
    Morgan Freeman's Son 2 months ago

    I go to sleep at 4:30 in the morning lmao

  • jay park has the biggest boobs in korea

    Hell no. I have to wake up at 5:30 for school.

  • AutoPursuit
    AutoPursuit 2 months ago

    Matt Damian got old. 😂😂😂

  • Kat.
    Kat. 2 months ago

    I have a year old baby and a 3 week old. I have no choice. 😂

  • MrYarinK
    MrYarinK 2 months ago

    Now seriously, how do I do that without losing my friends? I think for waking up at 4.30am I should go sleep in the time I'm having some time with my friends (9-11.30pm)... so what I should do?

  • Andrei Voronov
    Andrei Voronov 2 months ago

    If you are not slave of jews ....wake up when you wake up ...because you can not control it youself without alarm klock ....we are fuskin slaves

  • good content
    good content 2 months ago

    As long as I'm out of bed before 1pm I'm happy with myself

  • Oliv Trees
    Oliv Trees 2 months ago

    All these videos telling people to wake up in the middle of the night are posted by people who have no social life. It's fine if you're an army dude with a bunch of comrades who're on the same schedule or even if you happen to have a partner at home who's on a similar schedule as you. Otherwise, you end up going crazy with lonliness because everyone else is out having drinks and socializing past 9:30 or 10 while you're in bed sleeping.

  • Drosso
    Drosso 2 months ago

    Someone call the SAS

  • Court Bucks
    Court Bucks 2 months ago

    I only came to read the comments

  • Fernando Solorio
    Fernando Solorio 2 months ago


  • Dre Tv.
    Dre Tv. 2 months ago

    I see why he wakes up at 4:30 but other than his reason it’s kind of dumb to wake up at 4:30 you can wake up at 8:00 and do the same stuff you’re just losing more sleep for no reason

  • Zoe Jeremy
    Zoe Jeremy 2 months ago

    been doing this for about two weeks. I feel great.

  • chaqstar
    chaqstar 2 months ago

    Mate I go to bed at like 4.30am even when I got work/uni the next day. Look what waking up at 4.30 every mornings done to him guy's probably in his 20's lol.

  • Trevor Raj
    Trevor Raj 2 months ago

    Before I watch this video, hell no

  • Lars Freeburg
    Lars Freeburg 2 months ago

    Looking like if Tom Hanks and John Cena had a child

  • Ivan Rios
    Ivan Rios 2 months ago

    False. 1st sgt said formation at 0430, be 15 mins prior.

  • PH Piano Cover
    PH Piano Cover 2 months ago

    My respect for this Navy Seal, but no, thanks. Getting out of bed before 7:30 or 8:00 am is the perfect recipe for me to feel like crap and die of laziness (thus unproductive) for the rest of the day.

  • Ølivage A
    Ølivage A 2 months ago

    From the thumbnail I thought you had to wake up at 4;30 AM because someone’s sniping you. 😂

  • A.C. Jelly
    A.C. Jelly 2 months ago

    I wake up at 4:20.

  • Kevin G
    Kevin G 2 months ago

    I live under a rock so this doesn’t really work out for me.

  • Emmanuella Onwubuya
    Emmanuella Onwubuya 2 months ago +1

    😂😂 I'm mad he said sleeping in until 6:45.

    • CrazyDave C
      CrazyDave C 3 days ago

      What he means by sleeping in and what I mean by sleeping in, those are two totally different things. :)

  • Chris Hernandez
    Chris Hernandez 2 months ago +4

    That’s the time I go to bed

  • Josh S-TV
    Josh S-TV 2 months ago

    Did u get enough sleep?

  • Derek
    Derek 2 months ago

    Just get 6-8 hours of sleep and work hard when you’re awake. The time you wake up has zero effect on productivity because when you get tired, everyone else who slept in still has energy. Therefore you have to say “sleep less for success” which is fundamentally unhealthy.

  • Gucci Flip Flops
    Gucci Flip Flops 2 months ago +6

    HA! This guy calls sleeping until 6:45am “sleeping in” lmaoooo

  • B BG
    B BG 2 months ago

    Just be productive with your time and learn to say no (esp. to yourself), have self-discipline. Wake-up time is irrelevant. Plus why does it matter a Navy SEAL advocates this? It does NOT, he is just a soldier and doesn't know more than you.

  • Sean Moran
    Sean Moran 2 months ago

    He looks tired.

  • Connor Anderson
    Connor Anderson 2 months ago

    I don't enjoy working out at early stages in the day so I'm afraid this is not for me 😂 I did try waking up at 5 but late nights on the weekend made that pretty hard to maintain

  • Jacob Polansky
    Jacob Polansky 2 months ago

    "you're just winding down and watching stupid youtube videos."
    heh heh...

  • ridethetigre
    ridethetigre 2 months ago +4

    "Sleeping in until 6:45"