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 • 8 774

  • [L]ou
    [L]ou Hour ago

    God bless recon infantry and marsoc
    I'm very lucky

  • Ben Guillen
    Ben Guillen Hour ago

    Figure out your rem cycle. Everyones is diffrent. Somone who works shifts....ex firefirghter or cop.....this isn't really an option. A workout is fit in anytime you can.

  • Esat'ın Maceraları
    Esat'ın Maceraları 3 hours ago

    Hes telling this video is stupid.

  • Defender213
    Defender213 8 hours ago

    I get the vibe the interviewer wasn’t digging having to get up earlier.

  • Eskit Nosidal
    Eskit Nosidal 8 hours ago

    It's 3:41 am right now, I didn't sleep.

  • Scott Robinson
    Scott Robinson 10 hours ago

    I like to lay out three sardines on the bedspread.

  • RD X
    RD X 10 hours ago

    It's 5 am and I turn my phone off time to sleep 😪😪😪

  • Euan Harrison
    Euan Harrison 11 hours ago

    This made me wanna sleep in later

  • Chris Li
    Chris Li 11 hours ago

    I'm watching stupid youtube videos right now. LOL

  • Marco B. Garcia
    Marco B. Garcia 12 hours ago

    It's 3:45 a.m. I should really go to sleep if I want to wake up at 4:00 a.m.

  • M Davies
    M Davies 12 hours ago

    but working out on heavy compression style exercises after sleeping is bad for the spine...

    • M Davies
      M Davies 12 hours ago

      also 'get up at 7:30 and miss saying goodbye to your kids'
      who the hell is sending the kids off to school then?

  • Myhein Namhar
    Myhein Namhar 14 hours ago

    Just wake up for fajr

  • Darth Duane
    Darth Duane 16 hours ago

    everybody should strive to be different. Otherwise you'll cause traffic jams...as you do.

  • ASMR James
    ASMR James 19 hours ago

    Im watching this while going to sleep at 5am

  • captloki13
    captloki13 19 hours ago

    I wish I could wake up 4:30 in the morning, but I'm a lazy fat slop so there's that

  • john doe
    john doe 20 hours ago

    The real reason is to check the news. Ur ahead when market opens

  • Earumamaadu
    Earumamaadu 21 hour ago

    It's always a good time to kill some innocent people.

  • Richard Goldman
    Richard Goldman 22 hours ago

    So, 23:00 show up at this guys hse, he’ll be sleeping.

  • Mark Jones
    Mark Jones 22 hours ago

    I go to sleep at 7:00am

  • Edward T
    Edward T 23 hours ago

    Is this video selling something? It feels like an infomercial

  • TheUnluckyAngler

    No thanks

  • The art of competition

    sure working out doesnt take to long but it takes me an hour to stretch out all the kinks first lol

  • writerspen010
    writerspen010 Day ago

    I resent the whole "you're just watching stupid youtube videos" comment. Personally, I feel most awake and productive when the evening rolls around, so whenever I have times in my life when I have things to work on for deadlines or if I'm doing personal projects, I find that's when I produce the best quality end product. I think early morning stuff is better for getting chores done on the weekend and giving yourself enough time to get ready for work, drive to work, and get a to-do list of things to do for work during the day out of the way fast since not everybody is there yet to distract you. However, your ability to do that is also dependent on when your work building opens, if you don't have access to doing that yourself with an employee card, so that's another thing that doesn't work for everybody. In my experience, getting up early is great for when you have a hectic schedule, but otherwise, I think people should base when to get up on what their own circadian rhythm and levels of productivity are like. What's more important is blocking off time every day to do something that is important to you and needs to be prioritized, and disciplining yourself to stick to that time block for as long as the project or responsibility exists.

  • Hammy Technoid
    Hammy Technoid Day ago

    I wake up at 3:00am every work day... so...

  • gachi gachi
    gachi gachi Day ago


  • fapony
    fapony Day ago

    I'm not even asleep at 4:30 am -_-

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie Day ago

    Its all the guilt of the poor people they have killed

  • FaDe Atom
    FaDe Atom Day ago

    What time do they go to sleep though?

  • jeanne geib
    jeanne geib Day ago

    I go to sleep at about 4am.

  • Not Ayman
    Not Ayman Day ago

    Anyone watching thing post 12 am?

  • ChristianV Plays

    Always brush your teeth

  • joe jacoboski
    joe jacoboski Day ago

    He's speaking in code..he really is saying take it back 10 mins from 430 bruh..munchies yes I have them..
    Damn I just figured out the longest conspiracy in the government.

  • Miguel Rodriguez

    Lol i wake up 3:40am monday thru Saturday!

  • Sergio Ramirez
    Sergio Ramirez Day ago

    Just another "stupid youtube video " !!

  • Jake Rindy
    Jake Rindy Day ago

    I'd love to sleep in another hour and a half

  • DragonInferno99 Ω

    That’s a pretty cool guy right there. 👍

  • Shaun Frederick
    Shaun Frederick Day ago

    We actually have a ton of evidence that waking up at 0430 is not good for us and not natural. So, no need to watch this video on what a "navy seal" thinks.

  • ExtiKT
    ExtiKT Day ago

    At my old job I had to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to begin work at 4:30.

  • Crypto Whiskey
    Crypto Whiskey Day ago


  • Alquin Fuentes
    Alquin Fuentes Day ago

    I like how I’m now watching a click bait story

  • Slyceth
    Slyceth Day ago +7

    WRONG! When you have responsibilities you are better off doing them at night, then you can do them relaxed as you have stretch hours. Doing things in the morning gives stress because you're on the clock.
    I wouldn't expect a cancerous cringy soldier to know. They have no responsibilities except being on time for training.

    • Dylan S
      Dylan S 6 hours ago +1

      Slyceth not one thing about your comment makes any sense at all...I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

    • WolfRyder
      WolfRyder Day ago +1

      He said he wakes up at 4:30 and he even has time to chill with the kids so he’s not rushed and!! I consider 4:30am nighttime so you’re still agreeing with him.

    • Daniel Carson
      Daniel Carson Day ago +15

      Wow that's small minded

  • YangSword9x
    YangSword9x Day ago

    He's right, I have more energy/focus/strength/body heat during sunny hours.
    -Morning I waste time struggling trying move around, eat, poop/pee, eat/drink, or just nodding my sleepy head off till I finally decide go back to sleep again lol!
    -Afternoon is most productive 4 me
    -Night time i waste time eating, drinking, USclip...

  • Michael Orme
    Michael Orme Day ago

    I get up at 2.am and function on 3 hours sleep a night. I'll get my sleep when I get Alzheimer's.

  • Sajanpreet Manak

    no ones awake at 2am either, can't i wake up then too

  • Fatal Ritte
    Fatal Ritte Day ago

    I see my genuine reply was erased but all the goofy ones remain. I guess this video is on the same level as the comments. 👎

  • ryanhayn
    ryanhayn Day ago

    How about no?

  • Danny Ellison
    Danny Ellison Day ago

    Lmao talking about waking up at 4:30 *eyes look like they are about to shut off*

  • TheSavege101
    TheSavege101 2 days ago

    Been waking at 5 for years with like 6 hours of sleep and it is so helpful.

  • Iroquois Plisken
    Iroquois Plisken 2 days ago

    My shift starts at 0430.

  • Five Cents Matter Coldiron

    I respect you. I appreciate your service to the country. I will not be waking up at 4:30am personally, but I do wake up at 5:15am for the same reasons. Quiet time to work and focus on yourself can really set the tone for the rest of the day.

  • Aaron playz567
    Aaron playz567 2 days ago

    I'm 13 and I wake up at 5:00 everyday and doing that for a long time means I don't need an alarm anymore, I wake up naturally at that time lol

  • Joey Stalone
    Joey Stalone 2 days ago

    Yea nah thanks, off to the gulag with you

  • NinDrobo
    NinDrobo 2 days ago

    That ending was kind of awkward

  • Paolo Scotus
    Paolo Scotus 2 days ago

    Learn to sleep walk. Then you can have the best of both day and night. At 4:30 you can sleep and workout same time.

  • Nick M
    Nick M 2 days ago

    Who’s kids are already at school by 6:45? Lol

  • Muhammad Malida
    Muhammad Malida 2 days ago

    Most muslims wake up at 4 everyday during ramadan and a lot even on normal days, it's really beneficial

  • Neil Johnson
    Neil Johnson 2 days ago

    But McDonald's doesn't open until 10:30am!

  • Teodor Dovleac
    Teodor Dovleac 2 days ago

    I bet he got that natural frown from waking up that early 🤔

  • MrBigike76
    MrBigike76 2 days ago

    645 is sleeping in? Shit, ive gotta get some discipline!

  • Butcher89
    Butcher89 2 days ago

    In a matter of fact 4:30-5:00 am is the natural time to wake up and go to sleep soon after sun went down

  • Vincent Quayle
    Vincent Quayle 2 days ago

    what time does he go to bed tho?

  • scoobert snaccs
    scoobert snaccs 2 days ago +2

    "Sleeping in till 6:45" lol that aint sleepin in for me

  • Kimora Diep
    Kimora Diep 2 days ago

    I go to sleep at 4am LOL

  • Bill Hicks
    Bill Hicks 2 days ago

    The future is militias, like USA was founded on. What are police but a bunch of guys with guns and walkie-talkies. The Navy SEALs are for stupid and lazy people who just want to join the military because they have no future anyway. Militias are groups of true Americans who live and breath it.

  • Lizzieisnotbusy
    Lizzieisnotbusy 2 days ago

    Calls 6:45 "waking up late"

  • Blindguy74
    Blindguy74 2 days ago


  • Marge onthat
    Marge onthat 2 days ago

    I awake 4:05 am. Now sunrise is 5:00 am.

  • miathapapaya
    miathapapaya 2 days ago

    Nahhh. I work a 2-11pm shift, I'm a night owl and I like it that way because the world is quiet after midnight and I get my peaceful time to myself.

  • mark mark
    mark mark 2 days ago

    I dont know why but he reminds me of Matt Damon

  • Disney Channel
    Disney Channel 2 days ago

    I’m watching this at 4:47 am rn

  • Vincent Bielawa
    Vincent Bielawa 2 days ago

    Less than 7 hrs of sleep per day is insanely detrimental to your health, so I hope he's going to sleep early enough

  • TheGramJam
    TheGramJam 2 days ago

    I work til 6:30pm to 6am. lol

  • Filip Vacek
    Filip Vacek 2 days ago

    You mean 4:20?

  • Jacky Matt
    Jacky Matt 2 days ago

    Why you should not sleep every day, According to Jacky Matt.

  • I_Say_Inappropriate_Things _And_Dont_Care

    Sometimes I don't go to bed until sometime past 4:30 am.

  • D.O. F.T
    D.O. F.T 3 days ago

    Just so you guys know, this is for retired people that have nothing else to do. Not you boys

  • johnny d
    johnny d 3 days ago


  • Derek A
    Derek A 3 days ago

    For years I woke up at the same time every day: 6:30am. And for years I felt like crap every day. So I started sleeping in on the weekends (against all advice). Now I feel like crap every weekday, but weekends are bliss! Maybe waking up at the same time every day works for some people, but it did absolutely nothing for me. Just seems like my biological clocks is tuned to a 25hr day, and the only way I feel rested is when I sleep in an extra hour or two.

    FLAT PLANE GUY 3 days ago

    Hes fkn disgusting looking

  • Wrath of Achilles
    Wrath of Achilles 3 days ago

    5am with a 30 min lap hours l8r ftw

  • Thomas Tait
    Thomas Tait 3 days ago

    Will have to try it but the only problem is I get home everyday 11pm after work :D butt will definitely have to set a time

  • Polis
    Polis 3 days ago

    Its not "you should"... its him saying that it is his personal schedule. He even states that you should make up your own schedule and follow it.
    Nice clickbait, idiots.

  • Screenmac
    Screenmac 3 days ago


  • Alex
    Alex 3 days ago

    6:45, day is already half gone.

    CoopDEVILLE TV 3 days ago

    @2:09 he almost said “watching porn” at night 😂😂

  • Shining Star
    Shining Star 3 days ago

    Jocko is a moron. We need people to be employees, to perform ordinary labor, to have bosses. No country can function without ordinary people doing ordinary labor. I very much doubt that all of his kids and grandkids will be successful businessowner bosses or freelance writers.
    This guy reeks of unrealistic optimism and entitlement. Yes, be more disciplined, get your 6-8 hrs of sleep and keep a schedule so that you can do whatever it is that you want to do with your time.

  • Don M
    Don M 3 days ago

    That's relative nonsense. If you do the work the night before, you get a jump on the guys having to wake up at 4:30 to do it.

  • Guilherme Lembi
    Guilherme Lembi 3 days ago

    Actually, the best thing to do is to set up a time to go to bed, instead of setting up a time to wake up.

  • George Deal
    George Deal 3 days ago +1

    He's definitely right about the Click-Bait. That's how I got here.

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berry 3 days ago

    I go to bed at 4:29am and wake up at 4:30am and no winding down. I get alot done during the day its fantastic.

  • Jaybriel Akoi
    Jaybriel Akoi 3 days ago

    Okay I'm going to go on a little rant here that may not be coherent but I need to get this out of my system. Sorry I apologize in advance. So, honestly I don't care that you were a Navy seal because nobody cares about it .Other than fat call of duty warriors that live their lives through video games it doesn't matter that you're a navy seal. Sure people are going to tell you "Thank you for your service" but they don't really care. They're not going to join the military , they're just trying to make themselves feel better. Now, I get it. You're making a living after the Navy because you're now realizing that other than killing people as a mercenary or teaching people to be mercenaries that you have no job prospects. But telling the population that being a Navy seal or the military in general has any relationship to being successful in the civilian world as absolutely ludicrous. The civilian world is way different than the military. That's why military people suck at their transition. If there was a huge correlation then everyone would join the military then become a civilian and dominate. but that doesn't happen. People join the military get injured and go back to the the world expecting to be heroes and they're not treated that way. Ohh yeah by the way I know I'm right because I was in the Army for 11 years and served in high level commands. I've studied and practiced wars and now I work in the corporate environment and I know for a fact you have to really stretch the military stuff to make it applicable to the civilian world. So I'm asking from the bottom of where my heart should be that you please not make up any more of this navy seal crap. It's annoying and it's not actually helping it's just a bit of motivational speaking that people mention but never do. Can you just be like all the other former seals that are failures as civilians and just make movies and write normal war story books with lies. I can bear that a lot more than this stuff. Sorry I had to let this out it's just I see this video pop up and I know half of it is lies or the mass majority of seals don't think this way or do this stuff. By the way....I do wake up at 4:30 AM every morning and I workout. And I never make my bed and I never will because of that Navy Admiral.

  • Carlton Clare
    Carlton Clare 3 days ago

    FOH! If you have a morning job

  • Urban Beasts
    Urban Beasts 3 days ago

    Pokemon gameboy theme in the background?

  • drott150
    drott150 3 days ago

    If getting up at 4:30 is a such a great idea, then why not 3:30? Why not 2:30? It's a bit silly to suggest simply getting up earlier and earlier offers some "secret sauce" to a successful life. The main thing is to get up consistently at the same time as he said and applying discipline for the hours you are awake. But the earlier you rise, the earlier you go to bed. Almost everyone needs around 6-8 hours of sleep every day to be healthy and productive. You can slice it and dice it anyway you want, but you can't squish a 28 hour life into a 24 hour day; FACT.

  • W Wil
    W Wil 3 days ago +1

    If there where more people like this, with this good and humble attitude, the world would arguably have a lot less problems.

  • Phan Tien Si
    Phan Tien Si 3 days ago

    Come on am I watching “stupid USclip video”?

  • In Korea
    In Korea 3 days ago

    He large body shape. He small peanut head. He not match.

  • New Goliard
    New Goliard 3 days ago

    This guy looks like Thanos

  • Stephen Dembeck
    Stephen Dembeck 3 days ago


  • Harz.exe
    Harz.exe 3 days ago

    I recommend getting up at 4.20... you know what time it is ;)