when you should rise to shine health and wellness

When You Should Rise, to Shine

Twenty four hours in a day.  What are you doing with them?

When you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and safe, and what some would call common sense.  Well that’s day one.

We’ve all heard the recommendation of 8 hours sleep a night.  Which would give you 16 hours a day to use however you see fit.  Seems like plenty of time to accomplish what you need to get done.

But the more and more I research about sleep, the more I believe we need less of it.  I’ve found numerous scientific sources, claiming 6 hours of sleep a night is optimal.  Even 5 hours being more optimal than 7-8 hours.

Yet, there are always sources to support the opposite perspective.  I found lots of support and evidence for 8-10 being optimal.  Which doesn’t surprise me, because finding material to support or negate any topic is pretty much standard these days.

However, being an athlete, there is one source I trust above all else.


In his 6 secrets to success speech, which you can find on my Video Motivation page, (last video on page at 13:30 into it) Arnold mentions to get 6 hours of sleep.  No more, and no less.

There are some of you out there who are saying ‘Wait a minute, I sleep 8 or 9 hours’.  Well, just sleep faster I would recommend. – Arnold

I’ve pondered these words for several weeks now. Currently I get about 7 – 7.5 hours of sleep a night.  Honestly, that amount seems like my limit.

Wake up at 5:30 am, at the gym by 6, work by 8, take an active 1 hour lunch break, off work at 5, two hour workout, then home between 8-9 pm, with about an hour to eat and get ready for the next day.

Not a bad schedule, for only focusing on an 8-5 job and fitness.  But I want to accomplish more and the only time I can find is to get up earlier.

I have taken Arnold’s words to heart and will start getting up at 4 am instead of 5:30.  This will give me an extra 1.5 hours a day to work on my other goals.  This website and blog being the primary.

I should probably program the video below to be my alarm clock.  Cause I’m going to need all the motivation I can muster to open my eyes at 4 am.

Over the next 30 years if I average sleeping 6 hours a night I will have lived an extra  684 days!  That is amazing!  The possibilities are endless for what a person can accomplish in that amount of time.

Are you sleeping 8 or more hours a night?  Are you up to the task of getting up an hour or two earlier?  Would you like to add 600 days to your life?  It’s all up to you and how bad you want it.

So lets Rise and Shine together!

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