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 TVclip 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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  • Yogesh
    Yogesh 8 hours ago

    What a bad ass

  • Àziz Àbdull
    Àziz Àbdull 15 hours ago

    we wake up to pray FAJR prayer.
    it take about 5 min.
    try to wake up 4 am and see how your day gonna be.

  • Galih Rivky
    Galih Rivky Day ago

    every moslem wake up at 4.30 AM..

  • someone
    someone Day ago

    Ok, ill take this advice. I sleep 4:29 AM everyday

  • Armoured Gaming
    Armoured Gaming 3 days ago

    Great video I am going to try and wake up 4:30 am from now on.

  • Jb Demarest
    Jb Demarest 3 days ago

    Guys watch the video from that admiral!!! » Make your bed every morning and become a better person »
    Something like that

  • Z P
    Z P 3 days ago

    I game.. its hard to leave a jam packed server on battlefield at night, especially when the kd is good and the ping is good, and the teamspeak with the friends is good and the team is exceptional.. lol thats my way of relaxing after a long day.. and unfortunately I go sleep at 12/1 am..

  • Keko Gacha
    Keko Gacha 3 days ago

    It's 4AM for me right now lmao. XD

  • a_g510
    a_g510 3 days ago

    Better wake up at 4:30am or this guy will be waiting outside for you to tell you how disappointed he is that you didn't wake up at 4:30am.

  • Max Millions
    Max Millions 3 days ago +1

    Thanks for the great info. Wakes up 4:30 plays GTA5 Online.

  • Gaming Spite
    Gaming Spite 3 days ago

    I wake up at 3 PM is that good enough?

  • Knychaus Knychaus
    Knychaus Knychaus 4 days ago

    Hard part isn't waking up at 4:30 AM, hard part is going to sleep at 8 or 9 PM

  • James Nevitt
    James Nevitt 4 days ago

    Wake up to meditate at 4.30

  • Eric L B
    Eric L B 4 days ago

    This 430am crap is dumb. You go to bed and wake up based on your schedule. The world runs 24 hours a day.

  • ActuallyBike
    ActuallyBike 4 days ago +1

    Why dont he look happy

    YOLO MAN 4 days ago

    Well, I think as long as you get your 6-7 hours of sound sleep and spend most of the day productively. It does not really matter if you get up at 4:30 or 7.

  • MVProfits
    MVProfits 4 days ago

    While I see a lot of positives at starting super early, you get a lot of personal "self" time in the evenings too as most people are asleep. Creative night owl types function very well mentally in the late hours, while morning persons are brain dead by 8 PM. Society needs both types. Obviously your work and lifestyle should influence a lot what is your ideal wake up-sleep schedule.

  • Witherleader
    Witherleader 4 days ago

    God, he'd be up in 30 minutes from now.

  • Szitex 313
    Szitex 313 5 days ago

    Make it 4:20 😏

  • Ian Mark Clerigo
    Ian Mark Clerigo 5 days ago

    I wake up at 4am to go to work at 6am then go home at 7pm and sleep at 12 pm. I spend 4 hours of sleep only for work. Top that.

  • ijzer1
    ijzer1 5 days ago

    When sleep time 8 o clock?

  • Jacko Gaming
    Jacko Gaming 5 days ago

    *when you’re watching this vid at **4:30**AM*

  • heartSLB
    heartSLB 6 days ago

    I wake up every single day at 6AM whether I have to go to work or not. My dogs make sure of that 🐶🐶 but I love it. I wash my car, walk the dogs, start laundry, by 9AM I'm done with home tasks

  • Kor Taffel
    Kor Taffel 6 days ago

    The same Seals that can't win afghanistan, take 11 years to find osama and write a book or movie everytime they shoot their guns?
    Thanks, I'll sleep in.

  • FreeMartinShkreli
    FreeMartinShkreli 6 days ago

    Everyone talks about how early they wake up. No one says when they go to bed? At the same time every day?

  • Vingt Deux
    Vingt Deux 6 days ago

    I don´t agree at all. My Job starts at 9am, so i get up at 8am. Than i work to 5pm, go into my MMA Training or in to the Gym. Also i love to stay awake a bit longer, watching TVclip Videos and just chill at Night. I hate to get up early !! I tried it often and for me it´s just a Nightmare, i feel so unconfortable. Definitely not my Thing ..

  • jaybone23
    jaybone23 6 days ago

    I don't go to bed until 4:30!

  • Honeysuckle Blossom
    Honeysuckle Blossom 7 days ago

    On another point you can tell he's a real seal, he's confident, he has that aura of purposefulness. Not like the stolen valor cons, they make me sick.
    I'd love is it Don Sheply? To interview this man, asking him what he asks the fakes. One question is what class were you in. He would have the answer out before I could click my fingers! I've never understood parents not getting up to say bye to their kids x

  • Honeysuckle Blossom
    Honeysuckle Blossom 7 days ago

    I sometimes get up at 4.50 to babysit, the kids' parents start work early, you don't see very many people particularly where I live am loads of people don't work, never worked, will never work x

  • Conceptz
    Conceptz 7 days ago

    Been waking up 5am the past 7 days, feels really good actually. The days feels so much long and you have much more time to get things done. You should really try it out!

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker 7 days ago

    Yeah says the guy with bags under his eyes.......gtfoh!

  • another
    another 7 days ago


  • Mistweaver
    Mistweaver 7 days ago

    I'm good

  • Cupcake Snake
    Cupcake Snake 8 days ago

    This is why swimmers are such nice people
    And why morning practice days I’m super happy

  • SoulSearchingRecovery

    I’m going to try this and if it sucks, Jocko has the answer: Good.

  • youssef rachouk
    youssef rachouk 8 days ago

    i like this idea ..!

  • youssef rachouk
    youssef rachouk 8 days ago

    good one...!!!
    that's great thanks ...!!

  • American Waffle
    American Waffle 8 days ago

    6:45 is sleeping in for me too. Every morning, I have student government meetings at 6:30AM so I get up around 30 minutes later than him.

  • InK_Solar
    InK_Solar 8 days ago

    Is it just me or, he looks like thanos a tiny bit at 0:38

  • Alfie Chay
    Alfie Chay 9 days ago

    watching this at 4.30am

  • William White
    William White 9 days ago

    Stockholm syndrome....

  • wolverine96
    wolverine96 9 days ago

    Watching this after 1AM, gotta get my life together...

  • Joao Valdez
    Joao Valdez 9 days ago

    John cenas dad?

  • Blade123 htg
    Blade123 htg 9 days ago

    Amazing video.

  • Marques Rubi
    Marques Rubi 9 days ago

    If I followed the advice of every TVclip video I've watched, I'd be a pretty amazing person. I mean, I'd really respect that guy.

  • Linette Arroyo
    Linette Arroyo 10 days ago

    I started waking up at 4:30 am to workout a couple months ago and I can’t imagine working out after work in the evening anymore. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. ☺️

  • Pinkman
    Pinkman 10 days ago

    why are they wearing equal size shirts?

  • Pug Life
    Pug Life 10 days ago

    I get up at 2:5o am to get to work, oh, I guess I'm not a Millenial

  • John Bird
    John Bird 10 days ago

    I wake up at 4:20 everyday...

  • jacob kopi
    jacob kopi 11 days ago

    And what then ? Be falling asleep by 4 pm. Live on coffe. No Sir.

  • Anitha Ajaien
    Anitha Ajaien 11 days ago

    Something that kills your brain cells. Get enough sleep. Niether too much nor so little... Give the sleep that your body needs. Of course it depends. But for an average person 7 hours is okay

  • Greg Chipelski
    Greg Chipelski 12 days ago

    Looks tired

  • Dessert Man
    Dessert Man 12 days ago

    This interviewer seems very intimidated

  • mitos meios
    mitos meios 12 days ago

    Not a good idea to wake up between 4am - 5am. One day he is going to have heart attack waking up at that time...

  • binxy
    binxy 13 days ago

    Okay, but when I have to be at school by 5:45AM and I get OUT of school by 4PM, HOW am I supposed to balance school and life while also being well rested

  • The Brisket
    The Brisket 13 days ago

    toy life

  • Exodus fivesixfivesix
    Exodus fivesixfivesix 14 days ago

    I usually get most of my work done at night between 11-3 then wake up around 10. I need to move that 4hr period to another time so I get better sleep cycles

  • Carlos Moreno
    Carlos Moreno 14 days ago

    Gold pebbles

  • Paper and Ink Productions

    I wonder how many people he's killed? Probably why he can't sleep.

  • HersheyParkFan I suave no videos

    NO ho about 2 PM

  • Erick Vielman
    Erick Vielman 15 days ago

    Damn. I'm watching stupid TVclip videos.

  • NFL Superfan
    NFL Superfan 15 days ago

    For you night shift workers, 12am is a good early wake up time.

  • The Power
    The Power 16 days ago

    The interviewer looks identical to Jeffery dahmer

  • lenabobena
    lenabobena 16 days ago

    I sleep at 4:30am on most nights.....

  • We are gaining EnterprisesLLC

    Definite a discipline challenge.

  • Wendy Galeano
    Wendy Galeano 18 days ago

    I literally got tired just thinking about waking up at 4:30.

  • Vjester 78
    Vjester 78 18 days ago

    I work 12 till midnight get bed about 1am and I'm back up with kids at 6am been doing that for 2 years

  • Jason Kratzer
    Jason Kratzer 18 days ago

    ... as I watch this at 2 am

  • beast of vegas
    beast of vegas 18 days ago

    this changed my life

  • Mimisviews
    Mimisviews 18 days ago

    At bootcamp i woke up that time, 4:30, excercise/a run, shower, clean, do a university course, after class strength training, some free time maybe, supper, shower, an evening course (for me it was a cosmetology and sometimes self defense classes) and 9:30 lights out. I absolutely hated waking up 4:30 for a month! After that it just became normal. After 3months when my course was done, i still woke up that time in my own bed by myself, no alarm. I miss the discipline so much. Some pursued the navy because yeah, that discipline is amazing.

  • The All Is Is All
    The All Is Is All 19 days ago

    Well said.

  • lirazell
    lirazell 19 days ago


  • Lin Sean
    Lin Sean 19 days ago

    2:09 watching stupid TVclip video lol

  • Benny adi
    Benny adi 19 days ago

    Islam teach this about 1400 years ago

  • Beana D
    Beana D 19 days ago

    sLeEpPiNg In tiLL 6:45

  • NoneYa Beeswax
    NoneYa Beeswax 19 days ago +1

    I literally get sick if I wake up at 4:30 am. Need sleep to be healthy.

  • Rohan Sajwan
    Rohan Sajwan 20 days ago

    I wake up at exactly 4:30 lel.

  • Universal Powder
    Universal Powder 20 days ago


  • SGT StAnn
    SGT StAnn 20 days ago

    Facts. Wake up at 0500 every morning. Even without an alarm clock.

  • Sam Twilt
    Sam Twilt 20 days ago

    Very inspirational

  • Mikey T Lays Good
    Mikey T Lays Good 20 days ago

    This mofo will be the first one to wake up dead lmao

  • AlphaKenyThing
    AlphaKenyThing 20 days ago

    I'm laying in bed at 11:46pm watching a clickbait youtube video telling me not to lay in bed at night watching clickbait youtube videos.

  • s s
    s s 20 days ago

    people who operate plants are usually changing shifts at 4:30, this guy is just waking up.

  • James Jimmeson Johnson Jameson

    Dude 4:30 is for beginners, 4:15 is the right time to roll up a spliff till 4:20!

  • yolol
    yolol 21 day ago

    4:30? lol, I go to bed after midnight and get up at 6:45. I workout at lunchtime. Keep doing your thing if that’s what works best for you

  • Wario29
    Wario29 21 day ago

    So this dude never has a party, or a drink? Or even a late night movie catch?

  • Raghu Seetharaman
    Raghu Seetharaman 21 day ago

    Rather stupid logic. You could similarly work out at 1am and sleep at 3am.
    All in all, get your 6 hours any time that feels best and work 18 hours. You have a brain, apply it.

  • Ethan Leonard II
    Ethan Leonard II 21 day ago


  • Hectic kaos
    Hectic kaos 21 day ago

    This guy really has his life together

  • Brian Carlisle
    Brian Carlisle 22 days ago

    I have no problem waking up at 430 AM. My neighbors have a new rooster!

  • SavageMC 123
    SavageMC 123 22 days ago

    I already wake up at 4:30....pm

  • Kwenz Landah
    Kwenz Landah 22 days ago

    This guy has big floppy ears like Dumbo the Elephant. He could transport himself by flying with the use of his ears.

  • Dylan Martin
    Dylan Martin 22 days ago

    I am watching this “stupid” TVclip video at 23:00! 💪🏽... fml

  • LifeIsShort SoHaveFun
    LifeIsShort SoHaveFun 22 days ago

    I watched this at 2:37 AM im going to sleep now

  • blahniach
    blahniach 23 days ago

    HEY! It's 11pm and I'm watching this "stupid video"

  • Driver Mendoza
    Driver Mendoza 23 days ago

    The truth in this shows when you realize a navy seal, above all, still thinks that waking up late is the worst shit ever. I’m gonna try this

  • Don Carbon
    Don Carbon 23 days ago

    what a load of horseshit

  • Hereizer
    Hereizer 23 days ago

    I'm waking up one hour earlier since I watched this video. Now I wake up at 2:00 PM

  • Raptor2k 加k.janleo
    Raptor2k 加k.janleo 23 days ago

    i woke up at afternoon today and now im watching this video lol, im actually really interested in this method

  • ohh yeah yeah
    ohh yeah yeah 23 days ago

    Well I go to sleep at 4:30 xd