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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Comments • 9 344

  • Tom Gold
    Tom Gold 8 hours ago

    I wake up at 4:30 when my ex calls and I have to cheat again

  • 2amProFilms
    2amProFilms 9 hours ago

    1:12 so does this apply to masturbating?

  • perkele
    perkele 9 hours ago

    Its 5 am and im still not sleeping :(

  • TheManWithNoName
    TheManWithNoName 10 hours ago

    I hate alarm clocks.

  • Pc Tong
    Pc Tong 13 hours ago

    Somewhere in the world is 4:30am when I wake up at 6:30am local time.

  • L. Gyger
    L. Gyger 13 hours ago

    If you like to have eyes like him and die younger, go and wake up at 4:30 in the morning every day.

  • Waldo
    Waldo 16 hours ago

    I like how he thinks 6:00 is sleeping in

  • Dylan 0
    Dylan 0 21 hour ago

    My 75 year old Navy veteran grandfather still wakes up at 4:30 everyday.

  • Gaurav Sharma
    Gaurav Sharma Day ago

    Be in a state of flow. Your body knows how much rest it needs. My uncle is a big time doctor. He doesn't have such rigidity. He can't. Because there are emergencies every 2nd day in the early morning, late nights whatever.

  • Vegeta The Prince

    I woke up 10 minutes before going to work

    Sleep felt so good

  • The Royal Ace
    The Royal Ace Day ago

    My gym opens at 5:30 tho 😐

    FORMORTAL Day ago

    oh i wake up at 4 every thursday thats good thanks

  • 32 pearls
    32 pearls Day ago


  • Loved and Forgiven

    I usually wake up 2 years earlier so I can jump on the day

  • Jakob Lewis
    Jakob Lewis Day ago

    Waking up at 4:30 is for amateurs just do cocaine and never go to sleep

  • Darkness
    Darkness Day ago +2

    Why not 4:20 ?

  • Cryptonite
    Cryptonite Day ago

    At the Start of the video
    Me:Why.... Just why??
    At the End of the video
    Me:How.... Just How??

  • Wynn Stewart
    Wynn Stewart 2 days ago

    Up by 4 on the road to work before 5 never get to see my kids go to school. Sacrifice! Handle your business! Stop being lazy, grab the bull by the horns and be productive!

  • Joltin Joe
    Joltin Joe 2 days ago

    God bless him and what he’s doing for himself is great. That being said he looks and appears fatigued from a life of just that what he’s explained and detailed here in this video. He’s doing too much of it and too much of anything is no good. He need a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts and a large ice cream sundae or some shit for a change and some hot dogs with ketchup mustard and extra onions. 😂 god bless man .

  • Baldo Preciado
    Baldo Preciado 2 days ago

    2:08.....But...but..you’re on a stupid TVclip video.😐

  • Kid Andas
    Kid Andas 2 days ago

    Wake up when your body tells you too simples

  • unknownfamous
    unknownfamous 2 days ago +1

    i use to wake up at 5am because my school 🚍 came at 5:45am

  • daniruls123
    daniruls123 2 days ago

    I wake up at 3:30 or i piss the bed

  • daniruls123
    daniruls123 2 days ago

    I that the devils favorite demon

  • Feeling Savage
    Feeling Savage 2 days ago

    I wake up 3am.

  • Madara Senju
    Madara Senju 2 days ago +1

    I wake up 4:30 everyday

    *Oh did i forget to say pm?*

  • Matt Wheeler
    Matt Wheeler 3 days ago

    Watching this at 3am lmao

  • Eddie Reyna
    Eddie Reyna 3 days ago

    At 4:29 am is better

  • Ethan Aniszko
    Ethan Aniszko 3 days ago

    I love how he said sleep in till 6:45. Lol. Sleeping in is like noon for me

  • Mejays
    Mejays 3 days ago

    at what time is he sleeping ?

  • too late
    too late 3 days ago

    Too much weed for me i dont get out of bed till 8

  • Gabriel P
    Gabriel P 3 days ago

    Am I missing something? When does he actually go to sleep? Midnight? I mean I could go to bed at 6:30pm and wake up 4:30am every morning easy.

  • ae Cawwna
    ae Cawwna 3 days ago +1

    sleeping in until 6:45?
    sleeping in?

  • Rutwik Kachare
    Rutwik Kachare 3 days ago

    Who's here after Casey's upload??

  • AyeYoyo
    AyeYoyo 3 days ago

    You'd have to go to bed at 7:30 to get the recommended 9 hours of sleep, I doubt this guy gets enough sleep

  • MattyB Raps
    MattyB Raps 3 days ago

    Look at his hairline, this dude absorbed Raditz for sure.

  • Kunal Mazumdar
    Kunal Mazumdar 4 days ago

    If I am paid up like a neavy seal then I can also wake like a neavy seal at 4:30 AM.

  • elfedits
    elfedits 4 days ago

    He looks mean

  • Sameer Chakma
    Sameer Chakma 4 days ago

    Well i mostly wake up at 4:30am. But then i'll get on my laptop or phone and then start playing game or watch movies, literally anything thats not productive. I guess i need a change

  • Supercubix z
    Supercubix z 4 days ago

    I'm watching this in 12am

  • Florida Man
    Florida Man 4 days ago

    I wake up at 2:40 am weekdays. I like to be off work in the early afternoon. If I start at 3:00 am, I'm usually done by 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

  • Danilo Silva
    Danilo Silva 4 days ago

    i wake up at 05:45 everyday

  • Mac Ben
    Mac Ben 4 days ago

    because thats when the french and indians attack.

  • Adnan A
    Adnan A 4 days ago +1

    What do you do when you go to bed late and you’re tired?

  • It's a big World
    It's a big World 4 days ago

    If I woke up at 4.30am by 5am I'd be in a coma

  • Rohit Kumar
    Rohit Kumar 4 days ago

    He's right. My grandmother lived 97 years and she always said If you wake up before sun rises, you will never get sick.

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    He looks the brother of kane who didn't get to sleep

    R K KRISHTA LUKE 4 days ago

    Sleep 8 hour

  • Mad Max
    Mad Max 5 days ago

    I wake up at 8.00 and work from 9.00 to 13.30. Then I have the whole rest of the day to do what I damn want to do. That's the way, man. If you're waking up at 4.30... your going to bed... when? 20.00 ??????? For god sake.

  • feedsunj
    feedsunj 5 days ago +1

    Basically what Muslims have been doing ...

  • rata1r
    rata1r 5 days ago

    I used to wake up at 4:10 am to get ready for work at 5 am. Saw a couple going for a run at 4:40 am during Jan. 1st. They quit after 2 weeks lol

  • Ronaque Rahman
    Ronaque Rahman 5 days ago

    Another stupid TVclip video that's not stupid. Great. Now I'll have to look out for more videos of that kind.

  • Jimmy Appleballs
    Jimmy Appleballs 5 days ago

    u dont need to get up at 4:30am just to workout lol, dumb idea. u only need an hour to workout, you're telling me the only time you can do that is at 4:30am?

  • Deadpool
    Deadpool 5 days ago

    So he says everyone should wake up at 4:30 then everyone is up at 4:30 which defeats the purpose of you being alone at 4:30

  • Matthew Buckland
    Matthew Buckland 5 days ago

    Or do what I do
    1 get up about 6
    2 eat
    3 shit
    4 wake the family
    5 possibly shit again depending on dinner night before
    6 don’t say goodbye to anyone just go to work
    7 finish work go pub
    8 head home depressed that your wife’s still there
    9 repeat following day

  • Jammy joe
    Jammy joe 5 days ago

    common sense

  • K G
    K G 6 days ago

    10:30am 😍😍

  • a b
    a b 6 days ago

    what a monster

  • Touge Warrior
    Touge Warrior 6 days ago

    Woke up 4:45am work start 7am work end 5pm school start 6pm school end 9pm reach home 10pm get to sleep at 11pm
    Reason why I hate waking up early but I don’t have any choice
    And I work at construction site

  • feedsunj
    feedsunj 6 days ago +1

    Muslims have been doing this .

  • egnieves
    egnieves 6 days ago

    He probably falls asleep at 7pm. Look at this mans face. Looks tired af.

  • FormerMantis
    FormerMantis 6 days ago

    I recommend sleeping 6hrs. That gives you a full sleep cycle so you don't have to wake up during a cycle and feel worst then you went to bed

  • TheDragonINFINITE
    TheDragonINFINITE 6 days ago

    I wake up at 4:45 in the morning every day because highschool

  • EZ Duzit
    EZ Duzit 6 days ago

    "sleeping in until 6:45"

  • FORMULA 809
    FORMULA 809 7 days ago

    Good advise from Tito Ortiz brother.

  • Simanta Dutta
    Simanta Dutta 7 days ago

    I bet his wife's cheating on him with a guy who wakes up at 7am ...

  • Anthony DeRosa
    Anthony DeRosa 7 days ago

    They say the most successful people are morning people.

  • 313south✔
    313south✔ 7 days ago

    That guys face looks like he needs some sleep.

  • Jacob Black
    Jacob Black 7 days ago

    So many people in these comments are intentionally misunderstanding what hes saying or have an inability to listen at all.

  • Coding in Flow
    Coding in Flow 7 days ago +98

    4:30 am is for NOOBS. I wake up at 6am but 2 days earlier! So I have extra 48h while everyone else is still sleeping!

  • ρѻٱรѻก Շعɦ ฝعɭɭ

    He obviously doesnt look tired at all 😌

  • Vendetta For V
    Vendetta For V 8 days ago

    Tried this. Never got past the snooze

  • Alexander Freund
    Alexander Freund 8 days ago


  • Levelonesucks
    Levelonesucks 8 days ago

    Sleeping in until 6:45 lol

  • Miko Cyndu
    Miko Cyndu 8 days ago

    Well i think all Moslem who want Prayers would wake up earlier for they call Subuh pray

  • Nik Lav
    Nik Lav 8 days ago

    That’s a great idea if you single with no kids, work a 9 to 5 job and you don’t work shift work overnight.

  • j22man
    j22man 8 days ago

    Im going to bed at 4:30am whoops...

  • bobo42024
    bobo42024 8 days ago

    I wake up at 5am. Close enough.

  • thehouse719
    thehouse719 8 days ago

    this guy looks tired

  • Mubbasher Niaz
    Mubbasher Niaz 8 days ago

    Watching this at 00:00 lmao

  • Mario Arias
    Mario Arias 8 days ago

    "if you get up at 6:45... It's just awful"
    Dog I wake up at 9

  • Sam Kryptonite
    Sam Kryptonite 8 days ago

    I wake up at 4 30 to pee and go back to sleep, that's my work out

  • Tilnaor
    Tilnaor 8 days ago

    I wake up everyday at 6AM. and now my body wakes up at that time even at weekends. (go to sleep around mindight or half past)

  • Miguel valverde
    Miguel valverde 8 days ago

    this doesn't work if you work from 9am to 11pm, you can wake up 4am but you'll be really tired, very unhealthy

  • Teclado
    Teclado 8 days ago +1

    go to bed e-e-early? wake up at 4:30?

    hold my beer

  • kseries1981
    kseries1981 9 days ago

    "Stupid TVclip videos". Yeah, like this one

  • Unicorn Lover _713
    Unicorn Lover _713 9 days ago

    I'm only watching this so I can wake up to watch the AMA'S I recorded lol.

  • Al Phuckya
    Al Phuckya 9 days ago

    I like how he’s not in your face about any of it. Aggressive but not overbearing. This guy is a great speaker

  • GTmaniac
    GTmaniac 9 days ago

    So you need to have an unhealthy sleep schedule in order to be productive during the day?

  • Elias Lindewall
    Elias Lindewall 9 days ago

    I go to work at 5am, and on weekends i go to sleep around 5am 💁

  • MrM1CH831
    MrM1CH831 10 days ago

    So i been in the military and i have been home trained. And I must say the freedom is nice.....js.

  • Juan Soto
    Juan Soto 10 days ago

    Man this guy is on point

  • Siretch
    Siretch 10 days ago

    I wake up at 4:30 am every morning!

  • OLL!
    OLL! 10 days ago

    *people in school think this is childs play*

  • Dios67
    Dios67 10 days ago

    I wake up to pee at 4:30 then go back to sleep.

  • Woody
    Woody 10 days ago

    "sleeping in till 6:45" sleeping in for me is 3pm 😂

  • Rhinocerical
    Rhinocerical 10 days ago +1

    silly you, I take a jump on the night by waking up late

  • The Saint
    The Saint 10 days ago

    I hate people buying into his crap advice just because he was a SEAL. Going to bed at 9pm and waking up at 4:30am is just plain stupid for most people.

  • Aks Aks
    Aks Aks 10 days ago

    Every night you think of waking up early and you spend up a lot of time on watching such inspiration video but all to vein. Instead just sleep now wake up early. Gn

  • Travian School
    Travian School 11 days ago +1

    I've been going to bed at 8-ish for the past year and wake up anywhere from 3am-6am depending on activity during day or previous wake up... No alarm ever. So good. Wouldn't wish anything else.