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 RUclip 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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  • Liam Flynn
    Liam Flynn 19 hours ago

    Get up at 430am. Do 100 chin ups, 300 push ups, some free diving to 100m.Get fitter and live shorter.

  • railmaster84
    railmaster84 Day ago

    4:45 for me, beat the traffic, get to the gym.

  • Patrick Basedman

    soy boy looked like he wanted to cry

  • Ultra Intent
    Ultra Intent 2 days ago


  • ease tres
    ease tres 4 days ago +1

    Haha What a scrub.! I've been waking up at 4:20 Am everyday to work out before work for the past couple years. Jokes on him.

  • Kyle Nguyen
    Kyle Nguyen 5 days ago

    Those bags tho

  • JJ King
    JJ King 5 days ago

    Let me tell you about why you should wake up at 4:20

  • Nikhil Biswal
    Nikhil Biswal 5 days ago

    His eyes look like he really needs some sleep

  • Gleb Gavrikov
    Gleb Gavrikov 6 days ago

    Man I go to bed at 4:30 in the morning.

  • Dafoe Dafoe
    Dafoe Dafoe 6 days ago

    Quick comment nah get your sleep this isn’t healthy

  • JJ Jani
    JJ Jani 6 days ago +2

    Here i am watching this at 3:10 am, still up, every night till 5. GG.

  • NoThingNess -chan
    NoThingNess -chan 6 days ago

    What waking up at 4:30 are for noobs legends like me sleep throughout the day. I am awake and asleep at the same time i know what is happening around me at the same time i am everywhere yet nowhere. I am somebody yet nobody

  • Lacion
    Lacion 6 days ago +1

    At 4:30am I am


  • LustTimeMachine
    LustTimeMachine 7 days ago

    He is an Absolute Nerd..

  • DJ cuervo
    DJ cuervo 7 days ago

    You dont have to wake up at 430am to be successful haha

  • Ste B
    Ste B 7 days ago

    Na, plenty of successful people out there who DONT wake up at 4:30 and more successful than him. What works for one, may not work for the other.

  • SWLWW Chase
    SWLWW Chase 7 days ago


  • Tatu CBLA
    Tatu CBLA 7 days ago

    A: A person like this likely doesn't have sleep issues like many of us.
    B: A person like this doesn't have a mentally demanding job that requires your mind to be sharp, not just be awake and delirious at 4pm when your day is winding down.
    C: Who tf sleeps through seeing their kids off to school???

  • Big dummy
    Big dummy 7 days ago

    I was discharged in 94 and to this day I still wake up at 0430

  • UniversalChat Chat
    UniversalChat Chat 7 days ago

    What if you're not lucky enough to have a white collar 9-5pm $60,000 and up job?

  • A K
    A K 7 days ago

    I wake up at 11am. And Im a Navy vet.

  • ben mcdonald
    ben mcdonald 7 days ago

    Don't take his advice! They make those guys into subhumans. they dont have free will anymore because they are now a killing machine..this is not a good life. Sleep in.

  • Studies
    Studies 7 days ago +1

    What if you work till 23 pm? 😐😐😐

  • J V
    J V 8 days ago +1

    Guy on the left! Face of a virgin

  • J A
    J A 8 days ago

    7 minutes untill 04:30 , I'm awake , wathcing stupid videos on youtube as you said . You would cry if you'd know this bro .

  • zio kaelani
    zio kaelani 8 days ago

    The main problem to wake up early is you need to sleep early. I can easily get up at 4 am if i sleep at 8 pm. No, i didnt watching useless video at night.

  • Sarim Ahmad Nasim
    Sarim Ahmad Nasim 8 days ago


  • Muhammad Alvin Hilmy Al Fadly

    We, Asian especially Islam. Do it every damn day, 365 day a year

  • Mike Bellagio Music/Gaming

    I wake up at 5 am every day

  • Ady Baez
    Ady Baez 8 days ago

    I bet he go to sleep at 6 pm

  • Cx Town
    Cx Town 8 days ago +1

    I goto bed at 430 no night job I just like being up when it's not bright and hot as hell

  • Justin DeMatteo
    Justin DeMatteo 8 days ago


  • cutum
    cutum 9 days ago

    I just stay up all the damn time. Sleepin is for losers!

  • Giovanni Andrade
    Giovanni Andrade 9 days ago

    So I need to wake up 4:30 too look like that? Naaaah thanks bro.

  • Bob The Burger Builder

    Watching this at 4:30 am

  • Asep Suryana
    Asep Suryana 9 days ago

    Muslim woke up 4.25. For morning prayer. Everyday

  • daniyal k
    daniyal k 9 days ago

    Muslims know this for 1400 years and yet alot of us don't do it because we have stuck in the western imperial system and time schedule

  • sicwidit21
    sicwidit21 9 days ago

    Unless your on meth. U should he asleep at 430 in the morning

  • TA Lindsay
    TA Lindsay 9 days ago +2

    I wake up 5 am every morning. Army girl habit. I enjoy the quiet time, having coffee and planning my day before everyone else moves. Love it. Bed at 8pm...watch some RUclip...sleep by 9-ish

  • Max The Cat
    Max The Cat 9 days ago

    You should wake up every day.

  • Stefan Tataru
    Stefan Tataru 9 days ago

    stfu please,

  • David Evans
    David Evans 9 days ago

    Because getting up at 4.30am is doing wonders for his wrinkles!

  • The Reaper
    The Reaper 9 days ago

    Good...If you want to be unhealthy and go to bed at 7...

  • Morel Miller
    Morel Miller 9 days ago

    I wake up at 4:30 everyday to take a sleeping aid lol

  • Ya Boi
    Ya Boi 9 days ago

    I go to sleep 4:30am...

  • Harsh Kumar
    Harsh Kumar 9 days ago

    My grandfather used to wake up at 8:00Am he is alive and 87 yrs old enjoying life drinking beers !!

  • bigart1993
    bigart1993 9 days ago

    Translation: I get more fapping done before work.

  • Chernoz
    Chernoz 9 days ago +2

    Oh yeah having 2 hours of sleep is a wonderful idea

  • Angel Sanchez
    Angel Sanchez 9 days ago +2

    I honestly was yawning through this whole video. I mean that's great if that works for you but definitely not me. I like to spice it up on the weekends and wake up whenever the f I want ;)

  • John Lee
    John Lee 9 days ago +2

    Opportunity to do things that I need to get done... like sleep?

  • Roberto Hernandez
    Roberto Hernandez 10 days ago

    Nah bro... I wake up at 2:30 am everyday. Come home between 4:30 n 6:00 pm, get paid to work out. Sometimes i don't come home due to working a 24hr shift n still dont sleep so i can take my kids to school

    ARE YOU READY 10 days ago +3

    He looks like hes sleepy rn

  • MrGreenLeaf730
    MrGreenLeaf730 10 days ago

    Only dbags wake up at 4:30

  • xdiablox210
    xdiablox210 10 days ago

    His eyes say it all.. he needs rest

  • Danny
    Danny 10 days ago

    4:30 ? .... to make war at the infidels and the non believers in the name of Mickey Mouse and Rock & Roll?

  • vaggelis Tsourmas
    vaggelis Tsourmas 10 days ago +3

    Idk dude this guy looks to me like a buffed version of Jimmy Kimmel

  • Brandon thomas
    Brandon thomas 10 days ago +1

    Lmao no thanks. 6:00am is perfect for me

  • Brent Spencer
    Brent Spencer 10 days ago

    I'm up at 3 and in gym at 4

  • Michael Olin
    Michael Olin 10 days ago +1

    I don't know about this, my grandfather died in his 70s of cancer and looked younger than this man.

  • christopher joseph
    christopher joseph 10 days ago

    Let his ass wake up at 4:30 !

  • kgain673111
    kgain673111 10 days ago

    What if you don’t get off work until 0700? What time should I get up then?

  • Toes
    Toes 10 days ago

    How can y’all sleep at 4:30 am?? Smh

  • Raf
    Raf 10 days ago +1

    If I wake at 4:30am, that only gives me 30 minutes sleeping time. Hell no! Yes i sleep at 4

  • Sujad R
    Sujad R 10 days ago

    Are they made some kind of beast or monster out of this gay in the army?😕😕😕

  • Jannik Prisaac
    Jannik Prisaac 10 days ago

    I don't want to be the guy dating his daughter

  • Martis Ustinov
    Martis Ustinov 10 days ago

    Woke up at 11 and this one of the first videos I see. RUclip trying to tell me that I am a piece of shit

  • amit revoo
    amit revoo 10 days ago

    I wake up at same time every day and that is 10 am 😎

  • visharad rawat
    visharad rawat 10 days ago

    Same time everyday

  • Arn Anderson
    Arn Anderson 10 days ago

    He look like tito ortiz older brother

  • Ace Victory
    Ace Victory 10 days ago +5


  • jadekayak01
    jadekayak01 10 days ago +1

    Wake up at 04:30-ice still got 1 1/2 hours of work to go at 04:30

  • ctmql91 !
    ctmql91 ! 10 days ago +1

    Ill admit it must be tough, specially for people like me with a bed time at around 4:29 am...

    SOCAL DANK 10 days ago

    Heart attack in 5 years

  • **_** kysu
    **_** kysu 10 days ago +2

    So I wake up at 7am to get up to school but I want to stick to waking up at 12pm... now how do I tell my school that?

  • Tamás Nyapi
    Tamás Nyapi 10 days ago

    I’m up watching videos like this until 4:30 am at least

  • Tamás Nyapi
    Tamás Nyapi 10 days ago +1

    Lately I take cold shower listening to navy seals video. So tough I am.

  • 9385dee7
    9385dee7 11 days ago

    Is that Antonio for RMRS?

  • Salxa Dudes
    Salxa Dudes 11 days ago

    This mf looks scary

  • Lovely Pete
    Lovely Pete 11 days ago +4

    I recommend praying Salah 5 times a day starting with fajr Salah just before break of dawn.

    • Lovely Pete
      Lovely Pete 8 days ago

      Don't require your love. You are in error not me. See you in the hereafter as fuel for fire. Don't need any1 to like me.

    • Lovely Pete
      Lovely Pete 8 days ago

      And very bad spelling what did you say you was English or an import FAKE English

    • Lovely Pete
      Lovely Pete 8 days ago

      Do I smell a disbelieber cos you don't wash yourself properly.

    • Giovanni Andrade
      Giovanni Andrade 9 days ago +1

      I recommend you too drink some water and eat some food these days becaus you breath be killing us bro

  • Luis Capellan
    Luis Capellan 11 days ago

    If there was ever a movie about him. Matt damon would portray him

  • MasterKaiser95
    MasterKaiser95 11 days ago

    2:04 i am offended right now

  • rick white
    rick white 11 days ago

    He look tired af tbh

  • Mark Kamphuis
    Mark Kamphuis 11 days ago

    Unlike this (no offense) dull yokels', my brains are constantly running next level overtime. Getting to bed early is a no can do for me.

  • Marin Đaković
    Marin Đaković 11 days ago

    How to get brainwashed by army

  • Brandon Kiplinger
    Brandon Kiplinger 11 days ago

    I don’t get off work until 3am 😂

  • Harshdeep Dwivedi
    Harshdeep Dwivedi 11 days ago +8

    But but.... it's already 2:30 am right now

  • NecumNaTo
    NecumNaTo 11 days ago

    Yeah but he goes to sleep at 9 PM instead of 12 like every normal human

  • Viresh Yelagi
    Viresh Yelagi 11 days ago

    Stupid RUclip !!! I seen you here only

  • Ian Docherty
    Ian Docherty 11 days ago

    I do.....I just don’t get up ‘til 9. 😂

  • nastastic
    nastastic 11 days ago

    Get up and go and his eyes are hanging out of his head. He didn't mention anything about when he goes to bed how much sleep he has. Jocko sounds like a cocko

  • holybagpipes
    holybagpipes 11 days ago

    That's amazing logic! If you work till 2:30 AM then you have a whole hour and half for sleep. Ingenious!

  • Soy Pablo
    Soy Pablo 11 days ago

    I wake up 4:20 AM everyday so i can smoke a joint and hit a bong.

  • Liam Hawke
    Liam Hawke 11 days ago

    2:09 the irony...

  • Michael Griffiths
    Michael Griffiths 11 days ago +87

    I took his advice and lost my job. My shift started at 3am.

  • TxT Peer
    TxT Peer 11 days ago

    You feel like shit for 3 h straight but its cool

  • RuffTheCow
    RuffTheCow 11 days ago

    My man I wake up at 3 am everyday just to make it to a 6 o'clock start at work.. Im better than a Seal..?

  • Hebs
    Hebs 11 days ago +1

    Yeah. No thanks.

  • HoodEE
    HoodEE 11 days ago

    Run, Forest. RUUUUUNNNNN

  • HooperLegend
    HooperLegend 11 days ago

    If you wake up early, you'll sleep earlier in the night when you can be productive. Why not be productive until 12am and wake up late at 7am. It's still the same right?

    • xyoopridex
      xyoopridex 11 days ago

      I guess so, but I've noticed that when I sleep early like 10:30pm, I've noticed that I feel more refreshing even if I sleep less than usual but if I sleep late like midnight and over, regardless of how many hours I sleep I feel sluggish, but each to their own I guess.

  • Jesus H Medrano
    Jesus H Medrano 11 days ago +1

    I could never wake up early to work out and when i tried i was tired the whole day, i always preferred to go at night or evening