Starting a Morning Routine with Narcolepsy

So this is going to be short and sweet, just letting you know how the first weeks of the 5 AM Club have been for me.
I started out strong, and woke up at 5 AM, exercised, meditated, and wrote something creative once. I know many people say it’s important to have a morning routine with narcolepsy, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

The next week, I also got up and I got all the way to the meditation before I got off track. It turns out getting up early doesn’t guarantee the rest is easy.

Sunrise view over Rhine river that is part of my morning routine with narcolepsy
My morning view

Waking up at 5am

I love saying that I get up with the sun. And where I live, the sun is currently peeking out at 6 am. Maybe that is why I am finding myself setting the alarm for 6 instead of 5. But it’s hard to make sure you get to bed early enough to wake up at 5 am. I know that sleep is important and I don’t intend to burn the candle at both ends for no good reason.

I am lucky that since I am self-employed, I get to start my day when I want to. Even if I wake up at 6:00, I generally have 3 or 4 hours before I start meetings with clients. So for now, I am intentionally changing my morning wake up time to 6:00. I can always change it when it feels right.

I have a long ways to go in perfecting my morning routine for narcolepsy, but I am proud that I have started on that journey! I will keep updating you as I go along.

In the meantime, let me know if YOU have a morning routine that works for you!

Kayla Dhankhar AKA kaylamdouglas smiling and walking on a bridge in Frankfurt Germany

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